Thoughts on Lent 8: Read Well, and with a Notebook

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By Wendy MurrayI write in notebooks meaningful passages from books I read. I have volumes of these notebooks that include passages from the works of large-souled thinkers and dreamers, including George MacDonald, Thomas Merton, Albert Camus, Frederick Buechner, Annie Dillard, Isak Dinesen, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Donne, William Shakespeare, Francis de Sales, Henri Nouwen, James Merrill, G. K. Chesterton, St. Augustine, Anthony Trollope, William Maxwell, Willa Cather, E. M. Forester, Graham … [Read more...]

Try a Little Madness ~ From Nonfiction to Fiction

I paint my characters: The sweet Honduran boy named 'Paco' he knew no other way to make his point than to use bad words. What is a writer to do?

I am the author of several nonfiction volumes and one novel. It was the latter, however, that tested my mettle, both as a writer and as a Christian. One of the reasons--perhaps the primary reason--writing true fiction is so difficult for people of faith is because you have to be part-insane to do it well. Creativity, whatever its form, comes to full flower only on the edge of insanity. That is scary for the writer or artist.What is one to do with the confluence of forces that seem stronger, … [Read more...]


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