In February, Josiah, Rolena, and Daeus discussed the elements of a satisfying climax, but what happens once the protagonist has survived the final conflict? Today Josiah, Hope, and Brandon explore what makes a story’s resolution effective and meaningful. They share their favorite examples of memorable endings and give tips on how to avoid common mistakes when tying off a story.
On our podcast, we talk a lot about writing quality stories. But what does that look like in practice? How do authors use the techniques we discuss to craft compelling themes, characters, and plots? Today we’re thrilled to introduce Michael Stanton as the guest host for a new experimental series of podcast episodes.
Welcome to the finale of our book study and article series on The Promise of Jesse Woods! In today’s episode, Josiah DeGraaf, Brianna Storm Hilvety, and Grace Livingston sit down with author Chris Fabry to discuss his experience while writing the novel. Fabry gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what inspired his ideas and how he developed his characters, plot, and theme.
Last month, Josiah, Hope, and Brandon tackled parents in fiction—this month, Josiah, Rolena, and Daeus are taking a look at the other end of the spectrum with child characters.
Today Josiah DeGraaf, Hope Ann, and Brandon Miller break down the depiction of parents in fiction. They discuss the problems with how parents are often portrayed and give tips on how to avoid these pitfalls.
Many writers struggle to craft a climax that wraps the whole story together. What are the necessary elements of a compelling climax? In today’s episode, Josiah DeGraaf, Rolena Hatfield, and Daeus Lamb tackle this question, discuss their favorite examples of moving endings, and give tips on how to avoid weak climaxes.
In today’s episode, Josiah DeGraaf, Hope Ann, and Brandon Miller tackle suspense, cliffhangers, emotional tension, and all of those amazing story elements that keep readers awake late into the night. They share their favorite examples of page-turners and discuss why some techniques are more effective than others.
Over the past week, we’ve run a series on Uncovering the Reasons Why Books Fail, where Josiah DeGraaf explored how to assess a novel’s quality through three scales. Today he asks Hope Ann and Brandon Miller for their perspectives on how objective a book’s artistic value truly is.
Today Josiah DeGraaf, Rolena Hatfield, and Daeus Lamb discuss the importance of embracing the impact our stories can have on readers and maintaining the delicate balance between writing for ourselves and others.
Today Josiah DeGraaf, Hope Ann, and Brandon Miller discuss what it means to depict characters with souls. How do we show readers the inherent worth of a person’s soul without being explicitly Christian?