Thursday, April 30, 2020

IN A WORLD OF WHAT IFS? By Sharee Stover

A favorite book plotting tool I use is the “What If?” game. I ask myself the question throughout the course of a story’s development. Of course, in the beginning when I’m researching, I ask “what if?” in a general sense, for instance when I’m pondering a possible plot.

When I’m in a scene and want to up the ante, I ask, “What if?”

And when I’m doing edits I ask, “What if?”

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The whole point of asking, “what if?” is to make our characters’ lives a little more miserable. I know that sounds incredibly cruel but, the bigger their challenges, the bigger their victories. Or failures. It’s okay to have both.

The risks and adventures in their journey give our characters life. The way they handle situations brings out their inner fears, beauty, and values.

And in the end, our characters grow and mature. At least we hope so, because an unchanged character is boring.

I can’t help but wonder if God allows the “what if?” periods of our lives for similar reasons. When we have life all figured out, we’re busy being busy. In those times when I feel most in control, I’m checking off things in my dayplanner, scheduling appointments, meetings, and events. I’m crossing off items on my To Do list and feeling like I have got this thing handled. And it’s those moments where I fall into the false sense of security that I’m in control of my life.

But throw in a “what if?”, mix it up, take away my planner, add in a pandemic … and “what if?” becomes an in-my-face reality.

In those uncertain times, the “what ifs” free us to ask questions, explore new ideas, and admit we don’t have a clue how to handle a situation. It’s where we throw up our hands in full surrender and admit we aren’t in control.

Like that’s news to God.

But friend, sometimes, it’s news to us because those “what if?” moments ground us in reality, setting us back where we should be. On our knees admitting to God that we are not in control and honestly, it’s all a little unnerving.

And it’s there in the quiet, in the place where I’ve cast my care that I find He is fully in control.

What if God loves me enough to take care of today?

What if God loves me enough to take care of tomorrow?

Does that mean I’ll live sheltered in a bubble fully protected from every bad thing? Of course not. In fact, this year has been one of the toughest I’ve faced and it’s not even summertime.

But it does mean I am not alone. And neither are you. No matter what is on the other side of “what if?”, God’s in control. And because I belong to Him, because you belong to Him, He’s got us. And if God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).

Someone’s after a deadly weapon…

and only she can stop them.

It’s undercover ATF agent Randee Jareau’s job to make sure the government’s 3-D printed “ghost gun” doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. So when someone goes after scientist Ace Steele, she must protect him…before she loses the undetectable weapon and its creator. But with a mole inside Ace’s company and everyone a suspect, this assignment could become Randee’s last.

Colorado native Sharee Stover lives in Nebraska with her real-life-hero husband, three too-good-to-be-true children, and a ridiculously spoiled dog. A self-proclaimed word nerd, she loves the power of the written word to ignite, transform, and restore. She writes Christian romantic suspense combining heart-racing, nail-biting suspense and the delight of falling in love all in one. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Nebraska Writer’s Guild. Sharee is a triple Daphne du Maurier finalist, winner of the 2017 Wisconsin Fabulous Five Silver Quill Award, and her debut, Secret Past, won Best First Book in the 2019 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards. When she isn’t writing, Sharee enjoys reading, crocheting and long walks with her obnoxiously lovable German Shepherd. Visit her at www.shareestover.com.

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29 comments:

  1. Good reminder. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Sharee, great post! What if God loves me enough to take care of tomorrow?-so powerful!

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    1. Sally, some days I need that reminder more than others.

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  3. What powerful words, Sharee! I'm so glad I stopped by today for this inspiration.

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  4. Good morning, Sharee!

    Thank you for the timely post. I love the analogy of What if? In these unnerving times. God is in control! And He is for us!

    Yvonne Weers

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  5. Thank you for such an encouraging post, Sharee. I ask the "what if" question all the time for my characters, but not for myself. Love your perspective. Congratulations on your new book!

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    1. Hi Laura! Our poor characters can sure take a beating in our what iffing. LOL

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  6. Great post Sharee. Jane Austen once wrote "My characters shall have, after a little trouble, all that they desire." That assurance is what gets me to the end of the book, both in reading and writing.

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    1. Sharee, was a beautiful reminder that puts things in perspective. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Oh, Sharee, you saw my heart!

    Like you, I like being in control. However, a few weeks ago, I found myself in complete panic mode. In unfamiliar surroundings with uncomfortable expectations...compounded by the virus situation...I worried about family members. I fell apart. Broken and on my knees.

    Waking one night, God called my name. (And pronounced it correctly!) His voice carried compassion and gentle admonishment. Do not fear. Do not worry about tomorrow.

    From that night on, I felt more peace. I didn’t need to be in control. I WASN’T in control. God is. To be honest, I’m still working on the complete trust, but hearing His voice was a turning point.

    Thank you for your post. And congratulations on starting a new series! It sounds intriguing...and Untraceable Evidence will show up on my Kindle tomorrow! Yay! Blessings!

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    1. Sherida, your words encouraged my heart!! How awesome is God?! And I love that He pronounced your name correctly. :)

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  8. Sharee, I do much the same thing. I usually think, "this isn't real life. Things are going too well. How would this character's flaws and insecurities mess things up for them in this situation or in this relationship. It usually shakes things up a bit.

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    1. Yes Tami, I agree, we need to shake up their lives. How else will our characters know how wonderful they are? :) Happy writing!

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  9. Terrific interview, Sharee! Can't wait to read your May 1st release!

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    1. Hi Tina! Seems like we were talking about this book just yesterday...a year later...TADA! Can't wait for you to read it too :)

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  10. This made me smile: it’s not even summertime.
    Do you expect bad things to happen soon?
    Great post, Sharee. I look forward to our next moments together, and I am so anxious (in a goo way) to read your May release.

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    1. LOL LoRee, it's been quite the start to the year for many of us, no doubt. I'd much prefer a happily-ever-after-ending. It's the romance writer in me. Giggle.

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  11. Wonderful post, Sharee - - thank you!
    Yes, we need to remember that we are not in control, but our amazing God is---and HE does a much better job at handling things than we do!
    Congratulations on your upcoming book---so proud of you!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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    1. Patti Jo, Hugging you right back! Why do we forget God's so much better at being in control? LOL.

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  12. Amen. God is in control. We need to lean on Him.

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  13. Hi Sharee! I'm so happy to have you on Seriously Write today. I've read and loved both your LIS books and I'm eagerly awaiting this one.

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    1. Waving to you Terri! Thank you so much for having me! And I can't wait for you to read Randee and Ace's story.

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  14. Wonderful insight and inspiration!

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