Thursday, May 5, 2016

Creating Quirky Characters

August 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Writing Tips

  Writers are fabulous people-watchers. We have to be. After all, the imaginary characters we create must seem both true-to-life and intriguing to the reader. One way we add interest and realism to our characters is to give them quirks. My dictionary says a quirk is a peculiarity, and a peculiarity is something that is […]

Sleeper Posts: My All Time Favorites You Might Have Missed

January 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Encouragement, Faith, Interruptions

These posts are what I call sleepers. Not for the fact that they received unexpected recognition like the definition says, but rather they are posts I feel speak to my writing brand “Always Real, Sometimes Raw, Definitely Redemptive,”  yet for some reason, they didn’t get a lot of attention, comments, or discussion. I think the […]

Teen Fiction Online Writing Course Next Week!

March 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Editing, Fiction

I’m excited about the teen fiction online writing course I’m offering next week.   I’ve wanted to offer online writing courses and webinars for a while, but time, lack of tech-know how, and my personal perfectionism has prevented me from doing so. Last summer I offered THIS writing course in my home to four eager […]

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

March 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Faith

  “Where do you get your ideas?” Why is this seemingly innocent question so often cited as the most annoying to creative people? As the first question to come to mind, it is over-asked and comes out sounding thoughtless, both of which are enough to make it bothersome. Beyond that, questions about ideas are difficult […]

Indoor Winter Fun For Your Children

December 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Balance, Blog, Homeschooling, Interruptions

School’s out soon! What to do. Here are some hearthside activities to keep those bright little minds occupied on snow days and winter breaks. Your only dilemma will be…shall I log in some writing time, or join the kiddos for some fun? You decide. Sculpt the Afternoon Away Polymer clay is downright addictive. And it’s […]

Notes from a Newbie

October 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Notes from A Newbie

I remember the day I started seriously writing. It came at the hand of a hard critique. But not just any hard critique, the careful critique of a true mentor and friend. She graciously agreed to take a look at my writing project and give me her thoughts. I’d started writing a testimony of sorts, […]

What Really Keeps Me From Writing

August 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Encouragement

Life must be lived at one speed. But Sheri and I have noticed many try to speed it up. Maybe they simply don’t realize they’re doing it and the result is they push out peace and make those around them play at their speed. Others want it to slow down. And some people wish they […]

Finding Writing Inspiration on Vacation

August 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Craft, Fiction, Writing Tips

I admit it. I bring the over-scheduled busyness of life with me on vacation. I kid myself that after nonstop seeing and doing for three or five days, I’ll be rested and ready to return to daily life with vigor. Still, I can’t pass on the opportunity to feed my mind with the experiences of […]

Not Much Harder Than Cutting Off A Leg

May 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Craft, Editing, Fiction

Agent Rachelle Gardner has an excellent guest post by editor John Upchurch, who talks about “killing your darlings.” Writers know that this term refers to cutting segments from what you’ve written, even though you may think the words are heartbreakingly brilliant (to borrow a phrase from Randy Ingermanson). Great writers from Anne Lamott to James […]

10 Things I Wish I Had Known by DiAnn Mills

February 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Craft, Encouragement, Fiction

1. Research doesn’t mean a jaunt to the library or sailing through cyberspace. It means a trip into your characters’ lives. 2. Some critics are like boo birds that sit on their lofty power lines and crap (mess) on those beneath them. 3. When I grow up, I will know the difference between lie and […]

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