Writing, Writing Ideas, Writing Resources

Plotting 4 Pantsers — Part VII

External character struggles revolve around character survival or solving a large problem. How will that problem be solved? That’s what the reader wants to know. #Plotting4Pantsers #ExternalCharacterStruggles #MeghansChoice @donnalhsmith @a3writers TWEETABLE

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Encouragement, Holidays, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

November Thankfulness—Part I

No life is perfect. No year is without some trial, error, and learning. This year, though very wonderful, I believe is only the beginning for me. My pastor calls it “convergence.” Where it all comes together. I’m very thankful, and I’m going to continue to cultivate that attitude of gratitude. When we cultivate thankfulness in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, we partner with God and allow Him to work more fully in our lives. #NovemberThankfulness #MeghansChoice #RosesRedemption #attitudeofgratitude #Thanksgiving #convergence @donnalhsmith @a3writers TWEETABLE

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Writing, Writing Ideas, Writing Resources

Plotting 4 Pantsers — Part VII

They are the glue that unites the internal with the external. The internal deals with our feelings. External deals with our relationship with others. Interpersonal struggles are the “bridge” between internal and external struggles. #Plotting4Pantsers #InterpersonalCharacterStruggles @donnalhsmith @a3writers TWEETABLE

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Plotting, Writing, Writing Resources

Plotting 4 Pantsers—Part II

Last week, we talked about making promises to readers. Today, I’m going to talk about plot twists. Four elements must be present in any plot twist you write: inevitable, surprising, escalation, & expectation. #Plotting4Pantsers @donnalhsmith @a3writers TWEETABLE

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Awards

More Good News for Meghan’s Choice

Last week, we learned that Meghan’s Choice made the finals of a very prestigious writing contest — the Will Rogers Medallion Award. #MeghansChoice #WillRogersMedallionAward #BRMCWC #SelahAwards

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Dialogue, Writing, Writing Ideas, Writing Resources

Dazzling Dialogue—Part VII

Cut it out! Pare it down. Weed out unnecessary words. Instead of a long, flowery sentence, like this one, sometimes the use of shorter sentences can add sizzle and shine to your dialogue and make it dazzle. Click to Tweet #DazzlingDialogue #amwriting

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building characters, Dialogue, Emotion, Writing, Writing Ideas

Dazzling Dialogue—Part VI

Change it up. Do something different. Be true to the POV character and who they are interacting with. Sometimes, life hits us with the unexpected. Put that in your dialogue. At times, something comes out of left field. We’ve never thought of it that way before. Insert these techniques into your dialogue to make the characters’ conversations sizzle, sparkle, and shine. Dazzle your readers with blazing exchanges. Click to Tweet #DazzlingDialogue #amwriting

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Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

New Beginnings and Established Blessings––Part I

I hope you had a very Happy New Year celebration. It’s always quiet at our house on New Year’s Eve. We do different things, watch a little television, maybe get on computer…it’s low key for my hubby and me. #newbeginnings2018 #amwriting #establishedblessings2018

I talked a bit about last year, and what a difference a year makes. I want to expand on that––especially if you are where I was emotionally a year ago. By taking a look back, I can move forward with great joy. I’ve been contemplating all this for weeks now…the difference a year makes. Click to Tweet

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Encouragement, Inspirational, Writing

Thanks from a Grateful Heart –– All Year Round

It’s wonderful that we pause every fourth Thursday of November to be thankful. We have a lovely holiday. A time to get together with friends and family. But I’m of the opinion we should cultivate a thankful heart for every day. We hear that we should keep Christmas every day…why not Thanksgiving? It doesn’t mean we eat turkey and dressing every day, it means we remember to be thankful for what blessings we do have. Click to Tweet #thanksgivingeveryday #thankfulheart #gratitudeattitude

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building characters, Emotion, Writing, Writing Emotion, Writing Resources

Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part V

How do you create a “mirror moment for our lead character? Ask your character a series of questions, and their answers will help you create their “mirror moment.” Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle

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