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I have been watching the media for a while and found myself with a large amount of thing about different topics from all genres and sources from pieces of art to pieces of rotten comercial intent, people nowadays are very used to that sort of things and I personally am used to that to the point I only say: ''na''. I want to write and feel atractted to various topics from magic to sci-fi, fantasy, Gothic and dark a bit gory, violence, personally I want in a fiction work to be "complete" (intense emotion, violence, sexual matters but no comercial but in the amount that the story itself requieres to feel complete) like in a work of nonfiction want it to be brutally sincere. To make things short, I am working on a novel and a universe of fiction already have been working on it for 3 to 4 years and still feel to have a lot of road to walk; in my stories I want to show violence, problems, emotions, homosexuality and when needed erotic topics, please, don't misunderstand I am not going to show them like the way out or the fun way or something that gives a twisted view promoting something that the Bible says it's wrong. What I want to do is show them in the reality, like we do in our world (with some fiction sensation but only the must have).

 

The fact is the world is not pink colour and there are gay Christians (I am not ok with it, for a time i thought was that way too, but finally I faced the fact that is a sinful life like the world promotes or leaving behind sin and following Jesus), violence, gory things and dark people, there are things without apparent logic explanation happening each day. I am talking about writing those topics about them using them but changing them to give an edifying message that can help people. I am between two sides or options: do it that way and give it my best changing things and doing Christian fiction "complete" (yes, that universe is created in a Christian cosmological vision) or to make puritan fiction (what a part of me sees like not doing something because of fear what I think is bad too)?

 

Oh, and to finish, maybe I am being a bit to talky but i have this question: Can a Christian write secular fiction (create secular art too) not promote satanism but you know make cartoons and books without mentioning God or not doing it directly?

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I appreciate your openness and honesty. I think the primary question you have to ask yourself is, what is the purpose of my story? Why am I writing this? What separates Christian writers from secular writers is our focus to glorify God in our work. In order to glorify God, our work must be separate from the work of the world.

 

Just as our lives need to be separate from the world to call ourselves followers of Christ, if your work is going to be "Christian" work then it needs to follow Christ and not the world. I would encourage you to read writers like Francine Rivers, who have written excellent Christian fiction that addresses real issues of today's society without compromising conviction or standards. She's addressed things like prostitution (Redeeming Love), premarital sex and sexual abuse (Bridge to Haven, the Atonement), generational sin (Lineage of Hope), and more.

 

The struggle with writing work that addresses real issues such as you mentioned, is making sure your work isn't glorifying the work of the enemy, but glorifying God. While God designed sex between man and wife as glorifying to him, I wouldn't encourage you to write erotica in any form because you need to consider the heart of the person who would read it. If a married man who struggles with pornography picks up your book, would it encourage him toward repentance, or make him fall into sin?

 

These are just a few things to consider as you move forward. I would also encourage you to read books about character development. Every character has positive and negative attributes, that's what makes them appealing. Check out books like Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger (1990) and the Writers Guide to Character Traits by Linda Edelstein (2010) to learn how to balance good and evil in your characters.

 

Just remember, Christian writing is meant to be set apart, not sterilized. It all depends on how you write your story, and ask yourself if Christ would be honored for your work to have his name attached to it.

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Thank you, when I read your message feel different, before I searched for an answer in the internet, thought a lot of the same, faced a lot of emotional and internal problems but when I read that message felt like, don't know how to explain it in words right now, it's like those words touched me. A thing that I learned with the hard rock bands of my brother is that we all have a lot of trash deep inside and the artist... the responsibility of the people that express feelings in the product of their hands, our responsibility is to make things that edify and do well to others; know that I now this I will work to turn that trash I have and make something that can help other people. Thanks God for inspiring you in those words and thank you very much, for taking the time to write that message.

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I have written a seculercoloring book for Christmas and am waiting on the artwork for a second coloring book about a superhero, but is seculer. So in my opinion we can write seculer stuff.

Just a note I am close to finishing the writing part of my second religious book also.

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yawarakai, congrats on your work! Hope it all does well! :)

 

Also, you may want to read, if you haven't, the thread on trademarks. You can't use the word *superhero* because it is trademarked. However, you could use super hero. Just thought I'd let you know.

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yawarakai, congrats on your work! Hope it all does well! :)

 

Also, you may want to read, if you haven't, the thread on trademarks. You can't use the word *superhero* because it is trademarked. However, you could use super hero. Just thought I'd let you know.

 

I didn't know that. Thanks Lynn!

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