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Building Compelling Characters

How do we build characters our readers want to follow? How do we engage the reader at an emotional level to where she will want to stay with them through the entire story? There are a slew of books, articles, workshops, podcasts and other forums that address this element. Let …

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WHO DO WE WRITE FOR?

At a recent conference, someone posed this question: Am I a Christian author who writes fiction? OR, Am I an author who writes Christian fiction? I’ve talked with authors who want to write Christian fiction to reach the lost, not realizing that the lost may be the group of readers …

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Realm Makers – A Strange New World

I’ve just returned from my first Realm Makers Conference. In a way it was like attending my first conference ever. Complete with the nervousness of pitching and my introversion on high alert. These people didn’t know me. How would I fit in? What was I thinking when I signed up? …

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What Are They Not Saying, Part 2

How do we convey nonverbal communication to our readers? For the first installment in this series, click here. Nonverbal communication applies to more than dialogue exchanges. Look for ways to use the physical senses. In a project I’m currently working on, one of the characters in a dialogue scene said, “Tell …

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What Are They Not Saying, Part 1

Someone once said, without characters we really don’t have story. As writers, we strive to craft complex and compelling characters who will engage the reader for the journey of the story. We do this through action and external and internal dialogue. We also use their relationships with other characters, their …

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Why We Must Write Poorly

Today, I am honored to have Jim Rubart as a guest on my blog. Jim is an author, teacher, writing coach and mentor. I am blessed to be able to share his words and wisdom with you. Philip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield said, “Whatever is worth doing at …

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Be Encouraged

One of my close critique partners challenged me a little while ago to write a blog to encourage writers. At the time, I needed someone to encourage me to keep writing. I didn’t see how I could encourage others when I was ready to quit. But here I am still …

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What a Book Is About

Recently, I picked up the 60thanniversary edition of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. I don’t remember reading it in my younger days. Even if I had, it was definitely time to read it again. This edition has an introduction written by Neil Gaiman. A side note to those who disdain reading …

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Cliffhangers Part 2

For the first article in this series, click here. Cliffhangers do not have to be picked up in the next scene or chapter. Cutting to another POV character’s storyline can add tension and suspense. Especially if the author keeps both characters in tense situations. In my pending publication fantasy series, …

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Cliffhangers Part 1

What is a cliffhanger? According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, it’s an ending to an episode of a serial drama that leaves the audience in suspense. It comes from the 1930s when film serials were very popular. To keep people coming back episodes ended with characters in desperate situations, including literally …

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