Ever since I was in high school, I wanted to write fiction. However, in my case at least, the old adage “write what you know” proved paralyzing to my aspirations. I realized that I knew and had experienced little worth writing about. Now in my thirties, that has happily changed.
While, of course, there will be some common themes with my nonfiction work, I hope that even someone who is unsympathetic to my religious, social, and political views can still enjoy my fiction. It is most certainly not meant to be allegorical. On that, I agree wholeheartedly with J.R.R. Tolkien:
I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history – true or feigned – with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse applicability with allegory, but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author.
Fiction, for me, is firstly about the story being told. Hopefully it entertains above all else. If I wanted to argue a point about philosophy, theology, economics, society, or whatnot, I’d write an essay. Stories can certainly engage those things (and mine certainly do), but hopefully they do so in a way that could not otherwise be done. Through stories, our big ideas have to face the challenge of, well, reality. I firmly believe that my stories ought to challenge my own deepest convictions just as much, if not more so, than they illustrate them.
That said, some of my fiction can be found at the links below:
How We Lost the Moon
The Time Traveler
- An old man approaches David Wells, a young college student, claiming to be his future self. To the old man’s exasperation, David is skeptical.
- This one is a play! Leo becomes suspicious when Daniel and his other friends all seem to be hiding something from him.
The New Fairy Science
- Two fairies debate the nature of their universe … and science and tradition.
As for commentary on the fiction-writing process, you can read all of my fiction-related blog posts here.