Tonight on the Write Stuff — Christians and the World of the Strange with Kenneth Morvant

The X-files was a ground-breaking show from the early 2000’s that immersed its viewer into the world of the strange, the unexplainable, and the incredible. From UFOs to government conspiracies to suppress that truth, it lend a vivid imagination and thought provoking discussions about anomalous phenomena.

Years have passed the science fiction has become more of a reality than ever before. Christians have seen and heard things that go bump in the night, disappear into the sky, or whisper in their ears at night. These types of experiences cannot be brushed under the carpet. We have to ask the question: “What else is out there?”

How do Christians deal with the world of the Strange? Join me as I discuss this with my guest co-host and contributor Kenneth Morvant. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app. Or click here to listen in. http://tobtr.com/s/7512535. Tune in!

New Picture (3)A life-long science fiction and action adventure fan, minister and life sciences professional, I grew up with all the old movies and TV when your imagination had to be larger than the special effects budget. While they lacked that, they did tell compelling stories. Names such as Heinlein, Asimov, Matheson, Serling are just a few influences from the old school. Newer authors include Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts and Michael Crichton.

Movies that dominated the screen in the fifties and sixties challenged convention and extended the science of that day into the future. While not accurate most of the time, they did ask what if and what now. Today there is a lot of action and special effects, but sometimes the stories lack depth. That is what I like to bring to the written page.  Reasons why and motivations of the characters are important to the development of any story.

I feel that a book or movie should challenge us as well as entertain. They should make a reader think about the world around them from a different perspective. Technology has advanced to a point where the lines between black and white are blurred and definite answers to issues and problems are not as easy as they once were.

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Back in the Day

People, in general, like to remember the way things used to be. Sometimes we may focus on how an injustice was perpetrated at one point in history. It wasn’t too long ago that women did not have the right to vote. And we all know how African Americans were considered three fifths a person. World War 2 allowed for Japanese internment camps and the near genocide of the Jewish people. History records great battles such as the mighty three hundred Spartans who fought against the Persian army. Christians around the world listen avidly to the narrative of David and Goliath.

The annuals of time are great fodder for stories. They take us back to either simpler or more violent time in human history. Wars, famine, oppression, social justice, equality, and many other events in history are woven into the fabric of our lives and we’re all affected by it. The events of yesterday often affect the events of today and the future. As writers, we have a fantastic opportunity to use history to weave yarns of intrigue, passion, mystery, and so much more.

Join me as I chat with Piper Hughuley, author and professor as we talk about writing historical fiction. You can join me by calling in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app today. Any way you can, join us.

Writer’s Clinic — Writer’s Burnout

ClinicToday is our writer’s clinic.

Our patient today: The Writer…

That’s right. You. The one who create the worlds, the characters, the drama, the highs, the lows, the ins, the outs, the fast, the slow, the mysterious, the romantic, the otherworldly, the suspenseful, the horrible, the disgusting, the…

That’s a lot of work you have to do. Your fans want more from you. Your publishers have deadlines. Your family wants your time. You’d like to eat sometime this week. I think most writers would like to have access to a deserted island with a handy teleportation system. When they want to get away for a few days, they simply teleport here, write and then return to the world. Others would probably just stay on the island without interaction from the outside world except through books

I read a post by Ted Dekker a few days ago and he made an interesting comment. He said. “Part of the journey is learning not to be enslaved by expectations of the book-world or other’s opinion of me..” Sometimes the pressure of being a writer can lead to burnout, especially when life circumstances interfere. How can a writer prevent burnout?

With me to unpack this topic is Debra Ullrick, prolific author and a recovering patient of burnout. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV Radio app on your mobile device. Any way you can, join us.

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Fiction Stories, Gospel Facts

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Original image via Flickr Creative Commons courtesy of Cornelia Kopp

I used to think writing was my talent to use as I wish. It did not occur to me until the last few years that writing is a gift from God and I am meant to use it for His glory. I was nervous about doing it at first. After all, no one’s going to read Christian fiction, are they? Usually, when I tweet about God or make mention of a Christian aspect of one thing or another, I lose followers. Who’s going to read a Christian book?

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Hebrews 12:2a “Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith…” I think it’s rather profound that God gave the gift of the arts to His creation and we in turn use those gifts to benefit Him. From dancing, to singing, to painting or drawing, to writing, our talents are meant to be used for His glory.  After all, He gave them to us?

Another interesting thing is there is a subtle movement to get rid of the arts in general. I find this strange. Why would we want to get rid of art? I think it’s because art is the expression of the soul, whether tangible like a book or a sculpture or intangible, like a song, art is what gives us the freedom to show in some miniscule way the gratitude we have for our Creator. Or to use art to touch someone’s soul.

Jesus, when he walked the earth, used parables bring about understanding of spiritual truths. Is it really a surprise that one of the by-products of indie publishing is the rise in Christian fiction? Each author brings about the gospel in their own unique way with their own spin. From romance to horror, Christian authors are taking the gospel message and spreading it throughout the world in new and exciting formats.

With me to unpack this topic is David Johnson, author of the Chadesh Chronicles, a missionary, minister, and Bible student. You can join us by calling in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app. Or, you can click the link: http://tobtr.com/s/5989527. Any way you can, join us.

SORMAG’s Online Conference November 1-3, 2013

ImageProxyTechnology is a wonderful thing. Imagine being part of a conference and you never have to leave home to join. You can come dressed in your slippers and no one will be none the wiser.

I feel privileged to announce I will be part of Shades of Romance Magazine (SORMAG) online conference this year.  The conference is jam packed with a wallop of information for writers. There will be some great panelists on board to help in just about every area needed to start, restart, or further your writing career.

This year, I will be part of the panel discussion exploring the Business Side of Writing. As we get closer to the event, I will bring you updates regarding it.

To register for the event, click here. I look forward to seeing you there.

Parker J.