Our second day of April brought snow instead of rain, an example of being “out of season.” Which can mean we could be out of God’s Timing. Last time, I talked about two of the words for “time” — chronos and kairos. Chronos is ordinary time. Kairos is opportune time. Which time are you in? Click to Tweet #AprilShowersofBlessing #GodsTiming4YourLife
How do readers know if the story they’re on with the Lead character actually shows the transformation of that Lead? Based on the “mirror moment” the character changes how they think, which effects their decisions, and alters their course. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle
A “mirror moment” is the middle of your story. Usually, when we think of this, it’s for the Lead character, and it helps to change them from where they started, to where they end up. An antagonist also has a “mirror moment.” When he or she makes a decision to change for the worse, instead of for the better. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle
Do you reflect on how you’ve gotten to where you are? I do. Our characters should. That’s the “mirror moment.” When they “literally” take a look at themselves and try to figure out what happened. How did they get here? Decisions they made have now brought them to a low point in their story. They’re ready for their “mirror moment.” Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle
Sometimes, you just have to say, “No.” As I get older, I’ve noticed that I need downtime in the midst of my ‘busy.’ Even if I’m attending a conference, I’ll choose to not attend a session or two––just to get a break. It helps. #findingtimeinthebusy #caringforothers
We’ve been discussing writing your story from the middle, by pinning down the protagonist’s “mirror moment.” It’s a moment of self-reflection to determine what their next move is. They consider where they’ve come from, so they can plan where they’ll go from here. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle
Why should you start your story from the middle? Last week, we talked about the middle being Act II of the three-act structure. What goes on in Act II? Act II is the escalating, rise and fall, of conflict in a story. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle
Sometimes, it will appear that you’re not making a difference in someone’s life. You’ve tried to tell them what they should do, how they should do it, and the results they’ll get. Guess what? That may not work so well. What do you do, then?
We’re discussing crafting the Heroine––the key to any romance. To get your reader involved in the novel, convince her that your heroine is not only someone she would like to know, but someone she would like to be. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writingromance101 #craftingtheheroine
For many years of my life, I felt I never made a difference in this world. I’ve actually fallen off the world a few times, just to see if anyone noticed. They didn’t. Or if they did, they didn’t contact me. I’m learning to make a difference in my own small way, right where I’m at.
How am I doing this? Relationship. It’s all about the relationships you have, and the ones God brings you. In the past, I’ve tried different ways to go about having friends and how I dealt with family. I was very shy most of my life and my interaction with others was quite limited. That may have been why I felt I didn’t make a difference.