Who Does Your Writing Nurture?

For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:13-14) 

As an author, when you take up your pen (or sit at your keyboard) you are writing for an audience. You become a teacher. Great teachers are storytellers, whether they speak, write fiction or nonfiction, paint, or even sculpt. Sometimes the platform of fiction will touch a reader in a far greater way, or help the reader to understand a truth they would have otherwise missed.

But are you preaching to the choir? Does your word fall on deaf ears?

Christian fiction can usually be split into two sorts: the kind written for encouraging the brethren, and the kind to spark conviction or interest in an unbeliever. But almost never does it do both. Why? It’s the difference between milk and meat. A baby cannot eat meat, and an adult can only take so much milk.

 So be honest with yourself as you read and reread your work. Who are you writing for? Who is your audience? Make sure that you focus on your target audience the most and write that which would appeal to them. This is our best way of honoring the One we point to, and getting our word across.

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