Writing Class (51:37 Mins)


Writing Class

by Chris Hiemerdinger | LDS Homeschool Conference 2014

Chris has written more than 20 novels and is the author of the “Tennis Shoes Adventure Series”. He also directed the motion picture Passage to Zarahemla. Chris has made his living as a storyteller for 25 years and understands both the aesthetic and commercial requirements for writing a novel or screenplay and will answer questions from audience members on all applicable areas of interest.

There are two reasons it is necessary to think systematically and in principles: An epistemological reason and a metaphysical reason.

The Epistemological Reason:

We need principles so we have a few fundamental beliefs we can handle and test…

The Metaphysical Reason:

Knowledge is ultimately based on reality. Reality is what we check our beliefs against…

But there is also a caveat:

While contradictions are to be avoided, sometimes one cannot avoid them, or does not know how to avoid them.

For example, the theory of relativity explains the universe on a large scale and the theory of quantum electrodynamics explains it on a subatomic scale. However, these two theories do not mesh. Because we are stuck, we realize our understanding is limited. We keep both theories because each has explanatory value in its own realm. However, one cannot believe a blatant contradiction. For example, how does one integrate the theory of evolution with the biblical account (as long as it is interpreted correctly). We do not yet know how to do it. Did God exist before the Big Bang or did he find after the Big Bang that he was most intelligent?

Chris Heimerdinger has been a full-time author, filmmaker and artist since about 1991. His Tennis Shoes Adventure series has sold almost two million copies. His most recent novel, “Drums of Desolation”, is the 12 volume of this series. He also directed the feature film, “Passage to Zarahemla”, and wrote much of the music for the motion picture. The love of his life is Emily and he is the father of eleven children: Steven, Zachary, Ammon, Alex, Sariah, Haleigh, Hannah, Michael, Liahona, Angelina and the youngest, Hunter, age 2.



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