Creative writing based on Bible principles.



"LET YOUR WORDS BE FEW:"

      "A FOOL IS KNOWN BY A MULTITUDE OF WORDS," but the wise use few words. The Bible principle "LET YOUR WORDS BE FEW" applies to every form of communication. To what you say or write.

      Advertisers are smart to this principle even though they may not have learned it from the Bible. They use short punchy slogans called "sound bites" to catch the ears of buyers.

      But the principle reaches much further than the use of catchy slogans. Every sentence you use in writing should be chiseled down like a sculpter working on a masterpiece. Sentences move faster when excessive words are purged from them. And less word usage makes its easier for readers to grasp what you are saying.

      There is an exception to the rule in writing or speaking where there is a need to gather up all of the loose ends in a communication, and that can involve a sentence numbering as many as fifty to fifty five words. It is the method of choice for a learned man like Flavious Josephus who had so much more to say to his readers than could be communicated in ordinary sentence usage. Large sentences of that size require quite a bit of skill to do.

"USE GREAT PLAINNESS OF SPEECH:"

      The Apostle Paul, miracle worker and writer of holy inspired epistles, spoke for the twelve apostles of whom he was one; saying We use great plainness of speech." Those who use unfamiliar words to language their writings are doing themselves an injustice as well as their reading audience. One of the favorite tools of those who have no real substance in what they are saying, is the use of abstrations. By filling their sentences with abstract rather than concrete meanings, they saying nothing while attempting to convince their readers they are wise.

      Use "great planness of speech" so you too can return to your writings and grasp what you were trying to say. This will be of no small benefit to you as you grow in sanctification and truth.

      In the early stages of the Christian experience, the novice is easily puffed up with pride; and will wish to make himself the instructor of the church in speaking, and in writing through the various media's available today. If you must write, use great plainness of speech so that upon reading your material later, you might come to the knowledge of how much more you must grow in the Spirit and truth before becoming an instructor.

      Meanwhile, your labors are not wasted so long as you do not succeed in obtaining a continuing audience as many before you have done to their own hurt. Some of the so called media greats in Christianity have done incomparable hurt to the body of Christ in teaching winds of doctrine which huff and puff from their unsactified novice pride to this day. They cannot grow spiritually and they make it so multitudes cannot grow besides.

      Use "great plainness of speech" and be honest with yourself and those who read your material. Avoid making yourself appear to be something you are not.

AVOID "ENTICING WORDS OF MEN'S WISDOM:"

      Many would be writers think they need to speak "street talk" "cool talk" "stage talk" or worldly wisdom of some kind to entice the audience they are seeking to gather to read their material. This is not so. We are told in the holy epistle written to the Church at Corinth that worldly wisdom will be brought to nothing.

      If you really have a grasp of the great mystery of godliness, you will need no enticements of worldly wisdom to convince a spiritually hungry audience. You'll remember, Jesus said to Saint Peter. "If you love me, you'll feed my sheep." It's spiritual food the people need, not entertaining rheteric. Too many religious leaders have taken the stage of the churches with the idea of entertaining instead of feeding the flock of God.

      If you have not lived a holy life, you really have nothing to feed.

"REVISION, REVISION, REVISION:"

      SIMILIES, ASSONANCES, ALLITERATIONS, ALLEGORIES, PARADOXES, AND RHYMES ARE ALL VALUABLE TOOLS IN ANY WRITER'S TOOLBOX. BUT ONE OF THE GREATEST TOOL IN ANY WRITER'S TOOLBOX IS HIS HUMILITY. AN ABILITY TO HUMBLE HIMSELF TO REVISING WHAT APPEARED GREAT WHEN IT FIRST WAS WRITTEN, BUT LATER DIDN'T LOOK SO GOOD!

      Anyone driven by a desire to profit financially or to make a name for themself is already guaranteed to fall short of the glory of God in representing him. Otherwise, your humility is not true humility.

      New believers will write a poem or a lyric or a short story or some other attempt at creative writing and will declare it to be from holy Ghost inspired. When they do, they are closing the door to revision. After all, the holy Ghost inspired it! Go and argue with him if you can find him.

      But the humble writer will let the work sit for a couple of weeks while they work on something else, and will look at it objectively with fresh eyes. Sometimes the work will look just as good as it did when it was written, but more often than not; it will look terribly in need of revision. Mark Twain, one of America's greatest writers, said: "It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech."

      The seed of it may have been inspired by the holy Ghost, and if it was started in the Spirit, you can hope the Lord will help you finish it in the Spirit. Keep in mind, the Spirit of the Lord can be with you tomorrow too.

      Think of it this way. You are not yet a perfect antenna for the Spirit, so his Light can shine a little today, a little tomorow, a little the next day and so on until what you are creatively writing has gathered up enough Light to make it useful.

"SIMILIES:"

      A similie will often involve the use of the word "like" in comparing one thing with another whether it be spiritual to spiritual or physical to physical or sometimes something physical to accentuate a comparable meaning spiritually.

      Jesus used the water at the well to cross over to the spiritual and tell the woman, "If you had asked, I would have given you living waters to drink which would have quenched your thirst forever."

      He didn't use the word like to indicate it was a "similie" but it was a similie nonetheless. Drinking water as we know it upon the earth was compared to living water in the Spirit.

     

"RIMES:"

      Perfect rimes are obvious. BLOCK...CLOCK. BANG...PANG. SURGE...URGE. And because they are obvious, it is often times advisable to not use them in communicating stories and instruction. A skillful writer is aware of the sounds and rhythms his choice of words are making, and will use ASSONANCES and ALLITERATIONS to sweeten the sound affects of what he saying. Those lessor rimes are not so easily noticed by the reader to distract them from the thought you are trying to communicate.

      ASSONANCES and ALLITERATIONS are partial rimes found inside words. The ANGLE of the crowbar was MANGLED. The use of ANGLE produces a partial rime known as an ASSONANCE. A CLANGING CLOCK. The CL produces a partial rime known as an ALLITERATION.

      In writing poems or lyrics or even sound bites, ASSONANCES and ALLITERATIONS are not as good as PERFECT RIMES, but in writing a novel or instruction; ASSONANCES AND ALLITERATIONS are preferred to avoid distracting readers from what is being said. The lessor rimes are valuable perhaps in creating the mood or the rhythm.

      The error you want to avoid is forcing rimes irregardless of the form you are using. The writer without passions or convictions for what they are saying tend to be mechanical. In other words, their writings may pass the course in English class for correct usage what they have to say would interest very few.

      If you really have a revelation to communicate or something of substance technically, it is probably better to write it all out in a rough draft as organized as you possibly can, then return to it a few days later to polish it. It is in the polishing process you would consider using ASSONANCES and ALLITERATIONS where it smooths the message without interfering with it.

SUSPENSE:

      The Saints have "GLORIOUS LIBERTY," and not just liberty which all who believe possess by faith. In liberty in the Lord, a writer might be able to find the will of God working in him gloriously to write a novel or a screen script or a spiritual song lyric.

      In finding God's will for your life in writing creatively, if you are surrendered to God in all things; you might be enabled to be used as his pen to do gloriously.

      One of the tools of a creative writer is suspense. We are not talking about the writing of holy epistles but of those other creative masterpieces whereby God might use you for his glory. Creating suspense is a great skill.

      A creative writer gets his audience involved in the lives of the charactors and in doing so, he involves them in their hopes and their fears without making it obvious as to how the story will end.

      This does not have to involve fantasy which the world is snared in. There are many stories to be found in the corners of libraries and used book stores with wonderfully edifiying histories of good use to feed spiritual truths to the public.

      Suspense is a means of holding your audience in their seats to find out the outcome of the story.

      Involve them in the many possibilities to the outcome in such a way they cannot figure it out and keep them emotionally involved in the charactors.

      Let us hope when you are done, they will go home with a lesson from history. Though it is said mankind does not learn from history, the truth of the matter is: Mankind learns lessons from history, but cannot control it. So teach truth from true histories rather than fantasies. There is a great need for people to grow spiritually.

ALLEGORIES:

      An allegory is a story with a parallel truth to it. It is the larger version of a parable which the Lord is famous for in the divinely inspired gospels.

      Let's say the story centers around a man living on a rock high in the mountains. It wouldn't take too much imagination to discern the man was a Sage living on the spiritual Rock that Christ is.

      He comes and goes to the mountain to live on the rock and his sayings are worthy perhaps of the wise sayings of Solomon in the Bible.

      What you have is an allegory. Whether it is inspired or not depends on your relationship with God and Christ.

PARADOXES:

      Paradoxes are contradictions. Here is one.

      How well is the repairman residing there going to fix your electrical problems if he can't maintain his own door bell? Its a contradiction. Its a warning to watch out. Something is wrong.

      In the hysteria to elect Obama someone painted this paradox on a wall suggesting beggers in America were for him, even if it meant going without donations to have him as their President.

      A very powerful message. It may not have been the intent of the artist, but the begger could also be looking for paper money only in his donation cup as the kind of change he is advocating.



      The Light of God is so bright it blinds us.

      The wisdom of God is so great even his foolishness is wiser than the wisdom of man.

      God sees equally in darkness and in the light. His abilities are paradoxical to natural man's abilities. His ways are not our ways, neither are his thoughts our thoughts; for as the heavens are high above the earth; so are his ways and thoughts high above natural man's thoughts.

      Christ "was in the world and the world was made by him and the world knew him not," is a paradox. How can it be possible the creation would not recognize its Creator?

      We live a predestined life and are responsible for our sins. It's a paradox. Yet the fool who hears the paradox and says, "I will do what I will, since my life is predestined; and will make God responsible for my sins because he has created me." ....will find himself standing before God at the great White Throne Judgment unable to defend his foolishness in choosing to live an unsurrendered life. There are no trial lawyers there to pervert justice. Either his name is in the Book of Life or not, and if it is not; he will be cast alive into the lake of fire to die continually forever.

      The paradox will live on. God is the A and the Z of all things, the beginning and the end; and anyone who does not fear God, lacks a much needed virtue. Therefore, in your creative writings, fear God. Write only what He would approve of. Be careful, "In a multitude of words there is sin."

SURPRISES:

      In creative writing, the unexpected tends to hold the audience's attention. The writers of holy epistles constantly offered surprises. The truths they taught are so deep in comparison to the natural understanding of mankind, they tend to surprise and to edify the devout who sincerely wish to learn the ways of God.

      Comedians try to surprise their audiences to make them laugh at perhaps the irony of what is being said. But writers of every kind hold the attention of their audience with surprises. Mark Twain said, "Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation."

      Reality can be very funny when two ideas are married together in a way your listeners never thought of before you said it.

AVOID FOOLISH JESTING:

      Church in America has become religious theatre, and comedians have come out of the churches speaking things they ought not to speak. FOOLISH JESTING is warned against in the Word of God. COMEDY is FOOLISH JESTING. It is a leak in focusing on God and on the gravity of what we are called to do and to suffer in this world. Although the Church in America is experiencing prosperity and freedom of religion such as the world has seldom known, our calling has not changed; nor should we adopt the foolishness of the American church.

      Strangely enough to most Americans, laughter is sometimes referred to as madness in the Bible. (Ref. Ecclesiastes 2:2)Laughter appears to produce happiness, but THE JOY OF THE LORD and PEACE PASSING ALL UNDERSTANDING are our happiness. Seek God's good pleasure and he may say of you: "THIS IS MY SON IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED." When God is pleased, it is not just his pleasure outside of yourself that you will know as earthly parents are pleased with their children, but his pleasure will manifest IN YOU in the Spirit. And that will be no joke!

ANECDOTES:

      An anecdote is a short tale narrating an interesting or amusing biographical incident. It may be as brief as the setting and provocation of a bon mot. An anecdote is always based on real life, an incident involving actual persons, whether famous or not, in real places. However, over time, modification in reuse may convert a particular anecdote to a fictional piece, one that is retold but is “too good to be true”. Sometimes humorous, anecdotes are not jokes, because their primary purpose is not simply to evoke laughter, but to reveal a truth more general than the brief tale itself, or to delineate a character trait or the workings of an institution in such a light that it strikes in a flash of insight to their very essence.


      It was cold and it was lonely standing there in the shadows of the church building broke and hungry on Christmas Eve during the wayfaring years.

      Twenty dollars was a lot of money for me in the 1980's. Showers were hard to come by. It would have been difficult to know whether I was a begger or servant of God by my long red bearded stick man appearance. Hunger and fastings had reduced me to a towering 6'3" weighing 155 lbs. I wasn't wearing rags neither was I washing laundry much,.... either.

      To the Latino male happening upon me in the shadows of the great religious building, I must have seemed like a skyscraper as he looked up suddenly realizing I was there.

      What he mumbled as he looked up in awe and quickly pulled his wallet out, I will probably never know for sure. People had told me I was an angel to them when the anointing of the Lord was Present, but he seemed distraught as he threw down a five and a ten with some ones bundled in mumbling again while I objected:

      "Oh noooo Sir! I'm fine. There is no need to make a donation!

      That did it! He looked up like I had demanded more, ....fumbled for his wallet again momentarily; staggering a little as he reached into it again and threw down a couple of more fives. The wind was kind as a breeze making the money dance a little like a butterfly thinking about taking off.

      "Oh my God man! Stop!" I cried out all the louder in protest! But the more I protested the more money he threw down until he spun around and walked briskly off into the night lighted by street lights and empty of all other humanity.

      I quickly gathered the pile of money he threw down and hurried after him, but he would not look back as I called out offering his money back.

      Imagine that!

      Had others who knew him come out about that time, they could have arrested me for robbery as I ran to catch up, but he was looking back as one seriously afraid closing a locking gate behind him and continuing on with no-else in sight.

      And there I stood outside of the massive apartment complex just around the corner with a fistfull of his money not knowing what to do when the voices of a family arriving home came to my attention.

      I walked back pensively to where my things were tucked away in the shadows and moved on.

      And it began to occur to me the Lord had felt my lonely weariness of the work of a living sacrifice standing in the shadows of the massive church building made of cold hard cement, while the whole world was warmly gathered inside the homes of this great land enjoying their kin.

      I was a man of sorrows.

      Jesus sent a sinner to empty his pockets in a holiday donation for me and sorrow turned to joy in the Lord in holy communion with the Master.

      Thankyou Lord for never leaving or forsaking me.


Amen.