Announcing Behold the Dawn!

I’m thrilled to announce that Behold the Dawn is now available for purchase. The road to publication has been a wild (and occasionally bumpy) road, so please join me in celebrating with a happy dance, lots of chocolate, and a squeal or two! Behold the Dawn Acknowledgements Many people have been instrumental in helping this project […]

How You Can Take Advantage of Art's Subjectivity

Why Somebody Is Certain to Hate Your Book–and How You Can Deal With It

Anyone who doubts the subjective nature of art need look for persuasion no farther than Amazon’s review pages. For instance, Stephen R. Lawhead’s Hood received opinions varying from the effusive Lawhead at his best. and Rip-roaring good story. to the insistent No real plot, resolution, or drama. and Slow, uninspired and pointless. How could the […]

Winning Wednesday: Grand Prize!

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Sheila. In order to win the Behold the Dawn poster, she answered the question “What was a scriptorium?” The Church in the Middle Ages A scriptorium was a room in a monastery for storing, copying, illustrating, or reading manuscripts. The Dark Ages ruled nowhere more fully than in the […]

Should Authors Be Writing for a Specific Audience?

Should Authors Be Writing for a Specific Audience?

Authors write to be read. We write not only for ourselves, but to share our thoughts, our words, our stories with others. Unless we happen to be Emily Dickinson (whose work was never published during her lifetime), we inevitably realize our words will be read by someone other than ourselves (even if it’s only our […]

Winning Wednesday: Poster

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Sherrinda Ketchersid. In order to win the Behold the Dawn mug, she answered the question “What was a bailey?” Castles in the Middle Ages The term bailey applied to both the outermost wall surrounding a castle and the courtyard inside the walls. Some interesting facts about castles: A man’s […]

Why You Should Write More Than One Ending to Your Book

Why You Should Write More Than One Ending to Your Book

Movie directors often film alternate endings. After previewing a film to select audiences, they sometimes discover that the originally planned ending doesn’t quite work, for whatever reason. Despite the fact that the movie was, to all intents and purposes, finished, they reopen shooting and create a new ending, one which will hopefully resonate with viewers […]

The “Establishing Shot”–and 9 More Ways to Strengthen Your Story’s Beginning

Just for the record: I hate beginnings. The first fifty pages of my novels are inevitably torture to write. I’m always sure I’ve lost my touch, convinced that every successful story in the past was a fluke, absolutely certain I’ll never make these opening scenes gripping enough to hook a reader. And it’s no wonder. […]

Winning Wednesday: Mug

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Benjamin Farnum. In order to win Loreena McKennitt’s CD The Book of Secrets, he answered the question “In medieval times, what was the role of the bailiff?” Bailiffs in the Middle Ages The term bailiff originated in England, where it was used to denigrate certain of the king’s officers, […]

Winning Wednesday: The Book of Secrets by Loreena McKennitt

This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Hannah Covington. In order to win the Behold the Dawn T-shirt, she answered the question “The Crusaders shortened the name of their opponent, the famed Turkish sultan, to Saladin. What was his full name?” Saladin in the Middle Ages Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb was one of few Moslems […]

Here Are 5 Methods That Are Helping Writers Stay Healthy

Here Are 5 Methods That Are Helping Writers Stay Healthy

Writing isn’t the kind of job you’d expect to be hazardous. When all you do all day long is sit in a comfy chair at your desk and poke some keys from time to time, you’d think your body would respond beautifully to all this pampering. But, as any desk jockey of longstanding knows, desk […]