Tag Archives: The Writing Process

What I learned: Maggie, by Charles Martin

I’ve read almost everything Charles Martin has available. Chasing Fireflies is my favorite, and I shared what it taught me in a previous post. Maggie is his second novel – a sequel to The Dead Don’t Dance – and I … Continue reading

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What I learned: Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

I find what you’re about to read a bit of a paradox. Not for you necessarily, but for me as I wrote. These little posts are a way for me to comment on books positively by sharing what they taught … Continue reading

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How Do You Name Your Book?

Coming up with the right name for your book is huge. It has to capture the heart of your story, be attractive to the eye, and also get noticed by search engines. When I wrote Grateful, I wasn’t concerned with … Continue reading

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New Year, New Routine, New Reads

It’s 6:00… AM. My phone alarm went off at 5:30 (The alarm tone is currently set as a clip from the end of “The White Rider” off the Two Towers score. Epic). I don’t know about you, but 5:30 is … Continue reading

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What I learned: Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin

Charles Martin’s greatest strength may be in his ability to create setting. The first book I read of his was “When Crickets Cry” and one of the reasons I enjoyed it was imagining Lake Burton, GA where the story took … Continue reading

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The Writing Routine of C.S. Lewis

My routine today? Up at 3:00 AM for no apparent reason so I spent the breaking dawn at the computer. Other times I write into the deep night, sometimes in the middle of the day, in the car, on an … Continue reading

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For the Writers – What it Takes

Talent and skill are not synonyms. You are born with talent, but you develop skill. Developing skill costs two things that many of us are unwilling to invest: time and effort. My father-in-law took Jeni and I out for a … Continue reading

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Too many ideas?

I found a clip on youtube and Laughed Out Loud (It felt great to actually write that out.). It’s a cartoon about a delusional, wannabe writer sharing his dream with a friend who’s trying desperately to bring him down to Earth. You … Continue reading

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