Good morning, afternoon or evening, fellow Christian writers! (It’s morning here as I write, but I realise it may not be the same for you by the time you read this, or if you live in a different time zone :-)) How was your week? Did you get any serious writing done? Do let me know in the comments section below what you are writing at the moment, how it’s going, and if you need any help!
So, on to this week’s writing tip: do you root for the underdog? According to research, most people do. Unless their own team is directly involved, football fans love it when a lower league team beats one of the giants in the FA cup. We rejoice when an Erin Brokovich gets the better of a big corporation. We love stories of insignificant people overcoming the proud, mighty, violent, uncaring big guy.
People like it when fairness and justice win the day – and quite right too! Children also have a very strong inbuilt sense of right and wrong. They know that David, with his faith and slingshot, should win over Goliath, that the downtrodden should overcome bullies, that those who abuse those weaker than themselves should get their comeuppance.
So remember that in your stories. Make your villains dastardly . . . but give your hero courage, ingenuity, faith, perseverance and whatever it takes to vanquish evil. Your readers will love it, and it’s biblical. Maybe your story will inspire them to realise that they, too, however insignificant they may feel, can be an overcomer. What could be a better reason to write?
Trust that helps with your current project, or maybe the next one!
Until next time,
P.S. Do you have an underdog in your story? Tell us about it in the comments below!