So as I’ve been researching the Christian fiction market since writing my book, “Like Melvin” (coming soon!) I’ve been noticing a certain trend that is interesting to me: So many people want to be “the next”: the next Beverly Lewis, the next Ted Dekker, the next Tim LaHaye, etc. In keeping with this trend, it seems there are certain themes that keep repeating over and over again in Christian fiction. I wonder if this is really the way writer’s should be going about coming up with story ideas.
Don’t get me wrong: I think it makes a lot of sense to read different fiction from different writers and pick up tips along the way. I simply question the idea of modelling your book/plot after that of a well known author. It can make sense on the one hand; if Frank Peretti sells, I should just try to write like him right?
Well, it’s not up to me to say yes or no. It simply occurs to me that one of the reasons these authors became so popular is that they all formed their own little niche in the Christian writing world. They didn’t try to be like anyone else; they simply brought their own unique ideas and writing styles to the world.
At the end of the day, it’s solely up to the individual, but my thoughts are to hone and perfect your own unique writing style and ideas. Be the next you.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Let me know what you think, and as always, thanks for stopping by!