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Fiction 101 (12) – Point of View by Janice L. Dick

Focus

Point of view can be a tricky subject. Basically, it refers to how we decide to relate our story, the perspective from which we see it. Which character(s) will communicate the story most effectively? Do we want to tell the story from one person’s perspective? (more…)


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What are You Reading? by Brenda J. Wood

grapes

As you will read, Brenda sat down to write something much different but felt God had a word of encouragement for each of us. (more…)


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Showing or Telling by Carolyn Wilker

Splashing

A student wrote a story about a memory from her childhood when she went on a walk by herself. Fascinated by the water that flowed in the ditch alongside the road near her home, she got into mud and was stuck. She didn’t know what to do. Fortunately, her parents were not too far away and heard her call. This was a story that could include much showing. What was she thinking as she walked along in her rubber boots? Did she realize she was heading into danger? Actually the student did a pretty good job of relaying the story so we could see it. (more…)


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The Greatest Day of My Life by Jack Popjes

Bible

    It happened at sundown. My wife and I, with our three preschool daughters, had just arrived and were staying with some missionary friends in their home on the edge of a small Brazilian town. At dusk I went outside to cool off. I looked over the fields below the house where a wide path led from the jungle on my right to the town at my left. Our host joined me. Suddenly he grabbed my shoulder and shouted, “Jack, look! There, coming out of the jungle!” (more…)


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The Rest of the Story by Pamela Mytroen

Alarm Clock

Does a writer’s waking time impact their creativity? This is a question worth asking, as the amount and quality of sleep have obvious effects upon our alertness and ability to concentrate, two skills that we all need. Sleep Patterns Examined Maria Popova, a Bulgarian writer, blogger, and critic from New York, asked this same question. She is known for her blog BrainPickings.org, which features her writing on culture, books, and eclectic subjects. (more…)


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6 Reasons to Enter Writing Contests by Steph Beth Nickel

Trophies

Sure, it’s fun to win a writing contest, but that isn’t the only reason to enter. Here are six other reasons: Practice Makes … Better Every time you put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, hopefully the result is better than the last time. While practice doesn’t really make perfect, it certainly does make better. (more…)


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Effective Endings – Fiction 101 Part 1 by Janice L. Dick

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Satisfaction Guaranteed! That’s our motto. We want to make sure that once we’ve shared with our readers the journey our characters have taken, we also grant them a satisfying ending. It doesn’t matter how great the story is; it must leave us content on some level by the time we turn the final page. (more…)


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Writers Write by Brenda Wood

Dreams

We just started a writers’ group, and more than half of the folks in attendance haven’t written a word. They don’t even journal. I’m not sure they even do a grocery list. However, in our breakout session, every one of them asked the same question. “How can I find a publisher for my book?” I wanted to scream, but you would have been proud of my tact. I spoke gently into their expectant faces. “Book? You have no book! You don’t even have three lines on paper. You don’t need a publisher yet!" (more…)


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Emphasis, Only When Necessary – Carolyn R. Wilker

Attention 2

There was once a writer who emphasized so many words in his text that it felt as though he was screaming at readers. His message was full of capital letters, underlines and italics, and so nothing important stood out, not even the writing. I closed the book and put it away, but I didn’t throw it out; I used it as examples in my teaching of what not to do when writing. (more…)


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Daily Obeying Our Caller – Jack Popjes

Path in Autumn

The name of Eugene Peterson’s classic book on discipleship A Long Obedience in the Same Direction describes exactly how we become the writers God called us to be. C. S. Lewis, writing about character development, mentioned the importance of not just being on the right road but facing the right direction and moving, be it ever so slowly, in that direction. What can we do to keep obeying the One who called us to be writers? (more…)


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