Category Archives: Writing

Guest Post from Author Stacy Monson: How Faith Has Strengthened My Writing

Welcome, reader friends! I have a special guest to introduce you to today. Stacy Monson is the author of Open Circle, a novel which releases on Thursday 21 June, and she’s here with me today to share how her faith has strengthened … Continue reading

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First Line Friday – 12 January 2018 – To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! We have a theme this week—diversity, in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (although you can feel free to share non-theme-related first lines too!)—and I couldn’t help reaching for a … Continue reading

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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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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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Character Painting

When it comes to male romantic leads, it can be a challenge to come up with descriptions that aren’t clichéd eye-rollers, particularly if the guy is supposed to be. . . shall we say, easy on the eyes? It is … 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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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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Just Two Little Words

They’re just two little words, but when I see them written together at the beginning of a sentence it’s like hitting a pothole: Just then … I don’t know whether it’s just me, but I find that a really lame … Continue reading

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