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Sunday, February 27, 2022

How My Spiritual Journey Affected How I Write

    My life slowly began to change once I got a better understanding of who I was personally and spiritually. I discovered that I was an Israelite, and through the grace and mercy of the Most High God, Yahawah, and our Lord and Savior, Yahawashi, who the world unknowingly calls God and Jesus Christ, I had a better understanding of the Bible and a sense of clarity and peace that I’ve never experienced in my fifty years of existence at the time. Every facet of my life improved―I wasn’t behind the eight ball financially anymore as I started to get promotions at work and make better choices in terms of spending money. I also started to make lifestyle changes like giving up pork and alcohol, and I drastically slowed down on the nightlife. Things in my personal life had improved as well, though not without the daily challenges that everyone experiences, and this major transition in life also had a major impact on my writing.

    I published my first fiction book back in 2008 titled Ulterior Motives, and I was a newbie to self-publishing. I categorized myself as an urban fiction author, and like many of my peers in that genre, the language in most of my books was graphic―I used every curse word known to man, and my sex scenes were rated R on a good day. However, I experienced writer’s block once I embarked on my spiritual journey, and I didn’t write or publish anything for two years afterward. I wasn’t sure how to represent myself as an author at that point, and I removed all of my previous works from the Internet because my spirit wouldn’t allow me to write or sell fiction novels that didn’t have a positive theme overall. Now don’t get me wrong―I may create stories with a new sense of purpose, but there’s still an authenticity and realism to my writing style―I don’t sugarcoat my themes like the Hallmark Channel, for example. I’ve curbed my language to the point that a young adult can safely read my books―no B-words, N-words, F-bombs or sexually explicit language are currently present in my novels, but my dialogue isn’t rated G, either.

    Customer feedback has been positive for the most part as I have received very little criticism for cleaning up the foul language in my books. I also had a breakthrough in book sales because prior to 2018, I hadn’t had any success in writing whatsoever. I knew that I couldn’t call myself a man of the Lord and continue to write smut, and I wasn’t afraid to reinvent myself and continue to write stories that entertain my reading audience to the best of my ability. All praise, honor, and glory to Yahawah Bahasham Yahawashi. 

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