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 […]

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 […]

Riding Surprises in the Loire Valley

An adventure is not an adventure unless there are surprises. Right? Okay, my wife countered, but surprises don’t have to be near death experiences. Surprises can be fun discoveries. I had initially balked when she suggested arranging an “easy to moderate” five-day bike ride for our family of three in the green and rolling hills […]