Category: Thoughts on Writing

A Day at the Writers’ Institute

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison Writers’ Institute. I’ve attended a couple writer’s conferences over the years, but then I went to grad school and had to put fictional writing on hold while I focused…

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.

Cooking the Fat

Last week I talked about cookies, hamburgers, and developmental editing. This week the conversation continues, at least about the hamburgers. Hopefully you’ve eaten already or this post might make you hungry.

Of Cookies and Hamburgers

I’ve been thinking a lot about cookies and hamburgers lately. Rather, the making of cookies and the cooking of hamburgers. But it’s not about the food, it’s about writing. I recently finished the first – and very rough – draft of my latest work…

The Vanishing Kidnapper – now an e-book!

The world of e-books has created strong supporters and staunch resistance, especially among writers. Fiction writers tend to be fiction readers and it seems many of us avid fiction readers agree that no matter the cost to our checkbook, getting to hold a book…

Medicine, Now and Then

I enjoy history, which is one reason I wrote a historical mystery novel. But when writing fiction, the author has to dig into the life of her characters. One aspect of that is health. In the late 1800s, when The Vanishing Kidnapper takes place,…

Lessons on Writing from Luke

With the start of the new year I decided to read through one of the four Gospels. I settled on Luke because I think of him as a writer. Yes, all four Gospel authors wrote, but Luke is a chronologist. I know I can…

Out of silence, God speaks: thoughts on pain from a writer’s perspective

Have you ever been so broken that the only word you can push from the depths of your soul is why? Why did God allow my son to die? Why have I lost everything I have ever worked for? Does God even care? And…

Emotions and Writing

What part does an author’s emotions play in┬áher writing? I have heard well-published authors explain that if an author feels sad, the reader will feel it more, if the author is scared, so it is with the reader, and so on. If that is…

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