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No expectations

Go expectant, but with no expectations. That was part of the advice given today at the Words for the Journey meeting as we prepared for upcoming writers conferences. I remember a time I didn’t take that advice when I attended the Colorado Christian Writers Conference.

Talking Fiction

Can you speak as well as write? In today’s market, we have to be prepared to market our books and part of that means we need to have speaking skills. I spent two days listening to young speakers. We can take a cue from these excellent speakers. Below are my thoughts regarding the speeches application to fiction writing.

Apologetics

How well do you know your Bible? This week I had to question how well I know the Bible.

Writing help

Author Megan DiMaria is one of the new examiners at Examiners.com. She has excellent help all writers, but new writers can find a wealth of information by checking out her site. I just finished reading her article on #Queryday. I think you will find it interesting and educational.

Writing help

Author Megan DiMaria is one of the new examiners at Examiners.com. She has excellent help all writers, but new writers can find a wealth of information by checking out her site. I just finished reading her article on #Queryday. I think you will find it interesting and educational.

Words, Words, Words

You like to write. You experiment with words all the time when you write. But how do you do when you have to say those words in front of a group?

Not JUST a good man

It is impossible to say "Jesus was just a good man" as many people do. At least it is impossible to say logically. Jesus told us He is the son of God. If He is man, and not God, this is a lie. If Jesus is a liar, then He cannot be a good man. Therefore, He must be God or He is a bad man.

The Death of Death

After the death and resurrection of Jesus, there is no place in the Bible where it says a believer died. The terminology changed. Believers were present with the God or when to be with Jesus, but 'died' was not used.

While driving to the store tonight, I listened to a Bible teacher say this on the radio. I haven't researched it yet. I'm looking forward to finding out it is true. It is a blessed thought.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Last night I stayed up late watching The Ten Commandments for the gazillionth time. For those who are not old movie buffs, this is a 1956 re-enactment of the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt based on the book of Exodus staring Charlton Heston. It is regularly shown on the Saturday before Resurrection Sunday. Every year I find something new. This year I was reminded how even the littlest action can add meaning to the story. When Moses comes down from Mount Sinai, Aaron has been reluctantly participating in the worship of a golden calf.

Once upon a bandwagon . . .

This is a copy of the blog I recently wrote for Mile High Scribes - a soon to be chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers.

There are a limited number of plots for stories. I can’t remember if it is seven or nine plots, but the bottom line is that’s it – no more. So we know anytime we write a story the plot will be the same as someone else’s. Clichés all have an element of truth. That is why they are created. But, are our stories based on clichés of dozens of other authors?

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