Telling a Religious Story Without Being Preachy, Part 2

Telling a Religious Story Without Being Preachy, Part 2

By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer
Last week, we looked at the problem of “preachiness” in Christian stories, and two major elements to eliminate to avoid coming off as preachy in your own work: Mouthpiece Syndrome and the Willing Recipient. This week, I focus on some other practical ways to address the problem of preachiness, especially when editing important thematic scenes.

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Writing Characters When You Don’t Hear Voices in Your Head

Writing Characters When You Don’t Hear Voices in Your Head

Miguel Flores, Guest Contributor
People have told me their characters “talk” to them. These fictional characters use our brains as home base but are otherwise free to explore both their world and ours. When these vagabond ghost squatters re-enter our brains, they kick up their feet, scatter our neatly organized plot bunnies, and babble about their lives or rudely commentate on ours.

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Veteran Students on Overcoming Writing Weaknesses, Part 2

Veteran Students on Overcoming Writing Weaknesses, Part 2

Compiled by Staff
Last week, we asked eight One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) students to tell us what their biggest area of weakness is in writing, and what strategies they employ to overcome it. This week, we feature another eight experienced OYANers and their responses. We hope their ideas for self-improvement will be useful to you!

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