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SE Podcast #56: What Are You Consuming?

SE Podcast #56: What Are You Consuming?

How does the content you digest affect your writing? How can you be more intentional about what’s influencing your stories? In today’s episode, Lori, Mariposa, and Josiah discuss practical ways they use their favorite books to deepen their works-in-progress and how you can tell if your latest read is damaging your creative process.

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5 Stylistic Mistakes Most Writers Overlook

5 Stylistic Mistakes Most Writers Overlook

Writers tend to treat the fine points of writing like chemicals in a science lab. Some jumble style and grammar in an intellectual test tube, uncertain which combination will produce the desired effect. Others avoid the subject because they’re worried it might encumber their creativity and make their writing monotonous.

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SE Podcast #55: How to Show and Not Tell the Gospel in Fiction

SE Podcast #55: How to Show and Not Tell the Gospel in Fiction

“Show, don’t tell” is a common writing mantra, but can it extend to how the gospel influences your fiction? What are some practical ways you can allude to God’s reality without becoming preachy? In today’s episode, Mariposa, Josiah, and Lori discuss how characters’ actions can point to Christ, as well as the purpose of writers within the broader context of the church.

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How to Use Post-It Notes to Visually Organize Your Story

How to Use Post-It Notes to Visually Organize Your Story

You settle into your desk for a writing session, but instead you end up hopping from chapter to chapter, trying to remind yourself what happens and when. You notice that a character’s earlier actions don’t align with his future, and you begin to get overwhelmed. How can you make the constantly moving parts fit together without leaving gaps?

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How to Keep Side Characters from Stealing the Show

How to Keep Side Characters from Stealing the Show

From Dr. Watson to Samwise Gamgee to Jane Bennet, no beloved classic would be as engaging without side characters. They’re the protagonists of untold stories that thrive between the lines. But have beta readers ever confessed that they kept reading your manuscript only to see what happened to a side character? Although the protagonist was present, she fell flat beside her quirkier companion.

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