I planned to write at least 1,000 words of the book today since it’s my last day off work. Instead I watched the Prime Ministerial Debates from last Thursday on BBC Iplayer.
Now I have never truly understood politics but after listening to the 3 main parties, Labour, Tories and Lib Dems argue their cases, it was interesting to see the similarities between what they do and what I am doing as an author.
Firstly, we both have a vision to help people.
Each prime ministerial candidate makes claims that they want to serve the people and they want to make improvements for the benefit of the nation. In the same way, I believe writers should write for the benefit of their readers and improve their lives either directly or by helping them to do so themselves.
Secondly they claim to know their audience.
Each candidate gives examples of how they know their constituents. It is almost as if each one tries to out do the others by giving the most convincing sob story of how they spoke to a real person about real issues.
Gordon Brown starts with something along the lines of ‘I went to a hospital and spoke to one of the nurses’. David Cameron chirps in with ‘when my son was in hospital, this and that happened’. Nick Clegg might end with ‘I have a lot of experience with hospitals especially the ones in Sheffield, where I’m the MP btw, yes I go to hospitals and speak to nurses everyday’.
Like these politicians, authors have to know their audience. They need to speak to those they wish to write to and find out exactly what their needs are in order for them to meet those needs.
Thirdly, both authors and politicians write.
All political parties have their Manifestos which outlines their policies. Each Manisfesto is judged by the public primarily on its content.
If the content of what is written does not appeal to me, i.e. the parties are not addressing issues I find important, I do not vote for them. In the same way authors need to ensure that the content of their book is highly relevant and beneficial to their potential readers.
There were many more similarities I saw between authors and politicians which we will leave perhaps for another day.
What I will conclude with though is the biggest difference we have.
As an author, I write with my readers in mind. I write to bring freedom where there is bondage. I write from true experiences either mine or others so that my readers can learn from and be encouraged by my writing.
More than anything I rely on divine inspiration from the Word of God and the Spirit of God because this is what brings true freedom.
It feels however that politicians in general cannot be trusted. They come across as sly, sleek and slippery, trying to convince you to buy into their vision for you by making you think it was all your idea. I found most of their answers robotic. Even the way they behaved and carried themselves seemed rehearsed.
But after all I have said I cannot be too harsh. I have to give them credit for the responsibility they have. I have to respect them for the office they are in.
Who am I voting on May the 6th? Is it Labour? Will it be Conservative (that David Cameron has fixed up hasn’t he)? Or will it be the ‘alternative’ party Lib Dems?
I don’t know yet. I suppose you will have to wait and see.
In the meantime, I need to spend some time in praying. Not only praying for this country and its leaders but also praying for divine inspiration as I write my book.
I want to truly impact your lives. I want my book to bring you freedom. I don’t want to be like a politician and give you empty promises.
I want my book to be filled with truths from the Word of God, that haven’t been manipulated or misrepresented. Just the truth about how God desperately wants you to be free from fear.
Jesus Christ once said, You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free; John 8:32.
Apostle Paul also said where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty; 2 Cor 3:17.
I want to be a divinely inspired Author
May God bless and keep you in His presence forever, Amen
Dr Elizabeth F Babatunde