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Melissa Rose

What Do You Listen To When You Write?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

A Visit Out Of The Blue

My friend Blue dropped by today to drop off. . . well okay so we are both busy and now is the first time that we could exchange Christmas presents. . .but as usual the conversation quickly turned to writing. She was lamenting Christian science fiction writing and authors and I was trying to point out that there are a few good scribes among the dross and telling Blue not to give up on the genre completely. She says she's been burned too many times, too many authors have started out with a great plot or character and then it's gotten too religious. Now by religious she means ''deus ex machina'' and full of miracles and sudden changes of heart. You know, God comes into the situation and everything is hunky-dory. Life isn't like that. Miracles happen, yes. People get converted overnight and changed. . .well some people have. But we are talking about FICTION, not real life and in FICTION, I wouldn't believe a bitter God-hating soldier getting his act together and becoming a real on fire believer in three chapters. Nuh-uh.

And she's right, if you are going to write allegory, then ALL of the story is allegory, not some, not certain passages, not the beginning and the ending but not the middle. ALL. Stop going back and forth and trying to be cute and lyrical in some bits and others are suppose to be true to life. Allegory isn't true to life, that's why it's called allegory! Sorry, I will try to control the ranting.

It really is slim picking out there for those of us used to top-notch writing now looking for it in the Christian realm. The worst thing a reader can tell me about a new book that they are reading or attempting to read is it's great for a Christian Author. That friends is the death-nell for the tome. Which is why I keep banging away at the keys, and keep pressing on even when I am convinced that this writing thing is pointless. Because deep down inside, I want write stories that dazzle, that encourage, and that entertain, without being tagged as ''great for a Christian author."


Halfelvenwriter said...

Hate to break it to you, but if you don't want to be "great for a Christian author", keep to the secular market.

everlastingscribe said...

Definately worth thinking about.

Poll Results

What Do You Notice First About A Book?
RESULTS! Closed 11/11/09

My attention's always grabbed by the cover-53%

I look on the spine for the author's name-6%

The thicker books are the one that grab my notice-26%

I open the book up to the middle and burry my nose in the pages, sniffing. Scent is important-0%

I flip the book over, ignore the cover and the spine and get to the book blurb-13%

Pick Your Weapon! RESULTS! Closed-11/03/09

Hand and Half Sword-16%
Long Bow-25%
Pen-25 %

What Kind of Fan Are You? RESULTS! Closed-10/22/09

Shy. I like reading books but I don't want to meet the authors-15%

Avid. I've read everything my favorite author has written!-38%

Curious. I've e-mailed my favorite author or left comments on the blog and asked them questions-38%

What Kind of Word Smith Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/15/09

I focus on setting-22%
I focus on dialogue-22%
I focus on action-22%
I focus on characters-33%

What Kind of Reader Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/07/09

I try and guess where the story is going to go-44%
I read the book and think how I would have written it differently-0%
I race through the story, riding the words like a rollarcoaster-22%
I race through the book and then go back and read my favorite parts again and again-33%

What Kind of Writer Are You? RESULTS!

Character first--1%
Plot First--4%
Balanced Between Plot and Character--5%
All Over The Place--5%

So All Over The Place and Balanced Between Plot and Character tie for the win! All I can say is that there must be some wicked stories out there. I can't wait to read them!

Scribe is Listening to:


Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian Sound Track.

Books on CD: The Moving Finger Read by Martin Jarvis. Original story by: Agatha Christie

Scribe is Reading:

I am? COOL!

I'm apparently referring to myself in the third person too. Go figure.


Nightmare's Edge by: Bryan Davis

The Invention of Hugo Cabert (Caldecott Book) by: Brian Selzinck-FINISHED. Mind blowing! Every storyteller should read this book.

FEARLESS by: Max Lucado-FINISHED. Excellent!

NLT Chronological 24/7 Bible paperback
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Psalm 49
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