Writing Philosophy

Scott Driscoll Blogs… After asking what I did for a living, the cashier at a grocery store I frequented gave me a confused look and said, “Oh, you teach fiction? What’s that? Is that, like, making stuff up?” There was no line—it was late, after class—so I told her the following story. One sweltering Sunday […]

Buy This Book: Heal The Wound

  “Art is a wound, turned into light.” This is a quote from George Braque, the 20th Century cubist painter’s way of explaining the connection between art and self-worth.   Is it glib to suppose that writing, if we think of it as an art form, starts where wounds are left unhealed? I hear the […]

Living Within A Lie

Was torture necessary? Was actionable intelligence available without it? What moral culpability lies with me, average citizen, for living quietly in a country that, since the disturbing event of 9/11, has sanctioned the use of torture? The latest Senate Intelligence Committee release (according to the Seattle Times) from the U. S. Justice Department’s report on […]

Value Trumps

Any story that involves a quest – and that is most stories – starts with a disturbing event known to writers and film-makers as the “inciting incident.” What does this event actually disturb? And why does it matter? Answering these questions requires understanding the role of “value.” First things, first. The inciting incident. What is […]