Tag Archives: nonfiction

What assumptions are you making without letting me know?

I got into an interesting correspondence conversation with a friend-of-a-friend after my last post, on the importance of accuracy even in tangential details. In the course of a discussion of how much “factual” leeway one should grant writers of fantasy, … Continue reading

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The importance of being accurate

As writers, the last thing we want to do is pop the complex bubble of unreality that makes up the story enveloping our readers. We never want to dump them abruptly back onto the hard, uneven sidewalk of real life … Continue reading

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Conflict can be a good thing

In real life, I think of myself as preferring to avoid conflict when I can, but conflict is the engine that drives story. As a writer, I need conflict—and if you write, you do too. The thing is, I say … Continue reading

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What’s the message of a wordless Word?

Our church picked “Voices of Christmas” as the theme for this year’s Advent-through-Epiphany series of worship services. In Advent, we explored the voices of prophets, Mary, angels, and shepherds. For the second Sunday in Christmas, we will look at Anna … Continue reading

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Write what you love

One of the many things I love would be animals. So I write a column about animals—specifically, pets—for Examiner.com, an online news organization with numerous regional offices. I live in Chicago’s western suburbs, so I write my “Pets Examiner” column … Continue reading

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Enjoy writing even when you’re assigned a topic

Even when you’re writing what you “have to,’ love what you write. Oh, I can hear you now, saying I have it easy, getting to pick my topic and what do I know? But my professional career has consisted of … Continue reading

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