Keeping the Middle Moving––Part I

You’ve heard of it––in more than one way. That awful, sagging, middle. In fiction, a sagging middle will bog down your story. Click to Tweet The reader may decide to stop reading. Not what you want. #keepmiddlemoving #amwriting

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Revelations & Friendships––Part III

Thank you all for reading this blog. It’s my hope that the Tuesday post will be encouraging, uplifting, and inspirational. I’ve got some guest bloggers coming soon to the Tuesday post. But for today, I’m sticking with Revelations & Friendships. A friend encourages and supports. Be a friend today and strengthen the feeble knees and weak hands. Click to tweet #friendships #revelations

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Writing Scintillating Scenes––Part XII

They key to writing a page-turner novel is creating scintillating scenes––they shine, they’re dazzling, unforgettable, and brilliant. Writing sparkling scenes make the story something the reader can’t put down and will read long into the night. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes We wrap this up with another scene model: reading scenes in context.

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Revelations & Friendships––Part II

After posting two weeks ago the first in this “series” (because who knows how long it will be), a friend called me to encourage me to show some “fight.” Bless her heart. Good friends are like good medicine––they help heal. Click to tweet #friendships #revelations

The flip side to that is that friends can wound with their words. That’s better than kisses from an enemy. Proverbs 27:6 “Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.” Why is this true? Because friends are for us and should have our best interests at heart.

I was speaking with my editor who will help me publish my novel this year. She’s now beginning to work on it. I told her of another friend who rushed to publication without prior editing, and how the poor quality of the self-published book kept me from reviewing it. Because I didn’t want to give a bad review. I’d rather give no review at all than a bad one––especially to a first-time author who doesn’t have a large writing support system.

What I want to focus on this week is “how” to give encouragement and/or exhortation.

First, check your own heart. What’s your motivation? Job 4:3–5 says, “Surely you have instructed many. And you have strengthened weak hands. Your words have upheld him was stumbling. And you have strengthened the feeble knees. But now it comes upon you, and you are weary. It touches you, and you are troubled.” The speaker, Eliphaz, was one of Job’s three friends who came and sat with him for days in silence when they saw his condition. This is a lesson in how not to give encouragement.

If you read the whole book of Job, you’ll discover Eliphaz is one of the three friends whom God corrected. The only person God did not correct was the younger man, Elihu. Elihu kind of rebuked the three older, wiser friends.

What does it mean to “strengthen weak hands and feeble knees?” I believe in our modern context, that words of encouragement that meet the person where they are emotionally and lifts them up––those strengthen the person.

In the case of my friend who published herself without having anyone look at her manuscript, I sent her a long email, explaining to her how I used to be that way. I didn’t want anyone to see my novel before it was published. But, that’s so unwise. In the case of a book, the more eyeballs on it, the better it will become, because your friends and people who care about you will have your best interests at heart. It’s possible I wounded her with my email, but I wanted to make sure she understood how much I was trying to help her. I was constructive and instructive with my criticism, at least I tried to be. I even offered to edit future works of hers for the only fee of a breakfast out.

One more thing: I was being “real” in my post two weeks ago. Some of my frustrations came out. I’m a human being on this journey of life. When encouraging someone, remember verse 3: “…your words have upheld him who was stumbling.”

When someone is hurting, you don’t judge their wound. You try to heal it. They need uplifting, positive words that lift their spirits. Click to tweet #friendships #revelations

Writing Scintillating Scenes––Part XII

We’re winding down this series on writing scintillating scenes. Last time, we looked at one model––to review elements in a scene. This time we’ll look at scene analysis. Writing a sparkling, crisp scene helps to create a story the reader can’t put down. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes

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Please enjoy the Archives this Week

Sorry about this. I’m getting a root canal done today (Monday) at the last minute, so to speak. There was a cancellation. I’ve had pain for seven weeks. So, please forgive my lack of a new Tuesday post this week. If I feel good enough tomorrow (Tuesday), I’ll do a Wednesday post. If not, so sorry.

Please enjoy the archives. Thank you for stopping this blog. Blessings on your day.

Writing Scintillating Scenes––Part XI

As we begin to wind down our study on scenes, this post will begin to look at one of three models, three different ways of looking at scenes. These final posts will be shorter, in order to focus on one way at a time. Review a scene’s elements, examine the context, or analyze the scene. Examining scenes will help you integrate what you’re learning. Your scintillating scenes will create page turners. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes

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