Category Archives: Writing

Planning a Novel: A New Use for Spreadsheets

Everyone’s got their own idea on how to write a novel. Some writers say they just let their muse take them down whatever path it desires. They let their imagination roam, creativity soar, and permit their masterpiece of prose to … Continue reading

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Knowing Your Why

Why we do something is as important as knowing how to do it if we’re ever going to finish. Starting a project is exciting, like falling in love. When I start something new, all kinds of possibilities spin through my … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Overcome Procrastination

Procrastination.   I know I’ve been fighting it the past few days. And I’m learning that overcoming procrastination isn’t as simple as telling myself to get to work.   Instead, I find myself flitting from project to project, not feeling … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Use the Power of Story

Who doesn’t love a story? Parents use them to amuse children. Speakers use them to illustrate a point. Politicians use them to sway people to vote for them. Great literature should first entertain. But its power can also be used … Continue reading

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Revising a Novel

Writing a novel is like making a fine wine, so they say. You need to give it some time to develop.   So far I’ve been following that advice, now that I’m entering the fourth year of working on Raising … Continue reading

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3 Ways Fiction Uses Tragedy to Teach

Tragedy has been a key part of literature since Cain killed Abel. Whether the work has just one theme or several story lines and sub-plots, the common element is some series of events that are unpleasant, dangerous or sorrowful. The … Continue reading

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Why Christian Art Matters

When I was thirteen, two lines in a novel changed my life. Thirteen is a tough age. It’s a time of feeling awkward and ugly, unsure of the world and everything in it. It’s hard enough to make sense of … Continue reading

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[VIDEO] Can You Solve This Dilemma?

In thinking about moral dilemmas, I came across this little video that describes what’s called the trolley problem. Briefly, you’re near the junction of some train tracks. Five people are tied to one track, one to the other. A runaway … Continue reading

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Wanting Justice

What does it mean to want justice? That you want a fair outcome to some conflict, or you feel a lack, a “wanting” of justice in the society in which you live? Both thoughts were in my mind as I … Continue reading

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Writing in Three Dimensions

Or, Why I Write This Blog My mother tells me she taught me to read when I was barely four just so I could read for myself and stop bugging her to read me a story. That love of reading … Continue reading

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