The Importance Of Truth In Fiction

This is a rather long-winded post, but bear with me. I think it’s worth the effort, though I may be kicking a hornets’ nest with this one…

Some months ago, I came across a post on a writers’ forum by an author struggling with a moral dilemma. The author in question was a writer of stories aimed at the Young Adult market. His problem was that one (or more) of his characters was struggling with drug addiction. He worried that he was treading dangerous ground. Continue reading


Why The Book Was Way Better Than The Movie

I’m taking a break from editing Frostwalker today. Instead, I thought I’d share some thinking that hit me in the shower, of all places. I do a lot of good thinking in the shower…

How many times have we been talking with friends when the subject turns to a recent movie? Inevitably, someone (maybe you) has to say it: “The book was way better.” It’s said so often that it has become a cliché. Now, I love both books and movies – I think most of us do. When you’re watching a movie, you’re usually not thinking about the book being so much better. Why is it that, after the experience, a book feels like it was better? Continue reading