Posts by David Marsh

First Sentence, First Draft

Here is the first sentence of the first draft of the manuscript that would become The Confessions of Adam: It was the smell. Looking back now, it is my first memory. Not an altogether great opening sentence for a novel, is it? It’s OK, we can admit it. It’s a poor opening sentence, maybe even a…

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An Idea is Hatched

Where did I get the idea to write The Confessions of Adam? My initial idea was to write what I imagined would be a classical romance based on the narrative of Samson and Delilah. I didn’t know then when creating fiction you are supposed to research and write at the same time. I got bogged down in…

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What’s in a Title?

Titling creative work is difficult, or at least it can be. When speaking of titles we use the terms ‘high concept’ and ‘low-concept.’ The original title of The Confessions of Adam was At the Soles of My Feet. The reason I abandoned this title was because it is low-concept. It’s artsy. It isn’t concrete. It doesn’t tell the…

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Meaning in the Text

There is much wordplay in the Hebrew text of Genesis 2-4. Much, if not most, of this literary quality is lost in the translation to English. I am grateful for the scholars who have studied and outlined these for us. Here are a few of the examples I found especially intriguing as I wrote The Confessions…

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