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I am author Greg Kincaid, AMA by gkincaid in books

[–]gkincaid[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I think the best metaphor for writing is painting. Get the paint on the canvas and don't worry too much if everyone else in the world thinks your art stinks. Many will. Most, however, have never even tried to hold a brush, so you can't worry to much that they don't think your work compares with Rembrandt. At least you tried!

Even more than ignoring the criticism of others, we must learn to disengage the critical part of our personality (the super ego). It is great big pain in the backside for us if we let it rule the roost. It will always find fault in everything you do. The creative right side of your brain has to take control of the writing process. That's where your joy and enthusiasm will shine through. You have to start somewhere. In the beginning, try to keep it fun and meaningful. Good luck!

I am author Greg Kincaid, AMA by gkincaid in books

[–]gkincaid[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you! I love the title, too. It's a bit silly and I suppose there a number of motivations for it. It drives the literally minded folks nuts. They want to know EXACTLY what I meant by that. Others (I'm guessing you and me) realize it's not an effort so much to mean something as to hint at something. That what's fun about spiritual work, nobody knows much of anything really. Do we? I like the saying that doctrine is the finger that points at the moon. It's not the moon! The title points; it doesn't tell. That said, I actually try to explain the title in the book. Thanks for checking in with me!

I am author Greg Kincaid, AMA by gkincaid in books

[–]gkincaid[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not to get too personal, but... I had to really imagine what it would be like to lose a close family member, because it had never happened to me. A year after I wrote the book, my 20 year old son died. So, in some strange way, the imagined grief work I had to force the young character George to work through became my own real grief work a year later. My Christmas books do draw a great deal from also from my own family traditions and attitudes ( I too grew up on a farm in Kansas). Thanks for asking!

I am author Greg Kincaid, AMA by gkincaid in books

[–]gkincaid[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think I probably worked on a lot longer that--I was just embarrassed to admit it. I think I took on an absurdly big task--making some sense of spiritual journeys and how it all fits into religion. I don't think you ever really figure it out. Still, at some point, it's fun and interesting to stop and say, "So far, this is what I think!" Maybe in ten years the book would look really different. Who knows. Good questions!

I am author Greg Kincaid, AMA by gkincaid in books

[–]gkincaid[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you, Mary. Yes, two of my three xmass/dog books were made into movies. Some writers are pretty critical of the book to film process, but I have to say it was very satisfying for me. I think both films stayed true to the book to the extent reasonably possible. It was also fun seeing your thoughts go to print on a page to the visual experience of the film. So, over all, it was fun!