“Get Hungry” and Other Lessons in Writing

Writers write. That was one of the first pieces of advice I learned as a writer. I’ve said in a previous post that if you write, you are a writer. Conversely, if you don’t write . . . I remember the first time I “felt” this. I was taking a writing class in college, and I watched leaves swirl in …

“Don’t Be a Know-It-All” and Other Lessons in Writing

“Sisteeeeeeeeeeeerrrr (or insert any name of said sibling), you’re so dumb!” (Insert a painful eye roll and laborious sigh, expressing the disgust at the effort of mustering the words to convey the ignorance of the addressee.) “BROTHER! You are SO. MEAN. You are ALWAYS so MEAN. The only things you ever say are MEAN.” Anyone who has ever witnessed siblings …

“Get Over Yourself” and Other Lessons in Writing

Ever since I thought that maybe, just maybe, I’d like to spend some of my time and energy writing for others, I began doing what most aspiring writers do: seeking advice. I collected it by listening, watching, and reading from authors I admired as well as those I did not. As a result, I have a growing collection of writing advice. Sometimes, …

Family Fiction Q & A

It must be the season for interviews! This month, I am the featured Speculative Fiction author for Family Fiction magazine. What an honor! It’s my prayer that this is an opportunity for more people to meet Simon and the Messengers. Their Q & A provided me with another to reflect on my fiction writing. Check it out here!  

Interview and Musings about Ending a Trilogy

I’ve said before how much I enjoy interview about writing. Primarily, I appreciate them because they force me to take a moment and reflect on my writing process. It’s something all writers should do regularly, in my opinion, and an interview is a great excuse for it. Recently, Concordia Publishing House interviewed me about writing Revealed, the final installment of …

Gratitude

This is a month of gratitude. Of thankfulness. Some people wait till Thanksgiving while others post a note of thanks every day. The past few days, I’ve been filled with gratitude when contemplating my role as a writer. I’m grateful for my fiction readers. Oh, how I am thankful for you. I knew from the start that this would be …

Writing about Scary Things

This past month, we’ve seen goblins and ghouls line the store aisles. Shrieks and screams are a bit more commonplace as people pay high prices to get spooked. Many Christians wrestle with what to do during a month that celebrates fear. Where do we draw the line between dress up or candy and darkness or evil? As a mom, I’ll …

Guilty Pleasures

We all have “guilty pleasures”—I’m not necessarily talking about straight-up sinful temptations at the moment. I’m talking about those things in life that can be good . . . in moderation. Things that can even be a blessing . . . until they’re not. Take, for example, a few of my food guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter M&Ms Fritos Mild Cheddar …

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Ten Grammar Tips for Any Writer

When I taught high school students, I told them intelligence and good spelling were not directly correlated. You can be a very bright person and a very poor speller. Additionally, semicolons and ampersands are easy for some people while exponents and factorials are easy for others. It was my pet peeve, in fact, when creative people told me that they …

Writing Ideas: Part Three

I love writing, and I love teaching. So I enjoy the blog series “Writing Ideas” on this site. You can find Part One and Part Two here. Whether you are a writer or a teacher of writing (or both), I hope these ideas inspire you to practice the craft of writing. Found Poem I first learned this idea from my incredible …