Jamie Lampeyrolerie is having a great series on Diversity in Christian Fiction over on Books and Beverages, and the recent post really sums up some of the thoughts I've struggled with. Her last post featured Amy Green, a fiction publicist from Bethany House, and she dove into the discussion, heart and mind. One of the … Continue reading Diversity in Fiction
In honor of "Jack's" birthday, I figure it's only fitting to share some of his quotes. So here are a few of my favorites: “Yes, it is strange that anyone should dislike cats. But cats themselves are the worst offenders in this respect. They very seldom seem to like one another.” "It is a serious thing to … Continue reading Celebrating C. S. Lewis’ Quotes
So last week, we had a windstorm that knocked out my internet (hence my distinct non-presence on the world-wide-web). And, at first, it was hard to get used to it. I couldn't use a dictionary app to check things anymore. I couldn't go online to verify this fact or that. I couldn't touch WordPress or … Continue reading Unplugging: A Source of Inspiration or Loneliness?
I've been doing a lot of writing lately (thus my absence from the blogosphere) and it got me thinking about why we do this creative thing called "writing." What draws us back to our computer, our paper, our story? It can't be the pay-- most of my novels aren't published yet and thus haven't earned … Continue reading Why Do You Write?
I've discussed reading habits before and why you really want to read good books, but how, as a writer, you may have to read professionally some books you don't enjoy. But today, I want to urge you to not forget the values of a bad book. I'm not meaning a book that's grammatically-cringe-worthy, that has … Continue reading Why a Bad Book can be a Good Read
I've been busy working on revising and rewriting the first few novels in my science-fiction/fantasy series, and while it's been going very well, I've been feeling a bit disconnected lately from you, my readers and fellow bloggers. So I propose a blogging potluck. Everyone brings a dish to share (in this case, a link of … Continue reading Calling all bloggers, within the sound of my voice…er, reach of my words?
It sounds audacious, but it is largely the premise of Dorothy L. Sayers' The Mind of the Maker. Because writers, like other artists, are "sub-creators," they can give us a unique perspective on the Creator Himself, which can simplify questions of how one can make good and evil, and how miracle, free will, and the Trinity might … Continue reading What Writing Can Tell Us About God
Description is one of my least favorite things to write--it feels like such a catalog of objects, colors, and sensations--but it's a necessary evil. Action can't happen in a vacuum; readers need some sense of where a character is, even if its only very general. Some authors have gotten away with very little description. Jane … Continue reading Why a Writer Needs Observation #amwriting #atozchallenge
As we've discussed throughout this A to Z series, writing is hard work. You can't complete a story of any great length in one burst of creativity...and this can lead to discouragement and disillusionment, as the luster of our imaginative worlds wears off. (At least for us; we've been there so much, written so much, … Continue reading Keep on: The Art of Not Quitting #atozchallenge, #quotes
For "I," I wanted to write about ideas. Some writers have no trouble coming up with ideas. Others have a few thoughts of what they'd like to write about--a particular character or genre, perhaps--but need help coming up with the rest of the story. The plot, the description, the "meat" that makes the story long … Continue reading A Writer’s Source of Ideas