Torturing Characters and the God Who Heals

Aside from being insane procrastinators, staying-up-late-editing-ers, and insane coffee drinkers, one of the most common stereotypes of authors is the character killer/torturer. The jokes abound everywhere and are some of the most commonly shared memes that exist in the writing world. In a recent post by Allison Tebo (author of the Tales of Ambia series … Continue reading Torturing Characters and the God Who Heals

Slopes of Mt. Doom ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 8

We've discussed openings, character development, relationships, plot, world-building. Now, we've arrived at the climax and resolution. Generally, this is the most important part of your story. Everything you've been working towards is leading up to this moment, the cataclysmic breath of time where everything is either destroyed or resolved. (Usually, the latter.) The most crucial … Continue reading Slopes of Mt. Doom ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 8

The Breaking of the Fellowship ~ The Writer’s Journey Part #7

While in earlier posts we discussed world-building, characters, and plot, this post is going to talk about relationships. While some of these aspects apply to all types, this is going to focus especially on romantic relationships in fiction. First thing, however. I am a Christian and do not write smut in my books. If I … Continue reading The Breaking of the Fellowship ~ The Writer’s Journey Part #7

Citadels and Coppices ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 6

One of the most crucial parts of any story aside from characters and plot is world-building. Now, this differs greatly depending on what you're writing. Naturally, you're going to handle world-building in a very different fashion if you're writing historical fiction versus fantasy. I'm going to address both methods since the biggest different only depends … Continue reading Citadels and Coppices ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 6

The Fellowship ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 5

Here we are for the 5th installment in this writing tips miniseries! As usual, if you’ve missed the previous posts, you can read them here. I do apologize in the pause between updates, life happened. But anyway, one of the most crucial aspects to any story is your cast. Your plot and your setting and your … Continue reading The Fellowship ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 5

Self-Evaluation of Writing

In light of some comments and thoughts expressed during #PitMad on Twitter yesterday, I wanted to share some lessons I've learned through the writing and querying process. I've seen a lot of people, not just during this recent pitching session, but in general, speaking of how discouraged they feel about their writing when they see … Continue reading Self-Evaluation of Writing

Becoming a Master Puppeteer — From Writer to Published Author

Writing is a long and complicated process. Most people think that you just have to sit at a table with a notebook and pen/pencil, or a typewriter, or a laptop and just word away the hours. And then get published. But in reality, it's so much more than that. I never realized how much work … Continue reading Becoming a Master Puppeteer — From Writer to Published Author

GENRE ~ What Christian Writers Should Be Aware Of

  As Christians, we are called to glorify God in all that we say and do. As Christian writers, this calling extends into the work that we create, whether it's fiction or nonfiction. As someone who hasn't written nonfiction, I will not be discussing that branch of literature—though I'm sure it's obvious how one could … Continue reading GENRE ~ What Christian Writers Should Be Aware Of