For about ten years, I pursued writing with a zeal. But being a Christian, and being involved in a charismatic church where reality wasn’t always as valued as perception, I started feeling like I should be writing Christian fiction. Now, I know Christian fiction gets banged on for being sub-par, much like Christian music. It’s … Continue reading
It’s a balmy night in Texas, one of those nights that’s so hot the falling rain evaporates on your clothes. Bugs congregate around any light they can find. A football team, embittered and disgraced, stands on a neglected field in front of a bonfire. Their coach, just one disastrous game in to his fourth job in three … Continue reading
Last week, I blogged about truth. I tried to establish truth as an absolute, and I touched on the idea that rather than there being multiple versions of the truth, there is only one truth and multiple perceptions of it. For writers, truth is the core of what we do. How many times have you … Continue reading
Far and away, the best feedback I’ve gotten on this blog has been for this post, my musings on Show, Don’t Tell. So I thought I’d spend this whole week discussing writing. I know, fun, right? Since the primary purpose of any piece of writing is to tell a story, that’s where we will begin.
Show, don’t tell. If you’re a writer, how many times have you heard it? This seminal advice has been handed down to aspiring writers of all stripes for generations, to the point that its accepted without question and without reservation. How many criticisms have been levied against a piece of writing for violating this rule? … Continue reading