Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Want to Write Biblical Novels?
Writing a Bible-based novel can be successful or risky. But if you use these simple guidelines you should be able to appeal to a large audience.
- Always assume the Bible is correct
You get messed up if you accept the popular myth that modern science knows better. Science can shed light upon the Bible, but it can never contradict the Bible.
- Do Your Diligent Research
Use the Bible as a filter, a spotlight or research. When you find a new ‘fact’ shine the spotlight upon it. In my novels I studied the clothing, foods, weapons,and more of that era.
- Work the Biblical Text into the Story
Sometimes take a direct quote of one or more verses and make them part of the story. Mix the Bible and modern English together so the characters speak using both interchangeably.
- Use Bible Characters
This is unavoidable but good. If your reader is familiar with the Bible, there will be a common connection between your novel and the Bible.
- Try avoiding conflicting characters
But the Bible may have more than one character with the same name. This creates a difficulty especially for readers who skip (one reviewer skipped and claimed I was inconsistent with my characters).
- Use only one Bible version
You can use other versions to increase your own understanding, but only use one in the book. Otherwise you run the risk of confusing your reader. I use only KJV because I believe it is the only accurate version.
- Don’t Be Preachy
That doesn’t mean no gospel nor no sermons or other Christian statements. It means not being overbearing. The gospel, sermons, etc., should all fit within your story seamlessly!
Tip of the Day: Use above guidelines.
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