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Stories that Both Critique and Praise Spirituality

Sometimes the artists who seem most critical of faith aren't so much railing against belief in God as much as they are against how they've seen people misuse those beliefs. Here are some of my favorite books by writers who on one level take a very critical approach to religion and on another level seem …

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Terry Pratchett, Frank Miller and Using Rage to Fuel Good Writing

Here's one of writing's funny paradoxes: experts often say you should write about the things which move you, the things that really get you excited or angry or sad. But writing about what makes you angry can create lopsided stories where you just rant instead of telling the story. Is there a way to write …

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5 Story Elements From Arabian Nights

“Not another elf!” Hugo Dyson said that while listening to J.R.R. Tolkien read "Lord of the Rings" in  Inklings meetings. While I disagree with Dyson’s assessment, I must admit it’s been tempting to repeat that phrase when reading modern fantasy. Since Tolkien published his epic in 1954, many fantasy writers have imitated his style --British/Germanic folklore …

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