Thoughts

When You’re Climbing Up Telephone Poles

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I stood about eighteen feet above the ground on a board suspended between two telephone poles.  I had climbed up the pole that was on the right side, and another girl had climbed up the one on the left.  My knees and legs shook, and the board that the girl and I were standing on slightly wobbled.

“Do you want to go first, or do you want me to go first?” asked the girl.

“You can go first!” I said.  When I had been on the ground and our ropes-course guide had asked who wanted to climb up the poles and jump off first, my hand had been raised rather eagerly.  Now that I was at the top of the shaky structure, I was starting to have my doubts.

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Bible, Writing / Writing Help, Writing Warm-Ups

Travel The World With Google Maps: Writing Prompt

TRAVEL THE WORLD

Hey everyone!  I don’t know about you, but I sometimes like to travel the world with Google Maps or Google Earth and explore places that I otherwise would never have seen.  Yesterday I was traversed the streets of Bangladesh, went and saw the Great Wall of China, took a detour through a small Mongolian community and was home in time for dinner!  Thanks, technology and Google!

As I was exploring the earth, an idea flew by, and I caught it just in time!  The idea: use Google Maps for writing prompts!

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Resources, Writing / Writing Help, Writing Warm-Ups

Writing From Songs; Another Type Of Writing Warm-Up

Writing From Songs

Ideas can strike at the strangest places… at the grocery store, park, or even page 167 of your math textbook.  That’s what happened to me the other day.  (I have to admit, I can sometimes be rather absentminded when I should be doing my schoolwork!) I was sitting there at the kitchen counter, math book and pencil in hand, when the idea struck of writing stories based off of songs.  Continue reading “Writing From Songs; Another Type Of Writing Warm-Up”

Publishing, Distributing, Writing / Writing Help

4 Tips For Taking Input On Your Writing

4 tips for taking input on your writing

Adeline finally set down the paper after reading it to her friend.

“How did you like my story?”  She asked.

“Well,” said her friend, “It was okay, but it could have had some more, you know, conflict?”

Adeline’s mood drooped like chewy bacon.

Taking input on your writing can sometimes be hard, or even discouraging, but it’s important to take it well.  But what can you do to help accept the criticism?  Well, here are a few tips you can use to when taking input!

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Bible, Upcoming Events

Project Charlotte: Helping the Helpless

Project Charlotte: Helping the Helpless

Named for my sponsored child, Charlotte, I am wanting to get as many children sponsored as I can!

All over the world are children that are sick, sad, abused and starving. For only $39 a month, you can help a child receive and education, medical care, and, most importantly, the love of Christ. We can be the change for good in a child’s future.

James 1:27-Pure and undefiled religion… is this: to visit the orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. Let us use our gifts, whether of money or prayer or other service, for the good of HIS KINGDOM.

Please listen to this song by Steven Curtis Chapman… Because it could totally change your outlook on life.

What Now- by Steven Curtis Chapman

Learn More:

https://youtu.be/KTOGKANhidk

https://cause.worldvision.org/ProjectCharlotte

Bible, Writing / Writing Help

Blueprint For A Great Story!

 

You probably know that there are things that a story needs to have.  Things like characters, a setting, etc..  But what other things make a great story?  One thing is having an outline.

What makes a great story outline?

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Bible

A Guide Through the Most Important Book In the WORLD

Maybe you are a strong Christian.  Maybe you have never heard of the Good News before.  Maybe you are trying to follow Christ, but you feel as if you are choked out by the mere size of his Holy Book.  This series has a video for every New Testament book of the Bible that outlines its literary design, and what it is about.  They are EXTREMELY helpful for understanding those really difficult books!

New Testament

Check out their Old Testament videos too!

Old Testament

 

Writing / Writing Help

How to Write to Captivate Your Reader

texture-1362879_1920Mr. Average Joe looks intently at the pages between the cover of the book he is reading.  He bites his lip, furrowing his bushy eyebrows as he does so.  A minute later he gives out a laugh.  Then, after a while, tears spring to his eyes.  At last, he sets down the book, almost sorry it had to end.  “That was a good book.” he says happily.  Then he picks up his phone, opens his text app and recommends the book to a friend.

You want your book to be like that; to captivate the reader, so much so that they can hardly put down the book.   A good book makes you in a sense ‘hungry’ for more; more of that book, more of the book’s series, or maybe just more books by that author!  And maybe Mr. Average Joe isn’t your reader.  It could be Environmentalist Evan,  Fantasy Francine, Sci-Fi Sam or anyone else! And it’s your job as the author to hook your readers into your book. Continue reading “How to Write to Captivate Your Reader”

Resources, Writing / Writing Help

Making a Character Profile

Character profiles are useful tools in creating characters for your stories.  I use them in most of my writing. A character profile includes information such as your character’s eye and hair colors, personality and other details and can be especially useful if you are wanting to do a lot of descriptive writing about the person.

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