The Writer’s Advent: Love

Love. What better topic to cover during this Christmas Season? As writers, we cover the topic of love from many different angles. It's a desire that drives a character to good or evil. The reason behind a character's action. Of course, there's romantic love. So what makes Christmas Love even more special? I think of … Continue reading The Writer’s Advent: Love

How to Keep Writing through 5 Common Roadblocks

Have you ever found yourself staring at a blank page, a deadline screaming in your ear? Or been in the middle of a story, essay, or assignment and wondered how to get out of the dead spot in the middle? Here are a few tips that can help keep you writing. The Blank Page For … Continue reading How to Keep Writing through 5 Common Roadblocks

Story Types: The Novel

Two weeks ago, we began a discussion on story lengths. This came from a question I have been asked of late: what types of story types are there? This is a more complex answer than it may appear. On the surface, we have two types of stories: the novel and the short story. We began … Continue reading Story Types: The Novel

Story Types: Novellas

Last week, we began a discussion on story lengths. This came from a question I have been asked of late: what types of story are there? This is a more complex answer than it may appear.On the surface, we have two types of stories: the novel and the short story. Last week, we began with … Continue reading Story Types: Novellas

Story Types: Short Stories

A question I have been asked of late is, how does the industry define various story lengths? Or, perhaps more specifically, other than a novel, what types of story writing are there? This is a more complex answer than it may appear.On the surface, we have two types of stories: the novel and the short … Continue reading Story Types: Short Stories

Mystery, Suspense, and their Definitions

The past few weeks, I've been doing research on genres. Specifically the difference between mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. All of these are often found under the greater umbrella of crime fiction, but lately, mysteries have come to stand on their own. Thrillers can also be tied to horror and suspense is often left in the … Continue reading Mystery, Suspense, and their Definitions

A Time to Weep

When a tragedy, such as the recent events in Florida, strikes, I find myself either staring at the television in horror or running from every form of media because my heart is too broken to bear any more. I know individuals respond to loss differently. Some weep, some grow angry, some experience the entire cycle … Continue reading A Time to Weep

A Gathering of Authors this Saturday!

As promised, here are the finer details for the Gathering of Authors this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. come to the Wisconsin Downtown Open House. In Plymouth, there will be a variety of events, including a gathering of several local authors who will share their books with visitors. Each author will provide a … Continue reading A Gathering of Authors this Saturday!

The Tale of a Story

There are certain conversations that one vividly remembers years after they happen. Perhaps those are turning points in one's life, even though we may not realize it in the moment. This one conversation happened when I was at a missionary training conference. I ran into a staff member in the buffet line, a gentleman on … Continue reading The Tale of a Story