What we choose to see, hear, and read matters greatly. People need good stories just as they need home-cooked meals, clean water, spiritual peace, and love. A good story is part of that process. It affirms divine order in the universe and justice in human affairs–and makes people better than they were before they read it.
If writers can’t improve the lives of their customers, then what is the purpose of literature? Surely there is more to art than impulse, fame, and paychecks.
* John R. Erickson, Story Craft; Maverick Books (2009), p. 108
Events and characters rattle around in my head until I tip over, like the little teapot in the child’s song, and pour the stories out. Then I scribble, scratch, and make paper heavy with their lead. In an attempt to make order out of it this literary madness, I have been re-reading Story Craft by John R. Erickson. I like what he has to say, both in these quotes and in the rest of his book.
So, do you agree with his notions that I have quoted above… Are there right and wrong moral obligations for authors? And especially more so for men and women of faith? Why?