Recently Michael Sauret posted a great article titled A Christian-Shaped Hole in Literary Fiction. In it he wrote about why much of today’s Christian fiction is cheesy and predictable. I believe this, most likely, stems from authors who are not being creative in how they implement Christianity into their novels.
I would be willing to suspect that many christian fiction authors find a niche that sells and stick with it because it’s easier to write for an established genre than to implement greater degrees of creativity that yield the necessity of more effort in marketing.
For me, I’d like to learn how to write fiction that is not only incredibly well written, implementing the various aspects of the craft of fiction writing, but that also dives into the inner emotions that drive a protagonist to seek God more.
What about you, what do you think will make quality Christian fiction in the future and what do you think of today’s christian fiction?
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