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June 29, 2004



Great post, Susan. I'm doing the hundredth revision of my first novel now and NINJAS....I'll try to avoid them.Lots to think about and really well written post. Thanks!

Susan Kaye

I've had miracles in my life and they were never as tidy and predictable as Christian fiction makes them. And they rarely come on a nice tight timetable either.


Miracles in the modern Christian novel really irritate me. It's too easy; it's a cheap way in which the writer gets him or herself back out of the situation. Honestly, it strikes me as laziness when I read it. Besides, who are we to play God? To thine own self be true, I say.Becky


I can understand a reticence to use Deus ex machina to solve the problems of painting yourself into a corner. God comes along and solves your plot difficulty.By the same token, I believe in a supernatural God, who does work in our lives in miraculous ways. I want my fiction to capture that somehow without "using God" for a cheap and easy way out.

Susan Kaye

It is not my point to say that we should never use the miraculous. Every day is miraculous in the life of a Believer. In Him we have life and breath and movement. My point is that the huge, supernatural event is the exception. Most of us can point to something in our life that is attributable to nothing but God, but those events are few. I would like to see more of the "daily" miraculous incorporated in our work.In many Inspirationals, everything goes on as in any other book, aside from a prayer uttered here or there, until we have to "call in the big Guy." We use intervention in the natural stream of things to either be a first cause so the course of the story can change or we use it to wrap up a plotline that is structured to be hopeless. It's done that way so God can be shown strong. Well, He is strong and I see that when I stay married one more day, my children choose to do the right thing in the face of temptation or my husband chooses to walk away from anger at work. In the same way that Buffy started looking like it was plotted using a plot wheel-okay, right, this episode we have a scaley demon, cheerleaders and a hand grenade--out fiction can begin to look desparate, that God really needs me to give Him a platform to prove Himself to the world.The judicious use of miracles can be good. I just think there is a lot territory we don't even explore because it's just not exciting enough.

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