It's not enough to say there's a problem, as I and many others have. If anything's going to change, we have to offer advice and help, too. So today I'd like to offer an alternative to the one of the greatest dilemmas of Christian books and films: preachiness. Christians want to teach morals and lessons. … Continue reading How Christian Writers Can Teach Without Preaching
Some people are heroes, some are villains, and some occupy this spine-tingling middle ground. Not all stories are about good guys standing against the world. Some are about bad people who are able to do bad things and get away with them, even for a while. But no, I'm not talking about villains. These aren't … Continue reading How to Write a Hate-Worthy Hero
Ah, my horrible, awful, vomit-inducing, virginity-protecting, cancerous first book. A 77-page Legend of Dragoon fanfiction. You can decide which part of that sentence makes you squirm the most. Did I mention there was a self-insert in there? Anywho, if by some herculean effort and non-existent gag reflex you should slog through the bulk of this … Continue reading One Sure Sign of Bad Writing
"I could write a book." How many times have people told me that? And I'm not famous; these are just people who hear I'm a writer and think they can be, too. Because that's not insulting at all. Let's put aside that megalomaniacal assumption of "can" and ask another question no one asks: "should." "Should … Continue reading Should You Write a Novel?
It's not the criticism for your faith, it's not the market, it's not even the clashing views on what is Christian. It's knowing that God can and will take your writing away from you. Unless you give it to him first. Many of you just breathed a sigh of relief, I bet. "Oh, well that's … Continue reading The #1 Hardest Thing About Being a Christian Writer
I'm tired of being selfish. If you ask my why I write, blog, or jump on social media, the answer is probably something along the lines of "I dunno." Instinct. Lovely when channeled, deadly when it runs amok. Like oil in your car vs. oil in the bay. And I've been letting instinct muddy my … Continue reading What does “Fencing With Ink” Mean for YOU?
Go ahead and laugh. I know fanfiction is often regarded as Real Writing's ugly step-cousin. It's the dregs of the written word, where art and creativity go to be brutally murdered. If you don't know, fanfiction is any story written in or about an existing piece of art. Like writing a new episode of Lost. … Continue reading Why Fanfiction Is a Great Place to Start a Writing Career
Ever have that thing that makes you excited even though it hasn't happened yet, and even though it may never happen? Like marriage? Or your dream job? Or that day Oreo and Reese's have babies? Man, I'd eat the crap out of those. Anywho, I'm all not-yet-whoo-hoo because a publisher wants to read my manuscript. … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #22–Trying To Hold It In
I've been pretty darn hard on Christian fiction and Christian art in general, and I stand by what I've said. However, I cannot and will not say that everything in Christian fiction is terrible--far from it! But I haven't given much attention to the good things, and that's not fair. So to make up for … Continue reading The 5 Best Things in Christian Fiction Right Now
I've once again run into the enemy of all writers: employment. Granted, it's only temporary employment, but it's amazing how much less time you have to write when you're contributing to society and feeding your family. But whether you're a full-time writer or a hopeful on Wattpad, if you want to be a serious writer, … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #21–How Much Should A Writer Write Every Day?