Looking for a Hero?

Every story line falls into one of three categories: boy meets girl, man who learns better, and heroic quest.  A simple story just traces one of these story lines, but more complicated books weave all of these story lines together while still maintaining one single overarching story line. Continue reading

Is Ella (Enchanted) Obedient?

After years of being the home school and co-op teacher making these kinds of assignments, I recently accepted the challenge to write a book report on Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.  In particular, I wanted to evaluate whether the title character Ella ever actually obeys any order given to her after a fairy bestows on her the gift, or curse, of obedience. Continue reading

Tell Me A (Good) Story

I love a good story!  Storytelling is an art.  But there are so many books and movies out there that just don’t have good stories.  I’m not talking about happy endings; I’m looking for a story that draws me in before leading me to an ending, whether happy or tragic (although I prefer happy).  From an academic perspective, what makes a good story? Continue reading

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Let’s talk about the elephant in the room…

When will my first Christian novel, “Elephant in the Room,” be published?

Dear friends – In November 2015, I accepted a challenge to write a novel – 50,000 words in the 30 days – with the encouragement of a free on-line writing community, NaNoWriMo.

Writing a book is one thing.  Getting it published and promoted is another thing altogether.  There are so many options for submitting manuscripts, and I found great ideas and instructions online from Michael Hyatt along with his book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World to publicize my book through social media.

In a few days, I will announce the release date for my book, “Elephant in the Room,” which will be published in both print and e-book formats by Dove Christian Publishers.

For more information about my book, please check out the section about it.  There are a few blog posts about writing a story with a difficult issue, too.  If you want to keep updated about the book and follow this blog, please sign up below.

By the way, I took the challenge again and wrote another book in November 2016.  What new opportunity have you taken on?  How do you set goals for tackling big projects?   What tools do you use to help accomplish them?  Tell me about them in the comment section below.