June 24, 2014
Is it a mark of a good story that your readers care about your main character, that they are deeply concerned about what happens to him?
Certainly it’s not the only test, but usually that kind of liking—call it empathy to make it sound more serious—is what sustains a reader through a story. I know that finding a character whose skin I can inhabit with pleasure is important to me.
June 10, 2014
“Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” —Frederick Buechner
When I was growing up, that word—vocation—had one meaning and one meaning only. When someone said, “He has found his vocation,” it meant a call to serve the church. Nothing else qualified.
June 03, 2014
And that is just the point . . . how the world, moist and beautiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That’s the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. “Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?”