Saturday, November 28, 2009

Writing Christian Fiction is harder . . .

...than secular.

(At least the way I define it.)

The supposed common knowledge is that making it in Christian music is easier than secular. I doubt if that is true. Struggling secular bands may see less talented musicians "making it" in Christian music and come to that conclusion. I think what they are missing is that's it's a different dynamic (or skill set). The audience will see through a pretender. You still have to deliver a product that meets or exceeds audience expectation.

I think the same is true with Christian fiction. In fact, given the deeper survey of thought afforded by a novel, it would be exponentially harder to pass one's self off as a the read deal just to, as the misconception goes, travel down an easier road to publication.

I had assumed that the writers I'd meet who don't write Christian fiction, would assume the same thing: That it is probably easier, and therefore look down upon me.

So it was a pleasant surprise to hear the response of the first novel writer who asked me the question: So what do you write?

After hearing my response, he said, and I paraphrase: "That must be really difficult. I just write, but you have to keep theme in mind from the beginning." I think he even said something about admiring me for even trying. I was like "Wow. He gets it."

I have several novel ideas that would never be published by a Christian publisher. Those ideas definitely seem easier to plot out and roll with.

Right now I'm struggling with developing the Christian novel ideas I have. I say it's harder. What do you think?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

And they call me the extremist . . .

I really don't get the pro-abortion stance. My only assumption is that it's a self-delusional rational for birth control for people who want to be irresponsibly promiscuous.

You either believe a fetus is a human being or you don't. If you don't then you have to decide when it becomes a human being.

But beyond that, I've always been mystified by the following phrase: I'm against abortion except for rape, incest, or the life of the mother.

**(Okay, I'll concede that I'd have a hard time letting my (if I was married) wife die instead of the baby, so let's skip that one. )

Why does a child born of rape or incest rate lower than the rest of us? What a horrible thing to say. Can you imagine what those who were born of that circumstance must think when they hear this argument?

The current trend is to characterize those who believe "rape and incestuously conceived children are innocent and deserve to live" are extremist. Wow.

Why does the value of a human being diminish based on the actions of others or inherent circumstance? Sounds like early mid-twentieth century Germany to me.