Thursday, November 5, 2015

God's Place in Our Writing, by Paulyn Aneke

Writing is often said to be a lonely journey. But I’d always thought that to be a huge exaggeration. After being at it for over three years now, the words have proven true in every sense.

That’s where God comes in. Good writing is showing, not telling our beliefs. Readers can better learn from seeing our characters’ experiences rather than hearing about them. The challenge is knowing which scenes to create, and how best to relate their message.

So, how do we know God’s place in our writing, exactly? We show what the Lord has done in our lives, what He is doing, and what He promised to do. Some of us have heard audible voices, or have received His direction from others. We have to listen for it.

God created our lives and so has a hand in everything we are, everything we do, and all we’ll ever accomplished. If we believe and open our hearts, He’ll guide our lives, become the map that sets forth what we’re expected to achieve.

Phil 2:13—For it is God who works in you, BOTH to will and to do for His good pleasure.

This brings me back to where I started: writing is lonely. How do we ensure we don’t cave under that loneliness? By acknowledging God and talking to Him every step of the way. He gives us determination through the valley of writing and up the rocky terrain of publishing. God becomes the perseverance factor, and the peace factor.

2 Sam 22: 34—He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places.

No one succeeds on a lonely journey without the One who knows the end of the road, right from its beginning. A tree can find itself in a tough location and, against all odds, tap the nutrients it needs to grow.

You can face the ‘mountain’ of writing a book and tell yourself, I’m going to touch many lives with my story. That is God, cheering you on, pushing you to work harder, so that you will become your best and accomplish His will.

In God’s hands we are nothing but PENCILS, but that is everything.

Paulyn Aneke is from Anambra in Nigeria and enjoys writing romance and romantic suspense. When she's not working as a clinical instructor in the School of Nursing, she's singing, reading, or, of course, writing. 

Paulyn is most grateful for her two children, ages six and eight, and for her husband who is a source of moral support and who believes in her desire to write and show God's love. 


  1. Well said, Aneke! We've got to tap into God as the source of our perseverance and peace! Thanks for a great reminder :-)

  2. Thank you, Paulyn! A great post and a great reminder!

  3. Great blog. God truly is our foundation, our companion and our guide in the writing journey.

  4. Thanks, everyone. I had something else in mind but ended up with this. It was a reminder for me too.