Category Archives: Discussions for Writers

On Writing the Mormon Sacred (A Cross-Post from Dawning of a Brighter Day)

Our culture is only as deep, or profound, as our art, and it may well be that our art only becomes these things as our artists isolate what is sacred to the human soul and elevate it for our examination.

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Part Review of Angel Falling Softly, Part Discussion of Sentimentality

The best part of last week’s vacation to Beaver’s Bend State Park in Oklahoma was the reading. While my husband and 10 year old spent the blistering days trout fishing, my daughter, home briefly from college, and I hung out in our very well air-conditioned cabin and read. I finished my every-so-often reread of Shirley Jackson‘s Haunting of Hill House and read all of Eugene Woodbury’s Angels Falling Softly, published by Zarahemla Books. Continue reading

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Advance Strategy

In a comment a couple posts back, Chris Bigelow mentioned his surprise at the degree of “advanced strategy” I use. As I’ve listened to and observed other writers, one thing I’ve noticed about my approach that is sometimes different from other writerly approaches is that I rarely just move on after finishing something. Some (my husband) would say I beat a project to death, especially if I have a sense something isn’t working, or even if I sense it should be working better. I guess I’m in the school that Continue reading

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Discussion for Writers: Bridging the Religious and Secular in HBM Excerpt, Pt 2

The first time I encountered the term “manipulation” in reference to what fiction writers do, I was mildly offended. Manipulation, after all, is a negatively charged word. Yet as I thought about it, I couldn’t come up with a better word offering for what writers do. Oh sure, writers should entertain and, certainly in the case of lit fic, provoke, but how do we do that? Answer: by manipulating readers. Continue reading

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Discussion for Writers: Bridging the Religious and Secular in HBM Excerpt, Pt 1

Yesterday I braved the 110 degree Dallas day, crossing town to see Keith Merrill’s 17 Miracles in the one theater that ran it. Seeing such a deeply Mormon movie is a rare opportunity in the buckle of the Bible belt and the LDS audience in attendance seemed deeply moved. But, in my eyes, the fact that the audience appeared to be solely LDS is a problem. Continue reading

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Discussion for Writers: Perspective, POV and a Memoir

The concept of perspective is one the best tools in the writer’s toolbelt. But if you bother to google around for an explanation of perspective in literature, you’ll find webpages that equate POV (point of view) and perspective. Conversely, you may find pages like the one I found at Continue reading

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Discussion for Writers: Show v. Tell on the Molecular Level

Today I boost the ego of wannabe writers everywhere by demonstrating that nobody, not even David Farland, is perfect. Let the Nit Pick begin!

David Farland is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author who has penned nearly fifty science fiction and fantasy novels for both adults and children. Along the way, he has also worked as the head judge for one of the world’s largest writing contests, as a creative writing instructor, as a videogame designer, as a screenwriter, and as a movie producer.   http://www.davidfarland.net/about/

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Feature Post Announced: Discussions for Writers

Tomorrow I will debut the first feature post in “Discussions for Writers.” Discussions will focus on writing tips, especially those learned the hard way. The purpose is to assist those new and/or growing in the writer’s craft to better grasp concepts that make the Gatekeepers open up, allowing the writer access to a readership. Continue reading

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