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M. Talmage Moorehead

I quit my medical career (pathology) on June 27th, 2014 and haven't looked back.

Now I'm a fiction writer of sorts, a blogger, and good pals with a Labrador Retriever named Halo. She never barks. It's amazing.

My main blog is here: https://storiform.com. My other site, https://YouTurning.com is for quick inspiration.

At storiform, I usually blog about things I consider important to humanity's survival and wellbeing. Also, now that I'm not trying to be a professional editor anymore, I feel somehow free to share my thoughts on fiction writing. That must sound ironic, but whatever. It's a joy to get the ideas I've learned about writing fiction out of my head and onto my blog again where they might do some good.

To me, the most valuable thing about a story is its ability to broaden our perspectives and influence the culture's routine behavior. Nothing else is like that.

Unfortunately, many stories make us feel less compassionate. I don't think writers do this deliberately, it's just that a story is boring without "microtension," and writers learn to deliver it through constant confrontational dialogue. Young readers (and TV watchers) soak up the snarky attitudes with remarkable efficiency, and society coarsens under the influence of verbally acidic characters.

Lucky thing there are better ways to keep the pages turning than making characters claw and bite like trolls commenting on YouTube. Read Donald Maass' book, The Emotional Craft of Fiction, and you'll know where I'm coming from.

Anyway, I've also got a burning interest in intelligent design and the unscientific assumption of "scientific materialism" and reductionism. Yawn. But seriously, read "Signature in the Cell," by Stephen Meyer, PhD.

Cheers,
Talmage

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