Writing Lesson 29 – Showing Actions and Emotions

We all have unique facial expressions and gestures. In a novel, these make each character different. Joe may frown when he’s thinking. Mary may pull her eyebrows together. Tracy might purse her lips and tap a finger against them. You might cross your arms and tap your foot. We’ve discussed showing vs. telling in several [...]

Writing Lesson 28 – Randomness

A Creativity Tool At any point when you create your story, you will come to places where you need to do some brainstorming. It could be at the beginning when an idea first begins to germinate. You’ll need to choose your characters, their profession, the goals, conflicts, and more. Or maybe it’ll be in the [...]

Writing Lesson 27 – Remembering Anne Frank

Why Do You Write? On January 12 Miep Gies, guardian of Anne Frank and her amazing diary, passed away at the age of 100 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100112/ap_on_re_eu/eu_netherlands_obit_miep_gies). Anne Frank went into hiding with her family and four other Jews shortly after her 13th birthday. Miep and others hid them for two years until they were discovered by [...]

Writing Lesson 26 – Honesty is the Best Policy

A lot of us are in the habit of writing and saying what we know other people want to hear from us. This is very necessary and good when it comes to some things like schoolwork and chores – but the habit doesn’t grow a writer who can speak from the heart. Grab your Bible [...]