Life is hard. Writing is hard. Yet somehow, as writers in the real world, we think a career in writing will be magically easy (or glamorously hard). We live in a time where media goes viral and fame can happen overnight. But in this same age, there are writers sitting at their computers wishing for … Continue reading Writing in the Real World
As writers, there are four things that we hear about more than anything else: CharactersPlotPoint of View (POV)Narrative Most writers tend to be either character-centric or plot-oriented. A plot oriented writer sees the story as a series of events that happen to the characters. Narrative fills in what you need to know and no more, … Continue reading What is Voice?
Some people use beats. Some use acts. Still others use the Story Grid structure. Personally? None of those methods work for me. I use lists. Let me explain When I get a story idea, the first the I do is write down a basic character sketch of my main protagonist(s). (For more on my character … Continue reading How I Plot: 2019 Edition
It's a challenge day, today. Here's a quote from If by Amy Carmichael. "If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another;if I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought,then I know nothing of Calvary love."Amy Carmichael Let that be in your mind today as you respond in … Continue reading Fuel Friday: If
If you honk, they will come That’s what my uncle learned from helping his dad feed the cows. His dad would drive the old pickup with a couple bales of hay in the bed down to the pasture gate. Once he drove through the gate, his dad would honk and all of the cows would … Continue reading Horny Writing Advice