Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Stump the Chump

post by Michelle Griep
Every now and then here at Writer Off the Leash, I like to share questions I get asked because, hey, you might have the same question but are too afraid to inquire. To which I answer, "Scared? Of me? I'm way less frightening than Donald Trump's hair, so feel free to ask anything."

Now that we've got that cleared up, on to the question . . .

I would like to ask you, 
why did you stop writing Bible related stories 
and suddenly start writing fiction?

Umm. Er . . . Well. Yeah. That one kind of stumps me. See the wrinkly furrows on my brow?

The truth is I never did stop writing "Bible related stories" in favor of fiction. The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, I'd even go so far as to say fiction is an ordained method of relating Biblical truth.

Not that I'm a theologian, mind you. Shoot, I can't even pronounce Thessalonians without a lisp. But I figure that if Jesus imparted big-whopping truths via parables, then that technique is good enough for me.

Fiction is a non-invasive, less threatening mode to teach truth and often is more well received than lectures or sermons or floggings.

Of course there's the usual comeback . . . Fiction is of the devil because it's basically a big bunch of lies. Hmm. Really? Where do you draw the line between creativity and deception? 

And that, my friends, is a topic for further discussion. Check back tomorrow


Robin Mason said...

BRAVA!!! BRAVA!!! standing ovation here!! well said, Michelle! i agree wholeheartedly! methinks that "line" you mention goes to intention of the heart, and as fiction writers we are not claiming our stories to *be* truth.

chappydebbie said...

Great answer. A lot of readers ARE less intimidated by fiction.

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