Category Archive: Writing

Feb 11

Creating Character Emotions


  If you’re like me, a straight-laced, stoic, Anglo-Saxon, emotions are a challenge. Until I read Ann Hood’s book, Creating Character Emotions, I had no idea there were so many to choose from—or more importantly for a writer, for my characters to choose from.  From apathy to worry, Ann Hood alphabetically lists thirty-six different emotions. …

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Oct 29

The Elements of Style


It never goes out of style! This classic by William Strunk and E.B. White is the place to go if you need to know the rules of grammar, punctuation, composition, and style when writing English. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are as a writer, this little book is a MUST in your library!. If …

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May 24

I Once Was Lost: What Postmodern Skeptics Taught Us About Their Path To Faith In Jesus

Okay, technically this is a book about evangelism, not writing. With over twenty years experience in outreach ministries, authors Don Everts and Doug Schaupp believe they have identified five phases or thresholds that people consistently move through as they progress from skeptic to convert. And that got me thinking about how, as a writer of …

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Apr 27

The First Five Pages

Its pages are underlined, dog-eared, notes scribbled along the margins—I guess you could say The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile was well worth the cost. It’s your manuscript’s What Not to Wear primer. Quick, snappy, with lots of examples, author Noah Lukeman touches on everything from presentation …

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Mar 21

Story Structure Architect

Looking for the right formula? Its not uncommon for first-time authors to struggle with plot. Imaginations bursting, they try to incorporate as much excitement, adventure, romance and suspense as the page will hold. I know that’s what I did with my first manuscript. My friends commended the plot’s unpredictable twists and turns, none of us …

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