Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 2 “Genres” – Section 12 “Religious”
With Links to Supplementary Material
Contrary to what it may seem by my occasionally colorful language and my semi-obvious beliefs about how the cosmos may work, I have read a ridiculous amount of Christian (and other religious) fiction—both admittedly good and absolutely terrible, and today I am going to talk about what makes them so. Please note that I am going to try to make this article respectful towards people of all faiths, and lack thereof—not because of any determination to be politically correct, but in a genuine attempt to be respectful and to see people of all faiths and beliefs grow in their ability to tell a powerful story. And I will expect the same out of the comments.
Tip 1: Decide wheth
Like the ghost of particle momentum.
Lost somewhere between space and time,
An echo of a scream from another universe
Hidden far beyond the cosmos, yet very nearly here.
Quantum light can leap between home
And a dimension just beyond our perception
Manifested in crystal glass mathematics.
"And then he had the nerve to ask me out on a date!" Cassidy, Cameron's best friend and co-captain, squealed. "I mean, seriously?! It's bad enough that Mr. Hopkins assigned a miniature to be my lab partner, the little dweeb actualy thought I would even consider dating him!" Cassidy wrinkled her nose. "Disgusting. I don't care what the government says. I don't think they're actually human."
Cameron rolled her eyes. She knew Cassidy was just repeating her father's words. Cameron's own parent
to the age-old art
of losing yourself
in patterns so vast
they surpass every doubt
in the universe.
when your truth took shape,
it was a bubbling heat coagulating
into solid coils of steel.
(it sealed up the fear in your skin,
but it's an itch you can't scratch
if you want your new reality
to stay intact.)
you belong to symmetry,
to the endless spirals
and trust -
of never asking
a single question
The church has always been concerned with morality because it is an important corollary to faith. God wants us to know right from wrong and wants us to do what is right and a
No one else to get me through-
Sing the sorrow, numb the pain,
The Music calls me once again.
Darkness blinds all will and thought-
Reckless is this war you've fought-
Blood was shed to free your mind,
And reason has been your demise.
Now sing the sorrow, numb your pain,
For Music calls you once again.
The stage was set, the play began-
In vain we make our thoughtless plans-
We stray far from the holy plot,
And go for all or go for naught.
Scripts were broken, scars remade,
We tried to live, and yet we fade.
We sing the sorrow, numb our pain,
As Music calls us once again.
Now seeing him, I dry my eyes-
The sacrifice makes me realize-
I may've been gone, but still draw breath,
And together we defeat Sir Death.
So take my hand, and don't let go-
We'll fight a different kind of foe.
'Twas here we fell, and here we stand-
Through the fire, I understand
He sings the sorrow, heals our pain,
And now he calls me once again.
Please see Part One before reading this.
Precepts for Debating (continued)
- Consider your own responses as though you were your opponent
As important as the substance and merit of your arguments are, it is equally important to take reasonable steps to ensure that your words will not be misunderstood, misconstrued, or strike an unintended chord. A sound point counts for nothing if it will not be perceived as such by your target audience. In in-person conversations, this entails choosing your words with care, and in written exchanges, entails carefully rereading your response before you send it, and making necessary changes. Hear/read you
It is with these we craft a better tomorrow together and strive towards our similar but diverse goal, to see what we end up with at the end of our journey. A piece of you and a piece of another person working together to make you see who you truly are. Won't you take each other for the pieces of