Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Main. In addition to relevant lines from a WIP, we’ve encouraged authors to tell us about a primary writing/publishing goal or some other *main thing* they are willing to share. [More info]

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~ Scott R. Rezer ~
People often ask me why I write historical fiction. The answer is simple. I can’t change the facts of an historical story (I could, but I digress for this little exercise!), so my goal in writing—whether it is historical fantasy, fiction, Biblical, or romance—is to convey an accurate historical setting, but create unpredictable backgrounds to the story that history didn’t bother to record!

~ Laurean Brooks ~
The main thing I’d like to convey to beginning writers is, “Don’t give up.” Even when it looks like you are spinning your wheels and going nowhere. If God has given you a desire and a gift with the written word, pursue it. Forget what others think. Write in your own voice and write for your own pleasure. Be true to yourself. Don’t try to copy a famous author’s style. You are unique. God only made one you. Surround yourself with encouraging people and avoid Dream Stealers—those who try to discourage you. Hang onto your dream and keep pushing forward.

~ Jessica Marie Holt ~
I think the main theme in all of my work is homecoming. I even have a literary fiction short story series called “Homecoming,” where three older people, each longing for a sense of home, meet by chance and help each other find what they’re looking for. All of my books, in one way or another, are about reconciling, coming back to the heart of things, and remembering what truly matters. In every one there’s some sense of longing for a connection—for family, roots, comfort, and a sense of belonging. Even in the spy series I’m working on, Arthur’s only true goal is to protect his wife and take his life back so he can have his dream—a cozy little existence, where he can live in peace, sitting by the fire every day, and kissing his wife good night every night. I personally believe that every author and artist has a main “theme,” something they are trying to work out and process in their own hearts, and it comes out in all of their work. I guess you could say coming home is mine.