Thought for the Day, on Writing and Life

Novelist Luis Alberto Urrea was one of my favorite speakers at FFW. I went to his session with Debra Dean and they were a hoot together.

Here’s a paraphrase of something he said:

If you’re writing about matters of faith, you have to be vigilant against cliche and grandiosity. 

So go through your work and look for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir—those moments with the angelic choir, bathed in light and going “ahhhhhhhhh.” Take those out. Faith is too messy and gritty for them. Instead, replace them with James Brown.

May your day be funky, friends.

 

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2 thoughts on “Thought for the Day, on Writing and Life

  1. Bob Braxton says:

    all write!

  2. I heard great things about him from my writing group folks, too. I think we’re going to try to meet up with him sometime since he teaches in Chicago. What a great quote.

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