A Writer’s Way of Seeing

“A Writer’s Way of Seeing” is my blog for those interested in various aspects of writing fiction and non-fiction. I will often discuss the spiritual component of writing from a Christian world view. I’ll also include some entries from guest authors past and present, along with some of my favorite writing quotes.

A few days ago I asked my Facebook friends for blogging suggestions. This interview with Marci Seither is one of the results of that post.  Some of the other excellent suggestions may be covered in upcoming blogs. I met Marci several years ago at the Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference when she performed her marvelous Ethel […]

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”  Agatha Christie   A few years ago I blogged on the importance of brooding.  Today I want to revisit that topic. Most well-written books—fiction or non-fiction—don’t happen on the spur of the moment. Instant inspiration is rare and if the result is […]

Attention fiction writers: I just read a terrific new book by my friend James Scott Bell and I want you to know about it. The title is Write Your Novel from the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers, and Everyone in Between. Briefly, Jim’s observation is that in the middle of every good novel […]

Yes, stop it with the creativity….for a while anyway. Being creative doesn’t get you published. Many very creative people never make a go of their writing career.   Why?  Because they’re so busy being creative, they’re not taking the time to plan their career.   And many mediocre writers succeed because they’ve stopped being creative long enough […]

I’ve previously mentioned pantsers and plotters as two commonly known ways of writing a novel. Plotters are those who outline their novel ahead of time and pretty much stick to the outline (with some bunny trails and replotting allowed). Pantsers are those who write by the seat of their pants, abhorring the idea of knowing […]

Last time I blogged on Five Rules about Writing I (Sorta) Disagree With. I concluded with a promise to discuss some rules of good writing I do agree with. It won’t surprise you that they’re pretty obvious. Let’s take a look at five such rules anyway. 1. The first rule is the one I referred […]