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Podcast #63: Creating Tragic Heroes

Podcast #63: Creating Tragic Heroes

Some of the most memorable, enduring literature portrays tragic heroes and deep, powerful themes. So how can you depict these characters from a Christian perspective? In today’s episode, Lori, Gabby, and Josiah continue their conversation about negative arcs and give insightful advice on how to write the climax of a tragic arc.

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Podcast #62: Can Christians Fit into Genre Boxes?

Podcast #62: Can Christians Fit into Genre Boxes?

Human beings were created by God as unique individuals and have been given the ability to create. So where do we find the balance between creating something completely new and original, and fitting in with today’s publishing world? Genre expectations are deeply established, but if God has called us to explore new directions within our work, how can we navigate that and still have a publishing career? In today’s episode, Josiah, Lori, and Gabby share clear and practical thoughts that illuminate many sides of this issue.

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Podcast #61: Drawing Themes from Your Own Life

Podcast #61: Drawing Themes from Your Own Life

You’ve probably heard the saying that “someone who wants to write a great story must first live a great story.” But how do you tackle the questions and struggles you’ve faced through your characters and plot? Where should you draw the line between fiction and reality? In today’s episode, Lori, Gabby, and Josiah discuss a big topic: how writers can find inspiration in their own personal stories while still being servant-hearted.

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Podcast #60: Chapters, Scenes, and Pacing

Podcast #60: Chapters, Scenes, and Pacing

How do you structure a chapter? Where should a scene start and end? In today’s episode, Gabby, Daeus, and Hope dive into the fundamentals of crafting chapters and scenes, including choosing the right pacing to create powerful effects. Listen to their conversation here!

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SE Podcast #59: Sympathetic Villains and Antiheroes

SE Podcast #59: Sympathetic Villains and Antiheroes

How can you approach sympathetic villains and antiheroes from a Christian perspective, especially in our modern culture? In today’s episode, Gabby, Hope, and Daeus give inspiring and thought-provoking advice on how to make a villain relatable without condoning his actions. They also explain how the Apostle Peter demonstrates that antiheroes need to be explored as much as heroes and villains. Listen to their conversation here.

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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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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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