Is a story better if it’s based on a true story?

based on a true story

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen someone reading a novel loosely based on real events, and had them lean toward me and say, “This is my kind of book. I don’t get into made-up stories. This, on the other hand, this is a real story. It actually happened!”

I understand what they mean, but really? The inside flap of every novel says, “This book is a work of fiction.”

Here’s a few definitions of the word “fiction”:

  • Literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
  • Invention or fabrication as opposed to fact.
  • Something feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story

If you take a poll asking people if they think a fictional story is better because it’s based on true events, you’ll most likely get an overwhelming response in favor of, “Yes.”

But what is it about the phrase, based on a Continue Reading

Artist Insight: Billy Coffey, Critically Acclaimed Fiction Author

Billy Coffey

My first introduction to Billy Coffey was his novel, The Devil Walks in Mattingly, published by Thomas Nelson. I saw it sitting there on a shelf in B&N and thought, “Boy, that looks cool.” I noticed that it was Southern Fiction, which normally isn’t my cup-o-sweet-tea. But I quickly realized (within the first three pages) that it was, in fact, very, very cool. And it got cooler as the book went on, until it was nearly unbearably cool.

Billy is a lyrical writer whose work demands you devour it, yet whose flavor and depth makes it nearly impossible for you not to slow down and enjoy every savory syllable. All his novels take place in Continue Reading

Human Yearning

While I’ve been writing the second book in the Fall of Man series, I’ve begun seeing a pattern (or theme) in my own writing that I find interesting, because I didn’t expect it to be there.

I commonly write on the theme of human yearning. The characters I write in the most depth are those who have a seemingly insatiable desire for inner peace. For lasting satisfaction to deep, soul-stirring desires that are sometimes hard to identify.

In Cain, one of those desires is described as Continue Reading

Pain — Confessions of an Aspiring Artist

Last week, some people I love very much felt immeasurable pain as the shadow of death passed them by. As it left, it took more than the warmth from their skin. It stole something that could never be replaced.

I won’t (and probably shouldn’t) go into detail. Suffice it to say–there’s darkness here. The kind that Continue Reading

Christian Art

Christian Art

For years there’s been debate on whether the label, “Christian Art,” is appropriate. Well folks, the time for confusion is over. Because today, right here, right now, I’m going to give you Continue Reading

Why I Love Being Really Really Bored

really really bored

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying good entertainment.

With Netflix, video games, and mobile apps being so ubiquitous, you can binge-watch TV shows in the bathroom, on the highway, or flying in a plane. It’s easier than ever to indulge the itch.

We all joke about it. Commercials have even satirized “the show hole” (that moment your series ends and you have nothing else to watch). But it’s all representative of a real addiction to entertainment.

I used to play video games like Continue Reading

The Definition of Art

Ever wondered how to define Art? To define and measure Art perfectly is impossible, so instead I devised a Continue Reading

Why blog about Art and Faith?

Art / Faith

Aren’t Art and Faith at odds with each other? Art is all about breaking boundaries, and Faith is all about coloring between the lines. Right?

Actually, through the centuries, Art and Faith have always had a close relationship. It used to be that one of the only ways a musician could make a living was by making music for the church. For millennia, people’s Faith has pushed them to Continue Reading