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Shifting and Shuffling

Funny thing about writing.  It’s a lot like life.  Just when you think you’ve got it all planned out, it changes right before your eyes.

WRITINGI’m nearing the completion of the second novella Skyway in our five novella Gabby Wells series.  The goal of the novellas was to introduce the readers to the characters and world of Gabby Wells while slowly preparing them for the tone of the first novel, Water & Blood.

We’ve mapped out story ideas for the five novellas that mirror the themes of the five novels while easing the reader into the darker world that lie ahead.  However, mid-way through the writing of Skyway, a couple of things changed.

  • First, the entire premise needed to change.  Not the plot, per se, but the characters early reaction to the plot needed to be altered.
  • This effected the mood of the novella, making it more serious and darker.
  • This, in turn, made us realize that it didn’t fit as the second novella, but the fourth.
  • This meant that the relationships would have to be updated because who they are in novella two are not the same as novella four.
  • This also meant that the history of the characters during the plot of Skyway no longer worked and, when updated, made it even darker.
  • This change in novella order also changed where Gabby was on her faith journey which meant her spiritual interaction with the story now had to be different.

Dominos.  One change causing another.

The end result is that I’m almost done with the second novella which is actually the fourth.  This required that the story for the fourth novella be moved to the second novella, which meant that the characters relationships and faith journeys had to be altered too.

I thought I had it all planned out, but the characters and the story informed me otherwise.

It’s not the first time this sort of seismic shift happened mid-write.  I’m certain it won’t be the last.

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Young Adult Faith Journeys

In this interview author Pete Bauer talks about what inspired him to focus on young adult stories and the challenges facing a teenager of faith.

 

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A Healthy Faith Journey

The primary reason I am attracted to creating faith-based entertainment for young adults is because they have virtually no viable options that promote a healthy faith journey.

Whether it be our Nikki & Babs DVD or our upcoming Gabby Wells novel series, I feel there is a growing need for young adult characters that are faced with the same moral challenges of the readers and who have incorporated their faith journey as an important part of their lives.

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Nearly all entertainment geared at young adults promote decisions and life styles that are in complete opposition to church teachings. They confuse lust for love and focus on the lustful stages of a relationship, but quickly abandon it when the “heat” wears off.  They promote indulgence and self-gratification.  They promote materialism and pettiness.  They promote deceit and vanity.

I’m no fool.  All of those things exist.  And all of those things will be faced by a young adult today. But, instead of pushing them to embrace their own selfishness, I create characters that openly struggle with trying to overcome those tendencies, to try and live a holy life in a corrupt and fallen world.

Like the reader, these characters will not always make the right decisions.  They will struggle with selective morality when their faith calling gets too difficult or inconvenient or in the way of their immediate goals.

However, unlike TV and films and most books, our characters brush off their sinfulness and try again, never losing sight of the end goal, entry into Heaven.

Unlike angels, we were not created complete.  We were created to learn and grown, which means we will try and fail.  A faith journey is a life-long process that requires dedication, consistency and filling your life with people and things that help you grow in a healthy way.

We hope the Gabby Wells novel series can be one of those things that help you in your own faith journey.

What other forms of entertainment have helped you in your faith journey?  Let us know in the comments section.

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