Category Archives: Writing

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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What Trump and Hillary Have Taught Me About Writing

When I take a step back from my reactions to the churning of this never-ending election season, I realize it is providing great fodder for my writing. Here’s what I mean. During the past few months, we have some revelation … Continue reading

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Benefits of Beta Readers

  Or, Fortune Favors the Bold Nearly two years ago, I was stuck. I knew I couldn’t go any further with my novel without some help. So I started looking for beta readers. It’s not easy finding someone to read … Continue reading

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How to Get Unstuck Part 2

Last week, we took a look at two ways to get unstuck. Today we’ll look at three more Third, aim high. I think about Olympic athletes. None of the ones I heard interviewed said his life goal was to become … Continue reading

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