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Podcast #73: How the Bible Inspires a Writer’s Creativity

Podcast #73: How the Bible Inspires a Writer’s Creativity

If the Bible reveals a creative God, how does His Word inspire and expand a writer’s creativity? In today’s episode, Daeus, Lori, and Martin explore how to ground your creative life in Scripture and how to depict characters who both are and aren’t walking in truth. They also share some examples of stories that engage with Scripture without coming across as preachy.

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Podcast #70: How Should Christian Writers View Fame and Success?

Podcast #70: How Should Christian Writers View Fame and Success?

We live in a world that’s become increasingly focused on fame, and “success” for a writer means having thousands of followers, signing with a large publisher, and hitting the bestseller list. The goal is to be in the spotlight and make a hefty income. But, as Christians, we write for God’s glory, not our own. In this episode, Josiah, Mariposa, and Daeus discuss serving God through writing—whether with a huge platform or a small one.

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How to Depict Characters Living in Sin without Endorsing Their Choices

How to Depict Characters Living in Sin without Endorsing Their Choices

Has your work-in-progress ever taken a dark turn? You thought you were writing about teenagers falling in love for the first time, but instead you ended up with scenes where the characters crossed physical boundaries. Or maybe your plot veered into other uncomfortable territory. A violence-ridden city. An unfaithful spouse. Gender dysphoria. Because the world is broken, you can’t portray it authentically and empathize with your audience unless you recognize the struggles around you.

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How Heroes (Don’t) Change the World

How Heroes (Don’t) Change the World

Heroes change their worlds by undergoing personal transformation that impels them to risk their own safety for the sake of others. Sometimes this is encapsulated in a singular act, and other times in a recurring pattern, but both reflect the same theme. Over the past few years, however, I’ve noticed an influx of stories that define heroism differently. Instead of revolving around the principle that virtue develops inwardly before manifesting outwardly, this new version focuses on moral judgment.

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Podcast #69: How to Become a Servant-Hearted Writer

Podcast #69: How to Become a Servant-Hearted Writer

Jesus said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” As writers who intend for others to read our work, we desire to be leaders, and as Christians that means we must lay ourselves down and seek to serve our audiences. But what does the application of that look like? Listen as Josiah, Gabby, and Daeus unpack the motivations and actions of a servant-hearted writer, why it’s such an important mindset to have, and how building relationships with readers can be like inviting them into a warm house on a rainy day.

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Give Readers What They Need, Not Just What They Want

Give Readers What They Need, Not Just What They Want

Though stories are imaginary, they have an incredible ability to encourage readers to either engage deeply with the real world, or search for an escape. As writers, our responsibility is to be intentional about the reactions we provoke and instead fill readers up. Only when they’re overflowing with hope can they pour themselves into others. To leave them in a better state than you found them, you need to stir up a special sort of longing.

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Podcast #68: Writing Stories That Celebrate Wholeness and Human Flourishing

Podcast #68: Writing Stories That Celebrate Wholeness and Human Flourishing

Like Tolkien’s depiction of The Shire, portraying moments of warmth and joy can be a powerful way to convey that Christ’s path is vastly different from the darkness in the world. How can showing characters’ potential to thrive give hope to readers? And how can writers do that while still being honest about sin and the hardships we all go through? Listen as Josiah, Gabby, and Daeus explore the concept of wholeness, its importance within fiction, and whether hope comes from waiting for heaven’s completeness or if we can experience it here on earth as well.

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