You know how last week I talked about breaking out of the jungle and into the clearing of character design? Well. Turns out, it was actually a clearing at a cliff's edge, because the next few chapters in my guidebook were all about scenes: How to plan them for maximum emotional impact, and how to … Continue reading Cliff Jumping into Scenes.
In my desperate jungle scramble towards this year's NaNoWriMo, much of the process has been unfamiliar and scary. Although I love the process of learning for its own sake, sometimes struggling through the underbrush of theme and subplots* had me feeling a bit breathless. Imagine my delight, then, when I broke out into the clearing … Continue reading Walking Contradictions.
As I mentioned last week, I've embarked on a guided tour through the plotting jungle, beginning with the stuff I usually leave for the end. Themes. I usually sit at the "I don't know what I've written until I've written it" table, so I felt nervous and rebellious when I realized I would have to … Continue reading Theme Park.
Did you think I'd forgotten you again? Well I didn't, I promise. I was pretty busy yesterday, and I knew that it was time for another Words On Wednesday post with Lynn from Bittersweet Adventures, so I figured I'd save my burbling. The theme we're all being encouraged to share on this month is our writing … Continue reading Big Little Successes.
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.
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.
So. Writer's block. It mostly boils down to fear, right? Fear that you'll ruin a good idea. Fear that your good idea actually sucks. Fear that you'll never write anything as good as the last thing you wrote. Fear that... well, you can fill in the blanks for yourselves. Lately, my main fear has been that … Continue reading When the Work Becomes the Block.
I swear you guys, I'm going to start calling this "The Year of the Bolognese." Ever since I wrote about my culinary adventure/life lesson, the truth and functionality of it has been becoming more and more stunningly clear. Take the past few days, for example. I've had a story idea bumping around in my head … Continue reading My Character Wrote a Sonnet.
Lately, I've been considering submissions more seriously. I think my writing has finally reached a point where I'm willing to believe the rest of the world might not find it utterly repulsive. Huzzah for my self-esteem. One of the main questions I've been mulling over is whether or not to enter contests. I did a … Continue reading Thinking about Contests.
Hey guys! A whole week has gone by, and I'm still breathing. In fact, I discovered a new exercise that I can totally do, even when times are rough. Write hundred-word stories. Come on, even at our worst, we can write a hundred words, right? Or if that's too much, try fifty. The exact word … Continue reading Tiny Stories.