Indirect characterization, the art of endowing your characters with personality without resorting to explanation, has always been one of my favorite things, whether I'm writing or reading. It's one of the best ways to make a story feel like life, because most of what we know about real people is communicated indirectly, through appearance, body … Continue reading Tips from Other People, Part 7.
I hope your seatbelts are still buckled, folks, because it's follow-up time. Last week, I pondered the problem of a lack of honesty in the "Christian" genre, and how it leads to flabby, trite art that can't come up with anything better than sentimental platitudes. It's time, however, for a very big HOWEVER. If Christian artists … Continue reading Another Jesus Sticker.
Okay, so. Today I'm going to drop a movie recommendation on your desks. It's not a particularly new movie, so I hope you've already seen it. But if you haven't you're missing out, so here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wfrDhgUMGI I've watched this movie twice now, and it gets more inspirational every time. Even watching the trailer … Continue reading You Bring the Pizza.
Buckle your seatbelts, folks, I'm about to go all spiritual. As a Christ-follower and an artist, I often find myself looking around at the Christian art scene and thinking, "What happened?" Christian art, with a few notable exceptions, seems to have turned into a vast swamp of mediocrity. And that's a shame, you know? Here … Continue reading Cobbled Together with a Jesus Sticker.
I was struggling to find something to blog about today, because the last few days have been long on boring work and short on inspiration. I was almost ready to give up and confess that I had nothing, when I ran across this: "If you haven't found it yet, keep looking." -Steve Jobs So there … Continue reading Keep Looking.
This has been me for the past couple of weeks, people: Because I've been holding back some info that I'm rather excited about. I got invited to write a guest post over on The Bard and the Bible, sharing my favorite Shakespeare quotes. I was like: And then I was like: And then I was … Continue reading Spinning in my Desk Chair.
Oof. I live in a pretty stunning place. I mean, look at this: Just a casual snap I took with my phone while hiking with some friends yesterday. The wildflowers were unbelievable. Also, the mountain was covered in marmots. And speaking of marmots, here's the resident poet I keep telling you about: The back of … Continue reading Mountains and Marmots.
Another first Wednesday of the month, another #WordsOnWednesday post for Bittersweet Adventures to replace my usual Thursday post. Today we were encouraged to share our favorite writing quote. Well, mine just happens to be this one, from the ever-wonderful F. Scott Fitzgerald: “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your … Continue reading No Isolation.
Well, people, this is going to be a VERY short blog post, as this is my last day of a quick trip to the ocean with family. Here's a picture I nabbed this morning from my writer's lookout, a little bench halfway up the cliff: Anyways, not sure whether that's inspiring or just braggy, but … Continue reading My Lookout.