The "alphabet story" is a creative writing exercise that helps author's develop their plotting and word usage skills. It involves creating a short story with 26 sentences, each starting with a letter of the alphabet in order from A to Z. At a writers group meeting I attended the moderator suggested we try writing one. A short time later, a friend of … [Read more...]
I’ll begin with a confession. I’m a plotter, sometimes called an outliner. I’m not a pantser. A pantser is a writer who sits down at the computer and writes a book or novel with a premise and little else. Stephen King professes to be a certified pantser.
“I distrust plot[ing] for two reasons,” he wrote in his famous book, On Writing. … [Read more...]
C.S. Lewis touched a nerve with the reading public. His Chronicles of Narnia (for children, but also read by millions of adults), Mere Christianity, The Allegory of Love, and The Screwtape Letters are his most well-known and beloved novels.
Lewis was a prolific writer, a scholar (educated at Oxford) who combined … [Read more...]
Hope you can attend the Mississippi Writer's Guild Annual
Conference July 27 at the Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Miss. I'm putting on 4 workshops titled, "7 Secrets to Cinematic Writing." It could've been titled, How to Write a Book (fiction or non-fiction) That's More Likely to Garner the Attention of Movie … [Read more...]
Friends, family, and those who couldn't give two hoots, or at least one Hoddy Toddy, I'm breaking out and headed for a writer's retreat in Starkville, Mississippi. Yep, home of the Hail State Bulldogs, my Ole Miss nemesis to the South.
No worries, I'll feel safe. I have deep bulldog connections. My bulldog puppy became the … [Read more...]
My mother had a needlepointed pillow with this saying: "It's hard to be humble when you're from Mississippi."
While these words might sound like bragging, or arrogance to some people, they were never meant to convey that sentiment. Not at all.
The saying is more about a state of solitary pride than a state of boastfulness. Mississippians … [Read more...]
Satan is clever, no doubt. But he's not immune to mistakes. He made five snafus, four that aroused Martha's attention, and one that led to his ultimate demise in The Rector, a new genre of Christian murder mystery with theology.
1) He preached a "prosperity gospel," which Martha and JJ Johnson recognized as being unbiblical.
2) He … [Read more...]