Don’t write edifying fiction

Edifying fiction

Here's a fact: The way to write edifying fiction is to write what is. Here's another: The way to write bad fiction is to write what is edifying.I just read a line by Flannery O'Connor in Mystery and Manners that explains why this is so: "what is written to edify usually ends by amusing." The word "amusing" is what triggered the realization. Humor is often produced by incongruity, contradiction, and paradox. The fool is comic because man is not supposed to be foolish. The wise man is good for … [Read more...]

More tragedy, please

More tragedy, please

Tales of tragedy, crime, and corruption have value for several reasons. One is that those that read them do not usually lead tragic, criminal, and corrupt lives, at least not the extent portrayed in such stories.Don't mistake: Their natures are corrupt. As Paul says in the letter to the Romans, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God....” Greed, hatred, lust, lies — most people are marked by these in some measure. We all bear their stain. But forces internal and external, graces par … [Read more...]


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