Every story starts with an idea. Sometimes it takes effort to put an idea together. Other ideas seem to pop into place more or less fully formed. My ideas often come to me at inconvenient times (i.e., middle of the night, in the shower, when I’m busy at work), and it can be a struggle to get the minimum necessary information written down somewhere so I can go back to the idea later. But this post isn’t so much about how to foster ideas or jumpstart your creativity if you’re going through a dry spell. What I’m after is the “should”. “Should I pursue this idea?” While my own personal standards will undoubtedly be reflected in this post, I don’t want to approach this topic in a legalistic fashion. If I can’t conclusively prove from Scripture that my standard is the biblical requirement, it’s okay for you to have a … Keep reading!
What do you think of when you hear the phrase “Christian fiction”? One image that comes immediately to my mind is “Amish romance novels”. I think that’s kinda sad, considering that I co-authored a series of six Christian fiction books with my friend, Tim Chaffey. Other thoughts that filter through my mind are “low-quality”, “cliché”, and “childish”. Sadly, the advent of self-publishing has not, in my experience, done much to change my mind. It seems that everyone wants to be a writer (hey, so do I!), but I have seen numerous books come through that were poorly planned, poorly edited, and downright poorly written. I am working through a book right now that I hope to finish soon so I can properly review it, and without wanting to bash the author, it seems that this book was put to press before sufficient drafting and editing had taken place. I hate … Keep reading!
This week I present a guest post from Janeen Ippolito while I make a valiant effort to not fall behind during the first two days of NaNoWriMo. I believe fairy tales are for everyone. Fairy tales, as part of the larger category speculative fiction, have a wonderful ability to transport your mind into another place and time, tell a fantastic story, and yet still relate to issues that people face in their everyday lives. At their best, fairy tales live on in the minds of readers because they are told with the vibrancy of object lessons. No matter how much evil characters seem to triumph, they ultimately face rotten ends: heads chopped off, eyes gouged out, or even forced to dance in red-hot shoes until they die. No matter how much good characters have to suffer, they ultimately come out alright — most of the time. In fact, the optimistic endings of … Keep reading!
I will hopefully have two book reviews up by the end of the week, and then you likely will not hear from me through the month of November as I participate in NaNoWriMo. Never say never, but there will be plenty to keep me busy between slamming out 50,000 words in 30 days, going to work, and spending at least a couple minutes here and there with my family, not to mention the general tasks of taking care of a home. Today’s post is really just a link. Author Tony Breeden has written a critique/response to a recent article from Answers Magazine relating to alien life and the Christian faith. I have not had a chance to read the magazine article, but I intend to do so as soon as possible. Tony’s response can be found here: https://siriusknotts.wordpress.com/2015/10/11/is-belief-in-alien-life-harmless-why-creationists-are-wrong-about-aliens-and-the-bible/. You can also catch Tony at his author website, http://tonybreeden.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html. I have … Keep reading!
One of the struggles I have faced as a writer is whether or not I should write fantasy or science-fiction stories. The problem is not a lack of ideas, but rather how to reconcile these worlds with the Christian faith. A fantasy story is more than a medieval setting–it will, by default, incorporate mythical creatures, wizards/warlocks/sorcerers/sorceresses/witches/necromancers, and/or magic. And while science fiction could simply be set in the future, aliens, incredible technology, and evolution often play huge roles. As I stumble through this post, I want you to be aware that I have not reached any firm conclusions, even after several years of tossing this dilemma around in my mind. I have also asked for other authors to contribute blog posts on this topic, for or against, to flesh out the discussion; at the time of this posting I only have one contribution, but I will add to the series … Keep reading!