A New Power is Rising.
Just kidding. #noSaruman
But seriously, there actually is, so much so that it’s being called a ‘Catholic Literary Revival.’
We are Writers.
Catholics young and old are realizing that we don’t have to be afraid of the impact they can have with their stories.
And many of us are millennials. We’re in college, working our jobs, and trying to find out what we bring to the world.
We know one thing.
Our novels, our epics, our stories, want to be told.
I’m Dominic de Souza, Catholic Author and Writing Coach.
Quite possibly like you, I’m a millennial. I passionately believe that my writing journey isn’t a unique one.
I started young, like you, and didn’t quit my dream of finishing a story and getting it out there.
The number one problem? I had no guidance, no mentors, and no writer friends.
Like you, I found some fun homes online in writer’s forums, and earned some of the best advice ever for improving my writing (because it was terrible ;) ).
But I faced several fears:
- I wanted to be Catholic, and write either ‘Catholic fiction’, or fiction that grew out of my Faith. Would a publisher ever understand me?
- I needed help getting through my writer’s block, but didn’t want to ask just anyone.
- Talking to someone who ‘got me’ would be amazing.
Perhaps you’ve graduated, you’re working on your student debt, or trying to make ends meet too.
And yet, deep down, that niggling urge to find a quiet space and tell your story will never go away.
That’s because being a writer is not something we do.
It’s who we are.
Why ‘Catholic Author’?
A Catholic cultural revival is happening. A new generation of writers is embracing the impact that their Faith has on their fiction.
These people need to add their creativity to the world-hoard of heritage and literature.
Modern culture can’t rely solely on the classics to come to know truth, God and the idea of goodness.
We need storytellers from our own time.
We need people today who understand the uniquely interesting aspects of our current world, who know where we’re getting things wrong, and the answers today’s people need most.
We need modern authors who write modern fiction. Authors who are fantastic writers with bold ideas, sensitive attitudes and clear heads.
Together with our readers, we can start re-evaluating who we are, why we exist, and start finding answers.
Because it’s not always cut-and-dried. The truth is, but everyone’s experience of the truth is a kaleidoscope of shade, shadow and shimmer.
Stories can help us enter deeply into truth and experience.
But first, they have to be awesome stories.
Dominic de Souza, Catholic Fiction Author & Writing Coach
While buried in my high schoolwork, learning to design and code websites, I was accepted into the Institute of Children’s Literature and graduated from a two-year writing program that delved into plot development, characterization, dialogue – and so much more – geared for children and teenagers.
I want to share what I’ve learned, help other authors improve their novels, and be a part of the budding renaissance of Catholic fiction breaking all around us.
There is enough mystery, magic and majesty within the corridors and creeds of the Faith to fill up a billion books. We need more of those books.
Will it happen? Let’s find out. :)
Image credits: Dolomites Mountains background CC Shane Lin | Flickr
FACEBOOK – Occasioanlly share fun, funny, epic or inspirational stuff I find – or create.
PINTEREST – Pinning awesome concept art and ideas into novel-boards. See what my imagination looks like… ;)
INSTAGRAM – Amateur photographer, fun with family.
LINKEDIN – Brand strategy and business story telling. Let’s connect.
TWITTER – You all move too fast for me. But I’m on there once in a while.
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I’m a Catholic, American dad and novelist passionate about worldbuilding, visual design, and epic fun. :D
I am married to my wonderful wife, Maria and work full time as a graphic designer. But my soul is rooted in writing, and this site is where we talk about all kinds of stuff, mostly fiction and writing related.
Meet my family, Easter 2014. Maria Lucia, my wife, and Maria Mercedes, the peanut. :)
The Boy Who Fled His Faith
I was born in New Zealand, blessed to be a cradle Catholic in a large family. As we traveled the world, I studied in Fiji and France, grew up in Australia, and have set down roots in Virginia, USA.
Growing up, my favorite pastimes were drawing and reading, and I was voracious at both. I was not interested in learning my Catechism. In fact, I even used to hide the book behind the bulky TV in the living room.
It didn’t work though. My dad was an apologist, and we still went to Sunday school and prayed together as a family. Whether I liked it or not, it impacted me.
But my young imagination remained captivated by stories and creativity, and I proudly finished my first novel at 13. That started a lifelong love of worldbuilding and writing, and I wrote tons of stories that I’m too embarrassed to share, poetry that I might release, and stacks of children’s stories I intend to publish.
A Decision to be Catholic
As I matured (it’s still happening, by the way), several moments impacted my young life. One was spending the Easter Triduum in Lourdes with friends.
Another was marching in the mud alongside thousands in the Paris-Chartres pilgrimage, 3 days of grueling glory and anticipation for the great Mass filled with banners and breathless blessings.
Thirdly, I was privileged to attend a single year at Christendom College, where the core curriculum transformed and deepened my appreciation for the intelligence and intelligibility of Catholicism, and the rich cultural heritage that makes up our world.
Lastly, I have met many Catholic men and women in my life who were compelling witnesses through their authenticity and kindness. I wanted the joy and goodness that they had.
I realized that my Faith was a great gift, and the more I explored the stories I want to tell, the more I realized that I wanted to be more than just an author.
I wanted to be a Catholic author.
In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity.
Pope Benedict XVI, Tolkein, G.K. Chesterton, Ven. Fulton Sheen, C.S. Lewis, Hilaire Belloc.
Favorite Spiritual Author: St John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila
Favorite Writing Style: G. K. Chesterton, Michael Crichton, Tolkien
‘Stories make the truth more palatable’ (George Orwell)
“We have come from God and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed, only by myth-making, only by becoming a “sub-creator” and inventing stories, can Man ascribe to the state of perfection that he knew before the fall.” (J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, Humphrey Carpenter, Ch. IV, 1977).
“The more an artist lives religion, the better prepared he will be to speak the language of art, to understand its harmonies, to communicate its emotions.” — Pope Pius XII, “The Function of Art” (April 8, 1952)
“Advertisers – that is, those who commission, prepare or disseminate advertising are morally responsible for what they seek to move people to do.” Document of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, February 22, 1997
“Creators of Catholic media should strive to become greater designers because the design complements the message and, in turn, the message complements the design…” Matt Sich