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The King Herod School of Writing

The King Herod School of Writing

One of the more disconcerting pieces of advice that professionals give you when you start out as a writer is to “kill your babies”. The first time you hear it can be a bit of a “Wait, what!?!” moment. It’s designed to be shocking, because the idea that they want new writers to learn is a difficult one. You must be able to sacrifice anything in the story for the good of the story. It works a little like this……

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Gardening with God

Gardening with God

Last Sunday at church the young man presenting communion spoke about sin using weeding as a metaphor. it was a simple but very strong message. It also reminded me of something I wrote when I was that young man’s age, so I dug out one of my old prayer journals and read the story again. The similarity was uncanny – which encourages me to believe that the Lord had spoken to both of us. So here is my piece, written…

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Writing, Writing and More Writing

Writing, Writing and More Writing

I’m doing my best to be head down and butt up with my writing this year. I know from experience that if I can get a good run at it, I can do a rough draft for a novel in about three months – fitting it around the household schedule. I’m the at home parent, but these days with one adult child and one teenager, that’s a pretty manageable set of chores, mostly.   So, I’ve been giving it some…

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Henry Latecomer keeps coming

Henry Latecomer keeps coming

The response to my last post has been really positive and I want say thinks to everyone who told me they enjoyed it. It looks like it’s going to yield some unexpected fruit. A friend of mine here in my hometown is an award winning short filmmaker. He’s been invited to present a short film this year as an alumni of a Christian film festival in the US. He contacted me the other day to say that he’d like to turn…

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