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Guest Post: The Dos and Don’ts of Dialogue Tags

Not so long ago, I came across narration in which the dialogue tags were all but gone, reminding me of the format for plays. It went a bit like this: Bob: Do you really think that's necessary? Jane: It's high time we did something. Bob: So... Jane: We act now. And it reminded me how … Continue reading Guest Post: The Dos and Don’ts of Dialogue Tags

Book Review: A Time Unpromised

Title: A Time Unpromised by Natalie Payne Genre: Literary Fiction, Coming-of-Age Book Description from Goodreads: Jac Harvey has always played second fiddle to his older brother Pierre. Growing up Pierre is brilliant and handsome, very much the golden child in their family. Jac, eight years younger, is his polar opposite, shy and antisocial, struggling through school. … Continue reading Book Review: A Time Unpromised

God as Mercy…and Judgment

Today marks the start of a new venture…a new blog, devoted to more explicitly Christian writings, Bible studies, etc. I’ll still be writing about writing here at Into the Writerlea, but discussions of scripture can be found at the new blog. Enjoy!

The Ways of Mercy

If you had to sum up what God is like as found in the Bible, I think the most fitting term would be mercy.

First Chronicles 16:34 says, “O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever.” The Hebrew word for mercy is often translated as lovingkindness, goodness, and faithfulness. Psalm 13:5 says, “I trust in your lovingkindness. My heart rejoices in your salvation” and Psalm 23:6 says, “Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell in the Lord’s house forever.”

In Psalm 25:6-7, David writes, “Lord, remember your tender mercies and your lovingkindness. For they are from old times. Don’t remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions. Remember me according to your lovingkindness, For your goodness’ sake, Lord.”

IMG_0411But what about judgment? 

If God is so merciful, why is there so…

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The Secret Schedules of Great Authors

As I writer, I'm always curious about how other writers write. And much of what I've read on this subject is daunting: write every day, write even when you don't feel like it, write first thing in the morning when your energies are at their peak, etc. Hemingway was a great proponent of early morning … Continue reading The Secret Schedules of Great Authors

Book Review: The Cult of Unicorns

Title: Penny White and the Cult of Unicorns by Chrys Cymri Genre: Fantasy Book Description from Goodreads: Raven's ears flicked. 'Dragons aren't known for their patience.' 'More is the pity, ' said the unicorn. 'Father Penny and I were about to amicably settle our differences. A dragon invading our home vastly complicates matters.' Five months ago my … Continue reading Book Review: The Cult of Unicorns

How to Give Your Narration Flavor

Readers frequently talk about the style or narrative flavor of authors they enjoy. They'll say, "That sounds like something __ wrote," or "This reminded me of ___" or "The tone of that was flat." But sometimes, we authors we sometimes don't know what gives us our writing voice. What makes writing sound different or interesting … Continue reading How to Give Your Narration Flavor

Update on Book Reviews

So now that the A-Z challenge is over this year, I'm trying to turn my attention to other concerns. Paramount among these is writing fiction (my works-in-progress never saw me in April) and book reviews. And to all those who have sent in a book review request or are expecting a review, I'm very sorry … Continue reading Update on Book Reviews

A to Z 2017: Reflections

My A-Z Blogging theme was to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. Overall, it went better than I expected, especially since I had to write a fiction section and a nonfiction, reflection section for every post (and I had none of them done ahead of time...what was I thinking?).     The biggest change … Continue reading A to Z 2017: Reflections

My First Award!

I was recently nominated for my first ever blogging award, the Liebster Award, by Allison D. Reid. Thanks, Allison! The rules are as follows: Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the award. – Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you. – Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog … Continue reading My First Award!

A to Z 2017: ClosingZ

My A-Z Blogging theme is to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. These are frequently the trouble spots which can be useful components of the story if handled properly, but when rushed through, can cause all kinds of trouble. While the genre is fantasy, the tips can apply to anything, from romance to literary … Continue reading A to Z 2017: ClosingZ