I sometimes don’t know what the verse will be until I dig into the story, get to know my characters a little better and see their fears, their goals, their dreams. But once I have the verse, I make sure the story is filtered through it.
In God Gave the Song, the verse is, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” –Mark 11:25
Again, the main characters must come to terms with this verse. Their inner struggles happen when they go against it, when they refuse to forgive.
The heroine, Meranda, wants to do things her own way, follow the path of her own choosing rather than God’s.
The spiritual thread is not only the way we minister in our stories, it helps us maintain a strong character arc, so that our people start at one end of the thread, but make their way to the other–stronger for it.
Kathleen E. Kovach is an award winning author, leader of the local critique group JOY Writers, and the Rocky Mountain Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. A mom and grandmother, she lives in northeast Colorado with her husband of over three decades. Visit her online: http://www.craftcinema.blogspot.com, http://www.kathleenekovach.blogspot.com, http://www.KathleenEKovach.com.