I think that it’s in the nature of writers to be insecure. Before we even put words on paper, we worry if it’s the right idea to pursue. During the writing process, we argue back and forth in our heads as to whether we’re wasting our time on this project. And then we wait on … More Right or Wrong, At Least Be Consistent
A student in my Editorial Techniques class said the other day: “I find myself looking for story ideas everywhere I go.” That’s because I am requiring them to come up with a story a week, AND have someone else write the story. Being always focused on story ideas comes with being an editor. It is … More When Dreams Become Reality
It’s done! 6,000 words fueled by inspiration last night, and I have a rough draft completed. Chosen, the story of Jonathan, is a real book. I have had the idea since the 90s, but for some reason haven’t had the courage or inclination to write it until now. And now that it’s “done,” I think … More Exit Writing, Enter Editing
I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m making good time. Actually, I know where I am going. Sort of. I have my story mapped out, I am starting chapter 15 out of 19 or 20 (still debating that one). The story is coming along. The problem comes when you compare fiction with reality. This … More Taking the Good with the Bad
Just a brief note on two, maybe three, items: 1. If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, your time is a-wastin’. It comes out tonight. Why should you subscribe? Because it gives you reviews on Christian fiction (not my own). It keeps you abreast of my projects, like Chosen, the upcoming exciting story of … More Tick…Tick…Boom!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. –Isaiah 55:8. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 20:1. I don’t believe in … More Why “Chosen”?
I came to Texas in 1998 from the beautiful state of Idaho. I had no idea that my family would be moving to Texas, but of course, I never planned on moving to Idaho either. Years ago, I left California for Illinois and had a horrible experience. I discovered that I was definitely a westerner. … More When God’s Way Is Not Your Way
Well, two bits of good news happened yesterday. First, after much deliberating, negotiating and emailing back and forth, my illustrator and I have agreed on a contract to put together the cover for my next book, Chosen (and yes, I am going with that title, at least for now). For a while I wasn’t sure … More Partners in Crime
It’s time to revisit The Great Adventure Manifesto, in which I try to spell out what I believe, and my marching orders for my writing from this point on. Item one is: I believe in the power of stories. Jesus shared stories because He could share Truth in ways that struck deep into the … More The Power of Story
Since the day that I started pursuing writing seriously back in the 80s, I have written autobiographical books, how-to books, children’s books, and novels in the steampunk, sci-fi and Christian fiction genres. But I have had a project in the back of my mind for at least a couple of decades: the story of Jonathan, … More How to Write a Biblical Novel