Tension and Home Place: The Choice to Leave or to Stay

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So often in movies, in TV, in novels, in the stories of ordinary people, the choice between the big city and small town, or suburbia and a tight-knit village, or a life of adventure and a life of contentment, is a clear-cut, obvious choice. It is a simple binary, an easy moral decision. The flavor that the individual story may take is different, but the message is the same: you can't have both options; you must pick one.

Craft: Why is Fiction Important?

When I was younger, I thought the only books worth reading at all were fiction books. After all, who wants to waste their time not being swept up in another world? What's the point of reading if you can't suspend disbelief and experience a different reality? I assumed all nonfiction books were either dusty trade… Continue reading Craft: Why is Fiction Important?