Some say writer’s block is a myth. Others say it silences their muse. Whatever position you hold, you know that sometimes, writing is hard. Really hard. And it’s hard for a reason. Here are my top 3 reasons for writer’s block: 1) Boredom This one is more common for me than I’d like to admit. … Continue reading Reasons for Writer’s Block
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
What the Bible Says Get ready to dive into Scripture! We will mainly be in 2 Corinthians 5 for this study, but we’ll make some other references, too. Last time, we discussed the technical, dictionary definition of Christian fiction and charted our course for the rest of the study. Today, we’re diving in to talk … Continue reading Christian Fiction: Part 2
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
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?
Wondering what your genre is? Wishing you could sum it up in a word? I’ve been there. But the thing is, you probably can’t. So today, I’m here to help you find your multiple-word genre. Note: Here, we are specifically talking about fiction genres, so if you're trying to name your non-fiction genre, this article … Continue reading All About Genre
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
Yes, I’m looking at you. The one who wishes you’d spent more time writing. The one who doesn’t feel good enough. The one who feel like an impostor. The one who wants to quit. The one that doesn’t feel like a writer. I’m talking to you. And I’ve got some news. Everyone is, technically, a … Continue reading Hey You, Writer!
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