Dear Fellow Writers: No Man Is an Island

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Dear fellow writers,

I need your help.

We’re in a war. This is the age of information, and books are written quickly and in huge quantities. Every week my phone notifies me of hundreds of new books to browse in the Kindle store; and that is just in the electronic library. Humanity has been writing since practically the beginning of time, and people keep producing new stories at a viral rate.

We writers are tempted to view the other authors as the competition. Like generals, we scour the Kindle store to see how we can maneuver our own small army of books and gain more ground. Fairytale retellings are the in-thing now? I must write one so I have a chance of survival! J.K. Rowling wrote another novel? Great, now no one will buy my books!

Those are first-person pronouns because I am guilty. When I saw other authors writing books and publishing them, I felt threatened. After all, that only increases the number of books for readers to choose and lowers the probability that they will pick mine. The war for authorship was raging, and I was losing.

Recently, though, I realized that I was wrong.

I can only write a book a year- possibly two when I graduate from college- but readers collect hundreds annually to grow their minds and imaginations. I usually write in speculative genres, but readers want things like historical fiction and thrillers so that they can make sense of our crazy world. I cannot write a decent love story to save my life, but readers search the romance section to find out what true love is. They need it, and I can’t give it.

The truth is, fellow writers, that the war is against lies, not other writers. Face it- there’s a lot of trash on the market right now, and I just can’t provide enough truth to combat the cultural lies. Couples want to know what to do about an unwanted pregnancy; how can I tell them loudly enough that there’s a third person involved? People want to know if marriage is really no more than two people who love each other; how can I reach them with news of the picture of Christ and the Church?

Thus, we truth-writers are all warriors in the same fight, and we are all in the same army. Especially if we are Christians, every other book by a new or indie author has everything to do with our ministries. A successful book is a victory for us all, and a book that no one reads is a wound to us all. Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. No lone writer can fight the war alone. Not even Tolkien, the supreme commander of all fantasy writers could do that, so he had the Inklings. Thanks to that little band of writers, we have masterpieces like The Lord of the Rings and The Space Trilogy.

However, writers have a platform. I say it time and again until people are sick of hearing it: people who won’t listen to a sermon will listen to a story. This is why it makes me sick to hear people say that writing isn’t a real job or that English isn’t a real degree. Legislatures changed the laws on slavery, but it was the writers who first convinced people that those slaves were human beings. Money isn’t the idea here. Writers have more to live for; we are the among the ranks of those who change the world.

Now I’m asking all of us writers to unite. We need more Inklings clubs, more writing circles, more collaborative blogs. We need more indie authors and traditional publishers, teen writers as well as sixty-somethings. We need truth tellers, Christians, and brave warriors, who are authors.

Let’s stop fighting each other about who wrote the best fantasy book of 2016. Let’s start fighting the lies that dragons don’t exist and can’t be beaten.

Sincerely,

Hannah A. Krynicki

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23 thoughts on “Dear Fellow Writers: No Man Is an Island

  1. This is a fantastic post! I agree with you 100%. I believe one of the most powerful things in the world is truth. God is truth as much as He is love, and, more than anything else today, truth is smothered, blurred, ignored. People don’t want truth. It interferes with their own desires, it tears apart their lies. If anything, I’d want to write books that, as you say, deal with matters that people won’t talk about or hear about in sermon format. As long as there’s a good story, however, people will read it.

    I’ve been wondering if there’s a group of writers who do this already. It would be fun to get together and offer support, prayer, etc. There probably is, but I kinda want to start another one with my writer friends … fiction based on God’s Truth or something like that. But there are probably already publishing companies and stuff doing that.

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  2. Reblogged this on Reveries and commented:

    I know I’m supposed to be blogging myself today (and I will! Just be patient; my “December Dares” post will be up this afternoon), but I decided to reblog this fantastic post by Hannah A. Krynicki. I believe I’ve told you before that I write primarily to share truth (without climbing up on the pulpit, at which point peoples’ ears generally turn off). Well, this is a fantastic summing-up of something I’ve been trying to say for a long time. 🙂

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  3. This is such a great post!! We actually discussed this exact topic in my worldview class last week. Christian movie-makers, music artists, and writers are so crucial because people are constantly watching, listening to and reading things. The entertainment field is a HUGE mission field. Keep up the great work, Hannah!

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  4. This is SOO awesome! 😀 Amen!
    About battling the lies… It is Satan who tries to decieve us and make us think that we’re not good enough, or no one will care: that is the Dark’s lies. Yahweh can use each of us- and if we follow Him, no one, not even Satan, can stop us! 😀
    I agree- I would love if more authors, young and old, kinda had small groups… Like, instead of traveling across America (which… I’m pretty sure many of us can’t do…) we just reach out to who is near us. God has us where He wants us, we just have to reach out to each other. Which can be hard to do… But Yahweh’s gift is also fellowship. Which is an amazing thing! ♥
    Awesome post, Hannah. YHVH bless!
    -Angela

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    • Thank you! (Welcome to the blog, btw.) That’s another point that I didn’t have time to explore in depth- we’re supposed to be God’s ambassadors, and as long as we do that, we don’t need to worry about “the competition” at all.

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