Critical Views

Creating Memorable Characters Part Two: Uniqueness

Creating Memorable Characters Part Two: Uniqueness

A few weeks ago I started a new series on Creating Memorable Characters. In Part One, I talked about giving your character a flaw of some sort to make him or her relatable. Not only must your character be relatable, he or she must be unique. Just as no two people are exactly alike, no […]

Perspective

Perspective

I’m reading a book right now–well, actually I’m in the middle of about four books, but this particular one is called 30,000 Teachers, by Faith Fitt. It’s a true story about a woman who, after a difficult break-up, moves to China as a teacher and to share the love of God. The story is fun […]

The Art and Science of Writing

The Art and Science of Writing

We’ve probably all heard that writing is both an art and a science. Like many endeavors, particularly artistic ones, that is true. But how does that play out in actually trying to write a good story? If you break down those two elements, art and science, it helps to explain the why and the how. […]

The Greatest of These

The Greatest of These

I spent last weekend at the annual Realm Makers conference, the writers’ conference dedicated to people of faith who write speculative fiction. Realm Makers was developed in many ways because us lovers of science fiction and fantasy felt as if we had no place in the Christian marketplace. We were in sort of a no-man’s-land […]

What Matters

What Matters

If anything good has come out of the events of the past few weeks, it’s that I’ve taken the time to think about race. My world has been pretty homogeneous. I went to a mostly white grade school. My middle school and high school was rural, almost totally white, with a bit of a racist […]

To Curse or Not to Curse

To Curse or Not to Curse

The topic of using profanity in novels came up for discussion in a group I’m part of on Facebook. This is a topic that is diverse and can be very divisive, especially in Christian writing circles. People have strongly-held beliefs about language, on both extremes. There are those who say “words are just words, they […]

I Have My Reasons

I Have My Reasons

I read Me Before You last summer. It broke me. I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room or cry. So naturally I want to see the movie. Why? Because this movie makes me want to save lives. Because people need to know their lives are worth living. Because suicide (whether assisted or by one’s own […]