Good mornin’, ya’ll—if it’s
possible for any moment durin’ the sultry dog days of August to be
good. Ah fear Ah am about to have a sinkin’ spell. Why, Ah am
positively aglow, and that is not a situation any
lady wants to find herself in! It’s well past time for me to head on up
to the plateau to cool my cucumbers, so to speak. Oh, Ah am just toooo
funny! But that’s enough of that. Ah simply don’t have the energy to
maintain a state of levity today. This heat is plumb wearin’ me out.
The minute we finish here,
darlin’s—and we are fixin’ to do that with dispatch—Ah am headin’
straight off to my grandpappy’s sprawlin’ summer retreat up in the
mountains. And Ah have no intentions of returnin’ until fall. So let’s
get to today’s business before Ah faint dead away at your feet!
The writers on my e-mail loop
keep bringing up this topic that is so far above my head that I can’t
grasp it at all. They keep talking about something they call a deep
point of view. I finally grasped the concept of a regular POV, only to
discover that according to my colleagues I still don’t have it right! I
don’t get it. If I am staying inside someone’s head and not flipping
between the characters’ thoughts, then how am I still wrong? What in
the world are they talking about? Should I even care as long as I’m not
head hopping in every chapter? Isn’t mastering that enough for my
writing to still grab my readers?
Exasperated beyond words—which
is a terrible place for a writer to be because it’s killing my
Do be so good as to reference my
column in last month’s issue concernin’ showin’ versus tellin’. Ah said
everythin’ that needs to be said about either matter in that article.
Fads of writin’ come and go,
and Ah don’t hold too much truck
whim of the moment when proven methods have endured the test of time,
thank you very much! Why, didn’t your mama ever ask if all your friends
jumped off a cliff whether you’d do the same? The principle applies
here as well. Take note of it and stop your whinin’, baby doll.
Ah must say, I polished that one
off in record time! Ah have just a moment left before mah departure to
indulge in a bracin’ draught of Aunt Emmaline’s blackberry tonic. That
ought to set mah blood in a delightful whirl! See y’all next month for
another informative class devoted to the Sacred Laws of Fiction
Etiquette—if Ah make it back in time!
Can it ever be proper for a Christian to write stories that aren’t
true? What is the place of fiction in the Christian market? Is there
Stories about demons seem to be steadily growing in popularity. On the
other hand, so are stories about the Amish. What gives?