Sometimes God calls us to write.
We usually begin by writing for ourselves. But then He expands our audience so He can use us to bless others.
During this process we learn excellence: how to use grammar properly, how to arrange an enticing plot, and how to craft a story that will soften hearts toward the ways of God.
When we ask Him, He will speak specifically to the story we are working on. His mercies are new every day, and He loves to direct our paths. He can help us adjust plot points, develop our characters, and tighten our theme so our story shows the world from His perspective. He can improve our writing so it will be more appealing to those in need of that particular message, but also fine tune that message so it is easier to understand.
We can write in a way that is appealing to the general public because of a well-written story while at the same time revealing the character of God. Most of us don’t know what to say to a person in pain, so we repeat the things we’ve been told despite the fact that they were empty and hurtful. Our characters can demonstrate compassionate responses to difficult situations. Your bad guys can still be bad, your hero can still be a mess, but someone in there can offer a life-changing bit of loving honesty that can alter the reader forever.
Fiction as Ministry: opening hearts toward God.
The goal is a deeper relationship with the living God — meeting the reader right where they are.