Hand-me-down People—Writing and Activism

I’m taking a break from my series of posts to ponder a problem that has grown progressively worse in the last several decades. Way back at the dawn of time—or at least at the dawn of my sojourn as a … Continue reading

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Faith in Fiction 6: Faith-Bashing versus Realism

This is the question that came up at an online Catholic writer’s convention several years ago: Can you write positively or neutrally about other religious beliefs without betraying your own? This is a real fear among some writers with strong … Continue reading

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Faith in Fiction 4: Writing Belief Systems
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Neutrality, Ambiguity, Humor, and Affection An aspiring writer once asked me how he might write about religion “safely.” He had collected an array of anecdotes and stories from his business dealings but was afraid that if he fictionalized them, he’d … Continue reading

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Faith in Fiction 3: Writing Belief Systems

The Straw Religion A Straw Man is an imaginary construct that embodies everything the writer doesn’t like about something, someone, or some group. By nature, it requires gross a generalization that attaches the particular to a whole. In the context … Continue reading

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Politics and Religion, Take Two
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Over at my romance blog, the Word Wenches, I just discussed politics and religion in romance. This is generally a very literate, erudite group of readers, and they basically concluded that yes, they’d like to see depth of character in … Continue reading

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Faith in Fiction 2: Writing Belief Systems

Screaming from the Pulpit When a writer has an agenda, a particular belief system to promote, an axe to grind, or a point to make, their use of religion can easily become heavy-handed. The literary term for this is didactics. … Continue reading

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Faith in Fiction 1: Writing Belief Systems

I deal with religion, magic, faith, or some sort of spiritual belief system in most of my books and quite a few of my short stories. If not the main thread, these form at least a subtle part of the … Continue reading

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