Blog on Writing

From Desperation to a Treasured Tradition by Jack Popjes

Merry Christmas

“I’m the cookie baker,” my wife, Jo, said, looking up from her flour covered kitchen counter, “and you’re the problem solver, so solve this one and do something to make this place look festive and Christmassy. And, hon,” she added with a rueful smile, “no cookie tree this time.” (more…)

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Three Basics of Productive Writing by Pamela Mytroen


Pandemonium in an English Language Arts classroom reminded me just how important three vital elements are when it comes to productive writing. Once these missing elements were in place, the students began cranking out assignment after assignment. These disciplines should help all writers become productive. (more…)

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A Writing Plan-of-Action by Steph Beth Nickel

Plan of Action

Do you write what you love? What you’ve volunteered to write? What may sell—someday? Or what you’ve been hired to write? How much time do you devote to each? Do you write for the masses? For a small circle of readers? For the one individual you envision yourself “speaking to” when working on a project? Do you write for your reader? Your employer? Your client? Yourself? (more…)

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


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


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


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


    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


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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