Category Archives: Great Writing

Delightful Descriptions

Well, I haven’t had one of these posts for a while, but I finished reading Chris Fabry’s latest release, The Promise of Jesse Woods, yesterday, and found myself chuckling over some of the descriptions and the pithy observations made by … Continue reading

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Ordinary Words with Extraordinary Impact

There are some fascinating words in the English language, but sometimes even ordinary words can be used in an unexpected way, and it’s like a snowball hitting you – smack! – in the forehead.  See if you can spot the … Continue reading

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Wordpainting – Creating the Mood

As an Australian, travelling in Europe is awe-inspiring.  Walking into places like Westminster Abbey or Notre Dame, breathing in their history, singing in services that have been taking place in these building since before my own country was fully charted … Continue reading

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Word Painting – The Weight of Sorrow

Sorrow can be a crippling emotion.  One of the things I love about good fiction is that it allows us to experience and learn how to process heavy emotions from a ‘safe’ vantage point – one that involves us emotionally … Continue reading

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Word Painting – A Sticky Residue

Have you ever woken up knowing that you had an uncomfortable dream, and then tried to explain it to someone only to find that you really can’t remember any of it – or at least enough of it to actually … Continue reading

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Word Painting – Sometimes it’s the Little Words

I love a good metaphor, don’t you? Have a look at this sentence I read recently in the upcoming release The Silver Suitcase by Terrie Todd: She lay awake far too long, trying in vain to push waves of grief … Continue reading

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Smile!

Smiles can be so expressive, can’t they?  When we interact with someone, reading their smile plays a significant role in the impression we form of them and the way we interpret what they are saying. For the writer, there are … Continue reading

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Now THIS is romance!

I know, I know.  It’s actually fantasy, but it is also a romance in the oldest sense of the term.  It is the story of a hero and his quest; a quest that carries both personal and universal significance. I’m talking … Continue reading

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Character Painting

Seriously, if you want some great examples of how to capture the essence of a minor character in a few sentences, read Thomas Locke’s Emissary. Here’s another one I posted recently. Now, picture this if you will: “The older man … Continue reading

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Reading Between the Lines

I don’t know about you, but I love it when authors manage to say things without actually saying them.  Subtlety in writing is an artform that fewer and fewer authors seem to grasp, but when I read this recently I … Continue reading

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