How do you create a character readers can connect with? It takes more than actions. Heroes and heroines need a past. Read on to find out how to create resonating histories for your characters.
*This is an expanded edition of my guest blog post to Southern Writer’s Magazine on December 14, 2016. Crafting the Perfect Chapter – It’s Elementary, My Dears Before becoming a stay-at-home-mom, I taught fifth-grade students to analyze writing. I hadn’t given much thought to applying what I taught to my own writing until… Continue reading WCW: Crafting the Perfect Chapter – It’s Elementary, My Dears
I’m popping my head up for a few minutes from NaNoWriMo to spend a few minutes in mental preparation for Thanksgiving tomorrow. It is easy to get frustrated with the busyness and complications that arise when the holidays arrive, especially when the get in the way of our own goals. So in an attempt… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Thanksgiving Traditions
Are you new to the writing scene? Maybe you’ve heard of NaNoWriMo. Maybe you’ve even attempted it or completed it. Maybe you are just even wondering what this crazy abbreviate even means. Well, today my goal is to teach you what it is, give some ideas on how to prepare, and to create/share NaNoWriMo goals.… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: NaNoWriMo Top Ten
From August 25 to August 28th, I abandoned my family and set off to join almost 600 other Christian fiction authors and aspiring authors in Nashville, Tennessee. So what exactly happens when hundreds of writers converge into one space? Spiritual retreat, encouraging hugs and words, moments of “fan-girling”, and lots of learning. I have included several… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: ACFW 2016
It has been a while since I posted a Writing Prompt Wednesday, but I thought I would drop a quick prompt and try to get back into a groove of at least posting one once a month. This week I am on a mission trip to Mercer, Wisconsin. There we are conducting Mega Sports… Continue reading Writing Prompt Wednesday: On Mission
In honor of my cousin’s wedding last weekend, I have decided to share with the world the marriage advice I gave her at her bridal shower. Be forewarned, I do not dance around the hard stuff.