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Do You Have a Why?

by Jim Denney In 1969, I sat in a university lecture hall and listened as Dr. Viktor Frankl — psychiatrist, author, and Holocaust survivor — talked about living a life of meaning in a world that makes no sense. Hearing … Continue reading

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C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, and the Life-Changing Power of Stories

by Jim Denney Clive Staples Lewis — “Jack” to his friends and family — was raised in the Church of Ireland. The death of his mother when he was nine years old shattered his happy childhood. By age fifteen, he … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the Blank Page

by Jim Denney “Almighty God, bestow upon us the meaning of words, the light of understanding, the nobility of diction, and the faith of the true nature. And grant that what we believe, we may also speak.” —Hilary of Poitiers (A.D. … Continue reading

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Fiction is a Different Kind of Truth

by Jim Denney “All good books have one thing in common — they are truer than if they had really happened.” —Ernest Hemingway I’m a fan of Lawrence Block and Stephen King, but there’s something these two fine writers have … Continue reading

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Writing is Finger-Painting with Words

by Jim Denney A few years ago, I taught a workshop at a writer’s conference. After one session, a young woman came up to me and said, “My problem is that I never finish anything. I’m so afraid that someone … Continue reading

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Who Are Your Inklings?

“Is there any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?”  — C. S. Lewis The Inklings were C.S. Lewis’s closest friends and toughest critics. During the time of his greatest productivity as … Continue reading

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Do you dream of being a writer?

by Jim Denney Mark Twain retreated to a shed at Quarry Farm in New York, where he wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Renaissance philosopher Michel de Montaigne used to write his books in a high tower of his château … Continue reading

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The Harvey Weinstein of Star Trek

By Jim Denney Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was the first to fall. In early October 2017, several courageous women stepped forward and accused Weinstein of various acts of sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, assault, and rape. So far, more than … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs, Amazon Reviews, and This Thrill-Ride Called Life

by Jim Denney I just did something authors are NOT supposed to do: reading Amazon.com reviews of my book. Why shouldn’t writers read their reviews? Some say nothing good can come of it. The five-star reviews will swell your head … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Wildfire

By Jim Denney A little less than a month ago, I was returning from a medical appointment, with a brief stop at Target. From the Target parking lot, I saw a thin plume of smoke in the distance. After I … Continue reading

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The Emotional Life of a Writer

by Jim Denney To me, writing is not so much a mental activity as an emotional activity. When I’m writing well, I’m not thinking about the words — I’m feeling the emotions, and those emotions pour out of me in … Continue reading

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The Gift of Wings

by Jim Denney In September 1962, my third-grade class filed into the school library in search of adventure. I found mine right away—a book displayed on the “new arrivals” shelf. It had a blue cover with three children silhouetted against … Continue reading

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