You are not the first person to write a Mormon missionary story. In fact, there’s a good chance that your Mormon missionary story has already been written.
You stand a better chance of writing a good Mormon missionary story if you take the time to read Mormon missionary fiction written by other writers first.
Mormon missionary stories can explore more than just the tensions between doubt and belief and individuality and conformity. Also, stories involving the pairing of an obedient with a disobedient missionary already have two strikes against them.
It is okay for the missionaries in your story to be naïve; however, it is not okay for you, the writer, to be naïve about them and their experiences.
Your story about the Mormon missionary who has sex is neither edgy nor original. It has been told many, many times before.
Stories about Sister Missionaries are often more interesting and original than stories about Elders.
I have never read a story about a senior missionary couple or a disabled missionary, but I want to.
Mormon missionary stories do not need to be about white American young men. They do not need to involve Americans. Nor do they need to involve humans.
Sometimes the best Mormon missionary stories focus on the characters who are not missionaries.
Foreign and urban mission fields do not need to be danger zones.
Your story about a misunderstood Mormon missionary intellectual has already been written.
The best Mormon missionary stories maintain a global perspective without losing their intimate sense of place.
The Great Mormon Missionary Novel is yet to be written.
Mormon missionary fiction succeeds only when it becomes more interesting than real-life mission stories.
Mormon missionary work has changed a lot in the past year. New Mormon missionary fiction should reflect this change.