Did you make any writing goals last year? I did. Finish editing WIPSend first queryStart new WIP Did I accomplish those goals? Yes. Yes, I did. But this would be the first time I’ve achieved all my self-imposed writing goals or resolutions. I’ve dreamed up some pretty big literary mountains to climb in the past. … Continue reading The Truth About Writing Goals
No, it’s not Japanese. It stands for “National Novel Writing Month,” and is affectionately referred to as “NaNo.” NaNo is traditionally held during the month of November. It is not a competition. But you can connect with other participants on the NaNoWriMo website and by using these social media hashtags: #nano #nanowrimo #nano19 #nanowrimo19 #amwriting … Continue reading NaNoWriMo?
Every storyteller has a certain passion. A specific love in crafting stories. A well deep inside that feeds their inspiration. That inner passion is held in place by two things: the person you are and the person you want to be. Before you read on, I want you to think about why you write. Is … Continue reading The Fire Within
Answering Your Questions Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is … Continue reading Christian Fiction: Part 6
Application for Writers So far, we’ve laid out some pretty tough standards for what is required of us as Christians. As Christian writers, this is what we have to live up to. Not in a legalistic sense, but out of love for Christ and because we revere Him. Our responsibility as Christian writers is simple, … Continue reading Christian Fiction: Part 5
At first glance, I’m sure this seems like an easy question to answer. Christian fiction is a genre of fiction with some spiritual or inspirational message, often written by a Christian. Right? Maybe if you look at a Goodreads discussion. And, on a very basic level to the masses that pick up Christian fiction books, … Continue reading Christian Fiction: Introduction
A writer’s mind is a wonderful thing. With it, we create worlds and people and personalities. Writers are never bored. We always have a daydream to occupy us or a character to chat with. Sometimes we act out potential scenes in the shower (don’t tell me I’m the only one). Our constant fantasies make us … Continue reading The Blessing of a Writer’s Mind
Ode to Writing Joyful, joyful, I am writing, My novella that I love; Words unfold like flow’rs before me, Fits the story like a glove. Melt the hearts of kin and access Imagination stored away; Give them hope for figures mortal, Heart-felt change is underway. NaNoWriMo starts today, writer friends! If you're participating, more power … Continue reading Fuel Friday: Happy Nano Day!
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
Redeemed to Love Joyfulness filled my young heart with a promise; Life without fear if I trust Him in crisis. Now that I now that by grace I am rescued From life in sin I would rather conclude That my life shall and forever will be Useful for God’s work and God’s work only. Kindness … Continue reading Fuel Friday: Redeemed to Love