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Summer Reading

This summer has really been flying by. I had so many plans and dreams, and now August has already come. How did that happen?

I have been very blessed to be able to return to several writer’s conferences this year. In June, I returned to the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. I have been attending it since 2014 and it I missed not going last year. It is always a time of good instruction, encouragement, and meeting new and old friends. There is just a special feeling about the conference and the site at Ridgecrest.

Now, I am preparing to attend Killer Nashville for my second time. I will be going early for the preconference class on “Writing the Novel: From Idea to Reader’s Hands” by teacher and author John DeDakis. If the weekend will be anything like last time, it will be a whirlwind that will have my head spinning but have me back to writing my books.

Summer reading is so enjoyable, whether it is out in the sunroom watching the birds and flowers or in my regular recliner after a leisure walk through the neighborhood. The evenings are definitely shorter than in the winter, but the extra sun seems to help stay up a little later.

The Olympic Games, on the other hand, are no help. There have been so many story lines to get caught up in. The competition has been compelling. And the athletes have all had to go through so much just to get to Tokyo that their stories have been so inspiring.

I did just finish the 2021 Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel by Louise Penny. “All The Devils Are Here” is a wonderful story set in the historical city of Paris. Penny really makes the city come to life, from the top of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the Paris Archives.

This reads as good as any of the novels from the Golden Age. No wonder it was selected.

Well, until next time, hope you’re able to get some of the books off your reading stack.

Happy reading.

 

Make a Story Come to Life with Characters

One way to make a story really come alive is by giving your reader or listener characters that really resonate. The plot is the character’s story. By telling us a story about someone we can like, be interested in, or identify with, the writing grabs our attention and often our emotions.

Not only will an interesting character get us into the story, it also helps us remember your theme or moral after we put the book back on the shelf. That’s one of the biggest awards for the author.

This month, over on The Write Conversation, I wrote about some tips to help make your characters more real and more acceptable. I hope you like it and you can leave any messages below.

Here is the link to Make the Characters You Create Come to Life.

You Don’t Journey Alone

Spring is arriving around my house. The days are getting longer. Blooms and leaves are popping out seemingly overnight.

And now is a great time to consider your life’s journey. What is the dream you carry and what do you have to do to achieve it?

We all have dreams. Some are bigger than others. Many of them we never strive for because of the real and imaginary obstacles we face.

But what if we knew we didn’t have to face them alone? What if we knew someone with power would be on our side?

Over at The Write Editing, I blogged about what a gift we have that God wants to join us on our life’s journey. You can find the post here.

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