I’m an introvert who talks too much. When it comes to writing, I tend to think out loud and dictate as I develop scenes and characters and work through story holes. Often, I find myself in intercession for a character I’ve managed to corner up a tree and have no idea how to get them down again. Needless to say, I can’t write in public.
However, I also love to teach others authors. One of my favorite pieces of advice is to speak your writing into being. There is power in the spoken word, especially when you’re writing with God. Every morning before I write, I speak my intentions for the scene ahead. Sometimes I have a full picture. Other times, I only have a central truth or situation I need God’s help to get my character through. Whatever it is, I speak the story into being.
Then I write. When I’m done with a scene or chapter, I read the whole scene aloud. This allows me to hear what works and what doesn’t. What sentences are too long. When there is too much telling. Where stronger emotion or word choice is needed. I mark those things, then set it aside until my next writing session.
I’ve written two historical novels and two contemporary manuscripts in my six years as an author. And while my writing has grown since that first book, I can still pick it up and be moved by the words. Just as scripture doesn’t return to the Lord void, neither should what we put on the page. The words should move you as an author every time you hear them. And move the reader every time they pick up the book.
I’m Jessica White, and I write stories that shape the soul. The third book in my historical series, Dispelling the Darkness, will be out this summer. My first contemporary romance will be published March 2020 with Mantle Rock. I’m grateful to have found others who love my stories and look forward to seeing them speak truth and love into the hearts of my readers. Please visit my website to learn more about my books, sign up for my newsletter, and find where you can follow me online.