Saturday, October 28, 2017

(Don't) Preach It

Dear General Market Author:

You've complained about us Christian fiction writers for years, and honestly, you were right. Our pet talking points were elevated above story, which lead to some pretty bad books. Sometimes hilariously bad, with two-dimensional villains, Mary-Sue protagonists, and plots so predictable finishing the book was pretty much optional.

Our bad. We've been trying to do better, adding nuance and realism,and most of all, letting any moral come out naturally through a great story, instead of hoping (praying?) it would work the other way around.

Here's the thing, though. This whole not-preaching goes both ways. Sacrificing story at the alter of any belief system, no matter how fantastic or fervently held, still ends up just being a bad story.

So stop. Please.

You're hurting all of us.

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