- Fri, Nov 26, 2010
Part 6 of the interview podcast with Mark Driscoll of The Resurgence.
- Fri, Feb 05, 2010
Why did you start writing fiction? What inspired you to write Deadline? Did you ever think you’d write a novel when you were my age (14)?
Answer from Randy Alcorn:
I wrote it because I wanted readers to see that at the heart of life is the choice of what we believe. Doc and Finney represented two conflicting world views, and Jake would have to choose between them. I also wanted readers to get a picture of eternity, a sense that the afterlife is real. I’ve written six novels now (Deadline was the first ...
Do you use an outline when you write, or do you work with just a general idea of where the story is going, and the characters just tend to take over on the details?
I’ve tried outlining, and it works better with nonfiction for me, since fiction is so organic. While fiction has structure, it’s not as easy to control as nonfiction, because it has a life of its own. Your characters do tend to surprise you, and sometimes attempt insurrections. Of course you are still in charge and occasionally you must remind your characters of this. After all, they owe you their very names, which you are free to change at any time. Sometimes you must even threaten them with extinction.