Saturday, July 10, 2010
What are your lies?
We tell ourselves lies about who we are all the time. Every day. When I was about ten I tried singing with my sisters for my father. He laughed and said I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. Ever since then, I’ve believed that I am the worst singer in the world and dread having someone hear me sing in church as I stand next to them.
So maybe I can’t sing. (I think Dad was right.) But what if that lie had prevented me from becoming the next ------ (name your favorite singer here—I don’t want to date myself too much)? What if that lie had changed my future permanently and I could have excelled in an area that I should have?
In our writing, we need to give our characters a lie to believe about themselves so that they will have something to overcome throughout the book.
My main character in my WIP believes no one will ever love her and stay with her since both her parents abandoned her in her youth. That’s a lie. We know someone could love her forever but her believing the lie affects her choices and options.
I need to add here that Satan loves the lies we tell ourselves. Oh yeah—I tell myself all the time that maybe I really do stink at writing and will never ever write a book worthy of someone reading. Oh he loves that especially since I add a Christian element to my work and the days I get really frustrated, he is jumping for joy.
Our lies can control our lives if we let them. And that’s the challenge here.
So what lie does your main character believe about himself? More importantly, what lie do you believe about yourself and how are you overcoming it?