5 Ways to Frustrate Readers

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1. Kill characters because you find it fun Come on! You’re a writer and you enjoy this. In fact, you offer a comprehensive package: last words, cause of death, mourning, gravedigging, funeral services, and more mourning. You probably even bring the rain. This is your element but its benefits are twofold if you kill beloved characters for no plot-furthering reason. It … Read More

Why Dystopian?

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Crossroads, my current project and first novel-sized work, is in the genre I call Christian dystopian. As I’ve rewritten, reread, and reconsidered it, I have been caused to examine its deepest elements. This has led me to answer the question, why dystopian? For one, the genre is interesting and popular. I wonder, why is it so popular, especially among young … Read More

Patriot-A Poem

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Happy birthday to my sister Kate; my blogging friend, writing friend, reading friend, fun friend, and friend. Don’t tell Kate I did this. Named the post something else and then snuck this in here. Haha! Anyway, I wrote a poem. I don’t do it often; only when inspiration strikes. Here goes. The wind screams and shivers, And winds among the stones, … Read More

Short Story: The Duet

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I wanted to break out of editing my novel and my beta reading projects, so I sat down and wrote a short story. This is the result of wanting to try a different point of view and tense… It was the third week of spring. I was playing an imaginary game, probably I thought I was a hero avenging some … Read More

Christian Fiction Part 3: Appealing to Teens

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Writing a story crafted toward a specific audience means appealing to its desires. The danger  for Christian writers in this area is, as always, compromise. If we write what people want in all areas, we will end up cultivating the wrong desires. I see several things written specifically to appeal to teens that can be harmful. A desire for power If … Read More

Christian Fiction Part 2: Self-Confidence

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How many times have you heard a fictional character given a peptalk (or song) to boost their self-confidence? “Believe in yourself” and “follow your heart” are oft repeated phrases on film and paper. In a character’s darkest hour, where do they turn for help? How do they rise above defeat and conquer the unconquerable? The answer time and time again … Read More

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