If you're participating in the month-long writing event known as NaNoWriMo, you might find this helpful.
The ramblings of an emergent-realistic-edgy-working-for-God-and-the-pay-isn’t-that-great-sometimes-confused-christian-fiction writer (uh, that would be me).
"'For the last six months,' she says, 'people have been sending e-mails saying, 'What are you doing next?' And I've told them, 'You may not want what I'm doing next'.' We'll know soon. In two weeks, Anne Rice, the chronicler of vampires, witches and-under the pseudonym "A. N. Roquelaure—of soft-core S&M encounters, will publish 'Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,' a novel about the 7-year-old Jesus, narrated by Christ himself. 'I promised,' she says, 'that from now on I would write only for the Lord.' It's the most startling public turnaround since Bob Dylan's 'Slow Train Coming' announced that he'd been born again."
I just reserved my copy of the book at my local library! Wish I could buy it, but it just isn't possible right now--maybe later, when the finances improve!
Be sure to read the whole interview.
Update: There's apparently a lot of interest in this story. I say that because my stats took a huge jump of about 300% after the story was posted and, for the next few days, everywhere I went, people were discussing it. Unfortunately, on some of the Christian writers' lists I am part of, the discussion has been less than edifying. Some people seem to feel that they can freely judge the sincerity of Ms. Rice's return to her Catholic roots not to mention her right to exercise her imagination. The word "blasphemy" has been used. This reminds me of the saying that Christians shoot their wounded. Wouldn't we want to encourage Ms. Rice in her walk with the Lord just as we'd encourage anyone else? And aren't there a number of scriptures in the New Testament that discourage judging another person?
"Nevertheless, what began to disillusion me about the Monastery of Harmless Entertainment was that they advocated the rather ludicrous idea that G- and PG-rated material is inherently superior in moral quality to PG-13- or R-rated material. They thoroughly believed that family-friendly material is intrinsically of higher moral value than R-rated material that explores darker truth. I found this to be totally incongruent with the texts of Scripture. The story of Noah and the ark -- a story that you can tell in any child's Sunday school class -- is not of higher moral value than, say, the story of David -- a man so consumed with lust that he commits murder and steals his victim's wife."This is a review of a book called Behind the Screen. After reading the excerpts from the book, it seems to me that every artist calling himself/herself a Christian ought to be reading it!
"Google Inc. on Wednesday was sued by a major publishing association for digitizing library books without the permissions of copyright holders, the second such suit filed against the search engine giant.
The Association of American Publishers, based in Washington, D.C., sued the Mountain View, Calif., company on behalf of members The McGraw-Hill Companies, Pearson Education, Penguin Group (USA), Simon & Schuster and John Wiley & Sons. The suit seeks a court declaration that Google infringes the rights of copyright holders when it scans entire books and stores the digitized versions in its massive database. The trade group also wants a court order requiring Google to first obtain permission from copyright holders.
Patricia Schroeder, AAP president and a former Colorado congresswoman, said the suit was filed after talks broke down. The AAP had proposed that Google use each book's unique ID number to determine if the work is under copyright, and then seek permission from the book's owner. For more than 30 years, most books have carried an ISBN identification number, which is machine readable.
Google, according to Schroeder, refused."
"Can you tell us a little about the Christian market, and if you were trying to sell your book to that market.
As I mentioned, it is a Christian book in the sense that it involves Jesus in a positive way, but the way I chose to write it (and the way I choose to write in general) is for a mass market audience. I didn't censor myself or my characters because I might offend other Christians. I don't see how an author can truly portray the real world while censoring what characters do and say.
That said, I have only heard good things from Christians who have read it and all have found the cursing, drinking and violence to be in good taste and necessary to the story."
"Lewis' stepson Douglas Gresham, the film's co-producer, told the audience that Lewis didn't set out to write 'a Christian book.'''Exactly!
But Lewis, whom Gresham referred to by his nickname, Jack, was profoundly influenced by his own religious beliefs. 'Jack didn't write a Christian book, but Jack was a man committed to his Christianity,' Gresham said. 'His fiction is informed by his deep Christian faith.''' (Emphasis added.)
"Getting things straight is a constant preoccupation for the novelist, making characters consistent, plot logical, blending facts with fiction so the joins don't show. It all takes practice. Duncker knew she wanted to be a writer from the age of 12, but when I grew up I just wanted to write well rather than "be a writer" and set about educating myself. My first published novel is the third or fourth full-length completed book, she tells. This echoes Quigley's experience: "I've got what I would call a couple of practice novels. Now I know for a fact they weren't publishable, though at the time I thought they were fantastic. And Hilary Mantel in Issue 17 advises twentysomethings wanting to write an autobiographical novel to wait until they are at least 40, while Salman Rushdie has suggested no one should attempt to write a novel before the age of 50"When I was feeling a bit discouraged about an upcoming birthday and my still unpublished status at such an "advanced" age, my crit partner and good friend, Elleann, pointed me to this article in a British magazine called Mslexia. If you're the "wrong" side of forty, it'll be well worth your while.