How much of a Christian message is “appropriate” in Christian fiction?

By Lana Christian This question plagues many authors. To answer this, let’s consider two respected authors. Both were atheists who became Christians. Both eschewed denominational labels. “Christian enough” debunked Madelaine L’Engle, author of the Time Quintet series, caught flak from Christians for not having a “Christian enough” message in her books. Christian bookstores refused toContinue reading “How much of a Christian message is “appropriate” in Christian fiction?”

Research for Writing: Avoiding the Proverbial Rabbit Hole

By Claire Tucker I’m terrible with dictionaries. Don’t get me wrong — I love dictionaries, with all the different, wonderful and new words for me to discover. The problem is that when I grab a dictionary to look up one word, I get distracted. By other words. Ten new words later, I remind myself ofContinue reading “Research for Writing: Avoiding the Proverbial Rabbit Hole”

Why English is Weird—and how to Write Right Despite It

By Lana Christian English is such a weird language. I didn’t realize how weird until I started teaching writing classes in the mid-1990s. They were meant to be simple four-hour “enrichment” classes for employees at the hospital where I worked. I never dreamed that MDs who were non-native speakers of English would attend my classContinue reading “Why English is Weird—and how to Write Right Despite It”

To The Person Writing My Story

By Stephanie Jaye Are you a plotter or a panster? I feel like that’s a question every writer gets asked at least once in their writing journey, and one that we may even ask ourselves at one point. Some people are strict plotters, while others just write and see where their characters take them. SomeContinue reading “To The Person Writing My Story”

The Fight Against Weasel Words: The Struggle is Real

By Elizabeth Jacobson I had written for years as teen and (very) young adult before I went on kind of a “forced hiatus.” I stopped having the time to write – at least that’s what I told myself. What really happened was that I stopped making the time, but that’s a different story. One ofContinue reading “The Fight Against Weasel Words: The Struggle is Real”

Networking-It’s Not What You Think

By Alley Hart I once heard a story of an abused dog being taken to an animal shelter after the police raided the house where it had been. A young woman adopted the dog on the day it was set to be euthanized, and for the first time, the dog was treated kindly by aContinue reading “Networking-It’s Not What You Think”

Introducing The Writers’ Room!

A column for Christian writers, by Christian writers I am so excited to announce an upcoming addition to my blog, the Writers’ Room! This will be a collaborative column featuring pieces by multiple Christian writers, focusing on everything from advice on writing craft to advice on entering the world of publishing. I also have plansContinue reading “Introducing The Writers’ Room!”

I’ve Been Nominated for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award!

Wow! So, this is the first blogging award I have been nominated for! I want to sincerely thank The Devotional Guy for the nomination. He has been blogging faithfully about how to live for Jesus during these hard times of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and I have been heartened by his blog. The Ideal Inspiration BloggerContinue reading “I’ve Been Nominated for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award!”

The Pharaoh Who Went Rogue

A series on Ancient Egyptian Religion (Part 7) So. Everyone, meet Akhenaten. You may remember him mentioned in a previous blog or two. On first glance, you may notice that he looks a little strange. This is possibly on purpose – or possibly not. We don’t quite know (as is, of course, usual regarding AncientContinue reading “The Pharaoh Who Went Rogue”

Appropriately Sphinxlike?

A slight digression from my series on Ancient Egyptian Religion So, before we move onward with my series on Ancient Egyptian Religion, I wanted to talk about the Great Sphinx, since we talked about the pyramids last week. Now, the thing is, that if the exact symbolic and religious meaning of the pyramids is aContinue reading “Appropriately Sphinxlike?”