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Five Ways to Use Prompts

Do you ever get stuck in your writing? Sometimes a simple prompt can take a sledge hammer to the wall that is holding you back. 1. Word prompts. These are simple one or two word prompts that can spark your creativity. One that I remember using was “tiny bubbles.” I thought about how to use that prompt and wrote a scene that started with a character staring into her glass of soda mesmerized by the tiny bubbles. Once I wrote the first sentence, using that prompt, the rest of the scene flowed smoothly. During NanoWrimo I use word prompts to help me keep writing. Sometimes the sentence with the prompt gets cut, but if it […]

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Three Ways to Prepare Spiritually for Christian Authors

Last month I shared my top five tips for Christian writers. Today, I’d like to talk more about the tip that made the top of that list – preparing spiritually. How do we prepare spiritually? 1. Prayer. We talk about prayer. We sing about prayer. We go to prayer meetings. We pray in groups. Yet the big question remains, are we incorporating prayer into every aspect of our lives? When we sit down to write, are we asking God to guide the process? When we edit, are we including Him in the decision of what scenes to cut? Let’s set aside our to-do lists for a moment and ask God to guide and direct our […]

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My Top 5 Writing Tips for Christian Authors

(Originally published on PA ACFW Blog) There is so much useful information available on the internet that it is difficult to narrow the list to a manageable one, but here are the most helpful writing tips I’ve discovered for the Christian author. 1. Prepare spiritually. Yes, it sounds like common sense, but how often do we sit down at our computers or open our notebook without having first taken the time to pray. How often do we neglect our daily Bible reading? If we prepare spiritually, we will be writing with Jesus on our minds and in our hearts. There is no other single step that will produce a more fruitful result. 2. If you […]

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Candy Cane Christmas

The assignment spoke to Hannah in a way none had before. She was to write one page describing the meaning of Christmas. She pondered the thought during chapel and throughout the day as she attended classes. Upon arriving home, she made a cup of hot cocoa and stirred in her marshmallows using a peppermint candy cane. Looking out over the snow covered hills she reflected again on the assignment. Taking her cocoa over to the fireplace, Hannah settled down next to the fire. She turned her rocking chair away from the fire and faced the Christmas tree on the other side of the room. The smell of the pine still permeated the air. The decorations […]

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Excerpt from Claudia

After eating her dinner, Stella pushed her plate away and looked up at Claudia.  “What’s going on with you?  You seem a little distant today and you are barely eating.” “It’s Sameer.” “Yeah?  How is he?” “Oh, he’s just fine.  A little too fine.” “Spill it.” “I went by his apartment the other night and let myself in.  I thought he was serious about me when he gave me the key six months ago.  I found out how wrong I was.” “Why, what happened?” “Judy was there.” “Oh, I’m sure it was nothing.  Don’t let her bother you, she probably just forced her way in there by asking him to help her study or something.” […]

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Excerpt from Stella

Megan sat behind Crystal and Stacy in Sunday school. She wasn’t trying to hear them, but Crystal’s idea of a whisper was anything but quiet. Crystal said “Did you hear that Jason is taking Stella out?” “I did” Stacy said. “I can’t imagine why that sexy specimen would waste himself on a tramp.” “He won’t date her more than a time or two, when he finds out she doesn’t put out, he’ll dump her.” Stacy said. “If only that were true, unfortunately, she does put out. A fact made clear by her current circumstances.” “I guess you’re right. I’m thinking of how she was in high school.” “She was probably a trollop then too, she […]

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