Writer’s Corner

You don’t have to be the best – and that’s okay

You don’t have to be the best – and that’s okay

I wrote this out of a struggle I had, and still have. Just because I’m writing an article doesn’t mean I have it figured out. I still have to remind myself of the things I know in my head time and time again…

See, I want everything I create to be perfect; I always have. I love reading well-written books. I sometimes ‘hate’ them at the same time, because I wonder how I can ever write as well and make as big an impact with my own writing. It’s not pride issue of wanting to be better than others. Rather, it’s the desire to create stories and characters and themes that touch lives and to do it in the best way possible. If someone has done it better than me, then that means I can get better. And if I can get better, that means I wasn’t good enough.

Right?

But eventually, I realized I didn’t have to be the best.

And that it was fine.

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October’s Monthly Prompt

First the winners of last month’s challenge:

september prompt

And the winners are…

*drumroll*

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September Highlights: Work, mainly

September Highlights: Work, mainly

My Life

Lots of writing. Well, for the first half of the month. Mainly Fidelyon. I got that finished. By which I mean this draft is finished. It still needs a little work before it’s ready for beta readers.

Also, I started my new job at Culvers. I’m enjoying it, so far. Yes, yes. I know. New things are enjoyable and then sometimes they get boring. But I think I’m going to like this job quite a bit. They put me on register on my fourth day. Besides, I get to watch and interact with people. Maybe I’m not quite as much an introvert as I thought. XD

Hope

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Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Secondary Characters

Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Secondary Characters

So a few weeks ago, I guest posted on the blog of a friend and Kingdom Pen writing team member, Brandon Miller, about Three Questions for Developing Characters. You can go check it out and stick around on his site because he has some pretty cool information there. But, for today, he’s popped in over here to give us some cool thoughts about secondary characters.

So, without more introduction, may I present Brandon Miller and secondary characters!

 

Secondary characters have a bundle of responsibilities for being just secondary.

Maybe they should start a support group.

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Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Fear Clichés

Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Fear Clichés

“That just… sounds cliché.”

Four words every writer cringes at. We have so many ideas. We try so hard. And then someone comes along and tells us it is cliché. Commonplace. And we wonder how on earth we’re going to fix our story when everything seems to have been done already.

If you read a lot or watch any number of movies, you’ll recognize a number of clichés on sight. The dashing prince rescues the helpless princess. The mentor dies and his student goes on to save the world. The villain dresses in a long black cape and carries a pet snake on a staff.

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Is Clean Christian Writing a Good Thing?

Is Clean Christian Writing a Good Thing?

Lying, murder, torture, assassinations, lust — as Christians called to be a light in the world, should we touch on these darker aspects of life in our writing or should our books be clean and full of light? Should a character swear? Is it wrong to have a character be immoral? What about the sympathetic thieves or the hardened interrogators? As Christians, we want to write inspiring stories. But is an inspiring story the same thing as a squeaky clean story, and what does ‘clean Christian writing’ even mean?

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July’s Monthly Challenge

First the winner of last month’s challenge!

fantasy prompt

And the winner is…

*drumroll*

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Day 4: Go forth and write!

3-2-1 WRITE! party

There has been quite a few handy tips and tools about writing, both (hopefully) from my blog and from the others who took part in this blog party. Now it is time to go use all you’ve learned!

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Day 3: Writing Tools

Day 3: Writing Tools

3-2-1 WRITE! party

Well, I’ve talked about it enough you might guess what my number one resource for writers is, but I’ve no problem with saying it again.

Kingdom Pen!

Kingdom Pen is a website, but it is so much more than a website too. For starters, don’t let the ages of the writers posting there fool you. There is so much great information posted every week, along with poems and the occasional short story.

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