Squirrel!–Dealing With Writing Distractions

Squirrel!–Dealing With Writing Distractions

  Our dog Reese has a concentration problem. If food or a toy is involved, she’s all ears. But when it’s time to go outside for you-know-what, every single thing is a distraction. Birds. Bugs. Kids screaming at recess. Power tools. Squirrels. Those furry little creatures have captured her attention for countless hours. We often …

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Windsong: A Poem

Windsong: A Poem

The wind makes its music in the trees, Rustling the branches, Rattling the leaves.   It brushes its silvery fingers Through the grass, Across the colors, of stained window glass.   It whistles its soothing tones Through the fields of green and yellow, Across the shining surface of a pond.   Sometimes it turns into …

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Become an Inspiration Lightning Rod

Become an Inspiration Lightning Rod

Output requires intake, and literary output requires literary intake. Wordsmithy, by Douglas Wilson, page 30.   I think all of us have experienced creative burnout at some point or another in our writing journey. Whether it’s simply running out of ideas or the inability to write at all, burnout is no fun. When you face …

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Oliver Twist: A Lesson on Satisfying Endings+Meet the New Blog Mascot!

Oliver Twist: A Lesson on Satisfying Endings+Meet the New Blog Mascot!

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Oliver Twist and Star Wars: A New Hope. Dickens’ classic, Oliver Twist, is a novel full of darkness and despair. But that evil is lessened by the hope found in little Oliver himself. No matter the tragedy, he maintains his sweet, hopeful innocence. Because of these incredibly dark themes, the ending …

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Plot Twist! A Writing Update

Plot Twist! A Writing Update

Good morning, friends! Just like a good book, life has unexpected turns and “plot twists.” And recently, I had one of my own. After much prayer and thought, I have decided to lay off working on Checkmate for a while. Let me explain why: When I first started writing CM, I had very little knowledge …

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