Now that we’ve talked about the different types of Christian fiction and their unique benefits and I’ve hopefully encouraged and challenged you Christian writers in your own writing, I want to recommend some ways that we Christian authors can build up others in the community, because I think it can be something we neglect either because we don’t think about it, we don’t know how to do it effectively, or we don’t see the importance of it. (Or we’re just socially anxious and terrified they’ll be annoyed with us, but… that’s its own issue. ;P) Continue reading “How to Encourage Christian Authors”
Something that’s been on my mind a lot lately is the idea of Christian fiction. That specific phrase, “Christian fiction,” puts an unfortunately sour taste in my mouth. “Christian fiction,” to me, means a lackluster story that really only serves to push the gospel and be squeaky-clean and happy-go-lucky and show that Christians are good and nothing bad ever happens to them and non-believers are either malicious or stupid. But “Christian fiction” isn’t what I’m going to be talking about today (and over the next few blog posts). For the purposes of this post, and those that follow, I’m using the term to refer, quite simply, to fiction that is written by Christians. No Christian themes attached, no specific “cleanliness” level… just fiction that is written by Christians. And I specifically want to talk about two varieties of fiction-by-Christians (though I’ll mention three). Continue reading “Flavors of Christian Fiction”
I’ve been participating in National Novel Writing Month since 2014, and I think the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days is a great tool to get people writing and foster community among writers and just overall encourage authors. Lately, however, the NaNoWriMo organization has been making a lot of decisions based on politics, and they’re decisions that I personally think are detrimental to the encouragement of community that is central to what NaNoWriMo has to offer. You’re welcome to agree or disagree with me on that, and through this post I do not mean to advocate for leaving the NaNoWriMo organization or suggest that it’s the best option—I haven’t even decided for myself yet whether I’m staying or leaving. This is simply intended to be a gathering of resources in case anyone has seen NaNoWriMo’s recent changes as deal-breakers, or to provide additional resources for those who are sticking around but maybe want additional tools. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Alternatives”
Howdy! Today we’ll be talking about NaNoWriMo. Can you believe it’s in less than a month?
I’ll be writing a fantasy (big surprise there) called The Lowlines. Here’s the synopsis.
Rhiannon Anson is the leader of the Lowlines, an organization of criminals-turned-vigilantes fighting to keep the worlds of the Acallarus star system safe.
But when the Lowlines are forced to disband, Rhiannon and her friend Ore Salenda are the only members still attempting to sustain justice in Acallarus. Then they run into Leo Redthorn, a thief with a mysterious past, who offers to help them reconnect the Lowlines.
But can Leo be trusted? And with so much opposition, will they be able to find the Lowliners and recreate the organization or will they die in the attempt?
Also, if you are planning to do NaNoWriMo, I highly recommend signing up on the official site. It’s a great place to meet other writers, and it’s harder to slack off with people encouraging you to keep writing. One of my favorite forums on there is Christian Teens Together! If you do decide to join that forum, however, beware the fact that it will be hard to keep up with us. We post almost constantly. But it’s still a great thread if you can keep up!
I’d love to see you there!