Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

epistemology

Epistemology of Collective Individualism

I’m working on two books simultaneously; aren’t we all? One project is non-fiction and the other fiction. Non-fiction is new to me. While I’m passionate about the subject, a biography of the people instrumental in establishing the Stihl brand in America, I find the research and accountability to fact tedious. As for the novel, I love the freedom to develop a story free from fact.

Both books deal with the profiling of people who are significant in their ways. The fictitious people in my novel are indwelled with characteristics of real people. It wasn’t until I began working on the… Continue reading

Epistemology: Theory of Truth or Knowledge?

Ever wonder why some people us a big word when a little one will do? I came across the word epistemology and before looking up the meaning felt more than a little disdain for the author. But after learning the true meaning of the word, I understood why it had been used.

Writers, unlike tent-revival preachers, are taught to use as few words as possible. It’s much easier to toss a book aside than it is to get up and walk out of a tent revival. Writers must be succinct. The bloviating speakers aren’t relegated to tent-revivals—they’ve been known to… Continue reading

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