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How this Nonfiction Writer Became a Novelist

“Nobody just writes a novel, okay?” I cautioned Dr. Kelly Flanagan. A psychotherapist and author of two beautiful nonfiction books on personal identity (Loveable) and intimate relationships (True Companions), Kelly was now considering his next writing project. (Working with writers includes regular gut checks on magical thinking.) We’d been through a couple of passes at … Read more

Show, Don’t Tell

The common adage to “show” instead of “tell” emerged originally from fiction contexts. In his marvelous book On Moral Fiction, John Gardner imagines a writer using the power of his imagination to give “clarity and richness, or, to put it another way, make the characters, settings, and events seem real.” In one of his marvelous … Read more

Take and Eat

I recently attended a Christian conference on the campus of Friends University in Wichita, KS. The primary venue is a beautiful three-story building on the national register of historic places, its iconic clock tower visible from any angle. For years now I have tended to avoid Christian conferences, not just because of COVID, but because … Read more