Fear not, for I am with you,
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 RSV
Is there a writer out there who has as much trouble with conflict in stories as I do? Honestly, if I just wrote the love stories of my heart, we'd go from cute-meet to happily-ever-after over the course of one chapter.
So when I have an AH-HA moment like the one I had today, I want to shout it from the mountain tops. I was rereading an old favorite romance (published back in 1998) today as a treat for all the laundry I managed to wash-dry-fold-put away, this weekend. This book has a very straight forward plot. The conflict couldn't have been plainer and yet - after reading this book maybe 20 times over the years - I was still riveted to the story and its very natural outcome.
The difference today dwelled in the fact that this simple conflict in a well loved book showed me where I was deficient in conflict in my own book. Wow. It wasn't so much that I didn't have conflict; I just didn't let it play out its natural course. I fixed things too quickly.
Isn't it amazing how the good Lord works? I've been toying with this story for probably 3 months now. Each time I sit down to write, a new nugget of awareness is presented to me. Sometimes through the story itself; other times through examples like today.
I've watched my initial idea grow and develop as I begin each writing adventure with a prayer - "Lord, take this story and make it Yours." I may not be breaking any completion records, but the characters and their conflict are blossoming into a thing of beauty.
The credit goes to God and His eternal wisdom. Remember my version of a love story? Short and sweet. The story path God is leading me down is a real romance.
I can't wait for you to read it : )