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Why Am I Writing This? (52 Weeks of Books Challenge Week Twenty)

Finally, we are all caught up!

Writing in Obedience: A Primer for Christian  Fiction Writers
Terry Burns & Linda W. Yezak, 2014, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Writing in Obedience is a book with writing advice specifically geared towards Christians who are fiction writers. It is meant to help them determine their place in the writing market and audience, whether that be within Christian or mainstream publishing. It is co-written by Terry Burns (well-known book agent and author) and Linda W. Yezak (published Christian romance writer).

Why I Read It:
I was in the middle of trying to determine my spot, and this book looked like it could help.

Technically, there were a few slightly weird things with the formatting of the book, but maybe that's just me being a little bit nit-picky.

Writing in Obedience is divided into three sections.

The first section talks about writing as a calling versus writing as an offering. It also defines Christian fiction and different audience types. This section is meant to help writers who are Christians better determine who they are writing for and what in the way of Christian content is acceptable for their audiences. Some parts of this came across as pitching the authors' fiction writing, although I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and say that was not what they were trying to do.

The second and third sections are more for beginning writers and those just starting on their journey towards being published. I knew most of the information already, but it was good to have the refresher.

Overall, I found Writing in Obedience to be an easier read this time than the last time I attempted it. It flowed well, and I had a hard time putting it down. Reading it felt more like I was sitting in on a writer's round table at a conference, where Burns and Yezak were answering questions from the audience. That might bother some people, though. It has been helpful in that I know better the audience I want to write for. It has also given me peace about how I've chosen to move forward on my journey towards becoming a published writer.

52 Weeks of Books Challenge? What is that? What book is Cat reviewing next week?


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