Continuing in New Ground

Continuing in New Ground
Back in January, I posted a blog about entering the realm of writing speculative fiction and experimenting with first person point of view as well as writing without an outline. The first draft is finished at 194,000 words. God, in his wisdom, had me write a natural place halfway through the story to divide it into two books. The first book is now out to beta readers while I do an edit on the second book. In the meantime, ideas for book three keep exploding. I jot them down in a file in Scrivener where they wait—not always patiently—for me to turn to them. The characters are anxious to tell their...
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Being Equipped

Being Equipped
God has a will, or a plan for each of us. Psalm 139:16 (NLT) tells us, You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Each of us is on this earth for a specific reason. We may not know it completely right now. We may be in a season of preparation to enter that calling. But God has a plan for each of us. Some are called to be pastors and teachers, some doctors, lawyers. Some to be auto mechanics, electricians, and plumbers. Some, like myself, are called to be writers. In Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT), God tells us “For I...
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So, How’s Your Walk?

So, How’s Your Walk?
He guides me along the right paths, bringing honor to his name. Psalm 23:3 (NLT) God has a plan for each of us, a path to walk as we fulfill what he has called us to do. A question arose in my prayer time recently: Does my walk along this path honor him? Yes, he sets a path before me and guides me along it, sometimes with gentle nudges, sometimes with a 2×4 upside the head. But always, he leaves me my free will, my freedom to choose. I can leave the path if I want. I can stay on it gratefully or grudgingly.  It’s up to me. It’s my choice. The choice I make either brings him honor or it...
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The Moral Dilemma

The Moral Dilemma
I’m often asked what makes a story great. We all have different definitions of greatness in fiction. But if you peel back the layers of the definitions, I think you’ll find emotion at the core. Something in the story grabs our heart and keeps us reading. Even in thrillers and suspense, those stories that keep us up all night, turning pages, the author has to grab us. We have to care about the character and about his outcome. Will he achieve his goal? At what cost? How do we make the reader care about this? We give the hero a moral dilemma, a decision to make. A choice that requires him to give up...
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Say It With Feeling

Say It With Feeling
Because above all else, readers pick up a book to have an emotional experience. They read to connect with characters who provide entertainment and whose trials may add meaning to their own life journeys.~Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, The Emotion Thesaurus Surveys have discovered that people read for three basic reasons: to be entertained, to be educated, and to escape. As writers, we’re competing with other forms of entertainment—television, movies, video games, family time and so forth. Generally, reading requires more work than some of these. The reader must actively choose to do it and...
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Entertaining Angels

Instead of posting my own blog this week, I’m suggesting you follow this link to an awesome blog by Bob Welch. His article says why we do what we do so much better than I could. http://wordservewatercooler.com/2014/03/05/entertaining-angels/  
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