Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Unlike Wounds, Scars Can Work Wonders by Zoe M. McCarthy

Friday, I wanted to delve deeper into my heroine. For the first time, I used my copy of The Emotional Wound Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. I chose my heroine’s compromised basic needs, her false beliefs, her fears, her personality traits, the triggers that aggravate her wound, and what she needs to overcome the emotional injury. As my heroine came alive, I planned to take her on a journey, one where she rises above her wound and falls in love.

I was pumped.

Then on Easter Sunday, our pastor said resurrected Jesus no longer had the wounds he’d suffered on the cross, but he bore their scars to help Thomas's unbelief. Wounds and scars are different. Indulged wounds prevent us from being whole. Scars show our wounds are healed, but they also testify that the wounds happened.

I was intrigued.

That night, I went to our local movie theater to see the true story I Can Only Imagine. When Bart Millard held on to his wound, it prevented him from being authentic in his music. Only glimpses of his gift surfaced. When he faced his wounds and saw the miracle God performed in the one who’d wounded him, he forgave the man and wrote a new song in ten minutes. That creation, “I Can Only Imagine,” has been the most played Christian song on radio ever.

I was inspired.

Then Monday night, I watched Breathe, the true account of Robin Cavendish, whom polio paralyzed from his toes to his head in the sixties. Doctors told him he'd live only three months. While lying in a hospital ward with other paralyzed men on ventilators, Robin wanted to die. He wasn’t interested in God’s ability to work good from his condition. To him, he lived in a prison. His devoted wife asked him what she could do to make him give up his death wish. “Take me home,” he replied.

Robin was the first paralyzed person to live at home hooked to a ventilator. His life improved as his brainstormed inventions aided his movement and communication. Skeptics looked through clinical eyes at what he'd accomplished and thought his life outside a hospital was too dangerous. A pioneer, Robin traveled over the world, advocating for disabled people. God used him to better countless lives.

I was awed.

I’ve been praying for excellence in my writing. Defining my heroine's needs, beliefs, fears, and personality traits from the wound thesaurus was a great start. Then these past few days, the Lord gave me a broader understanding of wounds so I can develop believable characters and reach the hearts of my readers.

What has pumped, intrigued, inspired, and awed you to become a better writer?

A full-time writer and speaker, Zoe M. McCarthy, author of The Invisible Woman in a Red Dress, Gift of the Magpie, and Calculated Risk, writes contemporary Christian romances involving tenderness and humor. Believing opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. When she’s not writing, Zoe enjoys her five grandchildren, teaching Bible studies, leading workshops on writing, knitting and crocheting shawls for a prayer shawl ministry, gardening, and canoeing. She lives with her husband in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Zoe blogs regularly at www.zoemmccarthy.com.

 Cooking Up Kisses (Five Sweetly Scrumptious Novellas)

Alana Mulvaney’s life is in a holding pattern. Consumed by day-to-day operations of the family business, Alana has no time for fun or romance. But a little fun and a whole lot of romance is just what Alana’s sisters have in mind when they learn childhood friend Donovan O’Reilly has returned to town.

Toni Littlebird believes that when she meets the man God created for her, she’ll know—and she’ll love him in that very moment.
But then Dax Hendrick roars into Hummingbird Hollow on a noisy, crippled Harley, stinking up the air and chasing away her beloved hummingbirds. One look into the intruder’s eyes and her heart sinks. He’s “The One.” She’d been right about knowing, but wrong about something far more important: She will never love this man!

Cara Peyton is content with her life, her trendy Baltimore bookshop is perfect for her. But when her ex- turns up to remodel the store, asking for a second chance, she’s torn and unsure about risking her heart again. Can he convince her to trust him, and God, before the job is finished?

Another Valentine’s Day and Quinn Randolph prefers to spend it with her sweet rescue lab. Who needs men and their broken promises? Especially Pierce Karson’s! Years ago, his desertion shattered her. Now he’s trying to steal the property she targeted to expand her florist shop! Pierce only wants to belong…and for Quinn to choose him. His Valentine Promise…

Candace Parks lives a passionless life in Richmond. The computer programmer returns to the empty family home in the Blue Ridge Mountains solely to evaluate her job, faith, and boyfriend. Her high school crush, Trigg Alderman, who barely remembers her, visits his Gram next door. Sorting her life out? How about nothing of the sort!É