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  1. Personally, I pray about this a lot. What I do is try to tell an entertaining story which contains the values steeped in my bones through scripture and my relationship with Jesus. I don't write Christian fiction, I write fiction for normal people, fiction which comes from my Christian worldview. J.R.R. Tolkien argued against using fiction as allegory and was astonished when people pointed out apparent Christian themes. C.S. Lewis was more open to allegory yet even he referred to the Christian aspects in Chronicles of Narnia as a "supposition". And yet, we can look at both works, published in the mainstream, and detect a strong Christian worldview from both men. That's what I'm working on - fiction anyone can read which are entertaining and which reflects my Christian worldview. First and foremost, the books have to be entertaining, well written, stand on their own. But at their core, I like to think they're about something and will leave readers mulling over things they've read long after they finish the book. Like many of you, I have a day job where I make my living doing something unrelated to writing creative fiction. I feel I have the freedom to write what I want to write without worrying about whether the book will actually sell or not. If I do my job as a writer, the books will find a home. If I only end up writing them for my own enjoyment, I will still have gotten something out of the process. That's my answer. For now.
  2. I get the feeling Christ would have said what He would have said - he was winsome, provocative, challenging, encouraging, but never pandering.
  3. Heh. I'm on a lot of writers email lists and have a ton of writing feeds. These are valuable resources as I struggle to carve something of quality out of raw dreamstuff.
  4. Author David Farland discusses the balancing act between having something to say and saying it to as many people as you can.
  5. Neil Gaiman is a legendary author of fantasy and other things. He's got a list of eight rules of writing which is pretty solid. Rule Five
  6. So this is a tangent but it relates. I'm watching all the #metoo posts from women who have been sexually harassed and it occurred to me that I'd been harassed at work by a gay man. Other than being a little awkward, I didn't think much about it because I was 27 at the time, confident in my Lord and my marriage and myself. I shrugged it off as a clumsy overture, secure in myself and my identity and my sexuality as a gift from God which I explored with the wife of my youth. My harasser wasn't long for the company - I assume he tried that trick on someone else and it cost him. My thought was the devil tried to worm into my life through this man but was soundly rebuffed. I think of Ephesians 6 - stand and withstand. Sometimes, the devil will lob something at us. We shouldn't be surprised, we shouldn't be unprepared, we shouldn't be afraid to resist. 1 Peter 5 confirms this for me. (This is not to minimize actual assault, merely to comment that we are in a spiritual war and we should be prepared to defend ourselves and attack sin where we find it.)
  7. With all due respect, there is an answer to the Ursula K. LeGuin canard. Oh. That. He was looking for my justification as a Christian for writing fiction, for creating stories that aren’t true when the Bible says not to lie and even warns us to avoid myths and fables (1 Timothy 1:4). First of all, I explained that telling lies as if they were truth and the tradition of storytelling where everyone knows that the product is fiction are very different things. And only one is considered a sin. Second of all, 1 Timothy 1:4 is warning the church against getting involved in controversy over extra-biblical details. Context is important. As to the main point of his question, I noted that the Biblical justification for writing fiction comes in the form if several examples of fiction in the Bible itself; namely, the convicting allegory/parable told by Nathan the prophet to King David (2 Samuel 12:1-4), Jotham’s parable of trees seeking a king (Judges 9:7-15), Ezekiel’s parable (Ezekiel 17:1-8) and, of course, the parables of Jesus. Parables are teaching stories.
  8. Book Recommendations

    Seconded. Card won the Hugo for this book. It's pure gold, the industry standard for writing F/SF.
  9. I'm endlessly interested in how working writers work. Here's how Colson Whitehead does it.
  10. Christian Writers Magazines

    Or Christianity Today? Maybe Relevant?
  11. Creative Writing Software

    Scrivener uses a series of tiny .RTF files under-the-hood. Switching over from Word is relatively painless in my experience. The hardest thing will be setting up your format - the front matter, chapter folders, stuff like that. There are a host of free videos out there I'd suggest taking a look at if you'd like more information. Scrivener is really fun to use once you get going. I've attached an example of my current WIP to show how it looks in this novel. You can do a search of the forum topics for "scrivener' to see some of our (many) other discussions on this software.
  12. Joe Bunting shared this today. These are all good. http://thewritepractice.com/write-story/
  13. Unless... Author KM Weiland weighs into a thorny issue. I was prepared to rise up in indignation until I actually read the post. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/female-protagonists/
  14. http://mailchi.mp/xmission/david-farlands-writing-tips-the-loneliness-problem?e=c5aab9d85b

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