The Story Embers Podcast

A podcast dedicated to guiding and inspiring Christian storytellers to glorify God with excellent craftsmanship.

Published once a week with episodes covering all areas of story craft, including plot, theme, characters, poetry, narrative art, and more.

Hosted by Grace Livingston.

Five Quick Stylistic Edits to Make before Sharing Your Work

by Grace Livingston | August 20, 2018

In episode 21 of the Story Embers Podcast, Brandon Miller lists five quick edits to make before sharing your work. You can find more of Brandon’s work on his blog, The Woodland Quill. The Story Embers Podcast is going on hiatus for now, but we hope to return soon with more content to support and encourage you on your journey as a Christian storyteller. New content can still be found on our blog every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Past Episodes

How to Kill Characters without Enraging Readers

by Grace Livingston | August 13, 2018

In episode 20 of the Story Embers Podcast, Brandon Miller picks up where he left off in episode 16 by sharing how you can kill a character without enraging readers. You can find more of Brandon’s work on his blog. Be sure to check out our “What is Story Embers?” video to learn more about our mission here at Story Embers!

How to Use Worldbuilding to Deepen Your Plot

by Grace Livingston | August 6, 2018

In episode 19 of the Story Embers Podcast, Gabrielle Pollack shows how worldbuilding and plotting can work together to strengthen your story. You can find more of Gabrielle’s work on her blog. To download the Story Embers Worldbuilding Questionnaire, visit our resource library. Click here to view the complete details and the sign-up form for our first artists’ guild.

Five Stylistic Mistakes Most Writers Overlook

by Grace Livingston | July 30, 2018

In episode 18 of the Story Embers Podcast, Mariposa Aristeo shows five ways you can improve your writing. You can find more of Mariposa’s work on her blog. Enjoying the Story Embers Podcast? Please take a moment to leave us a review in iTunes or share our podcast on Facebook or Twitter.

Why Word Crafters Should Learn the Difference Between Grammar, Mechanics, and Style

by Grace Livingston | July 23, 2018

In episode 17 of The Story Embers Podcast, Rachel Rogers explains the difference between grammar, mechanics, and style.

Three Reasons You Should Kill a Main Character

by Grace Livingston | July 15, 2018

In episode 16 of the Story Embers Podcast, Brandon Miller discusses one of the biggest clichés seen in the adventure and speculative fiction genres. You can find more of Brandon’s work on his blog, The Woodland Quill. To view the complete description of our writing internship program and access the application form, click here.

Three Truths You May Not Realize about Professional Editing

by Grace Livingston | July 9, 2018

In episode 15 of the Story Embers Podcast, Josiah DeGraaf tackles three misconceptions about professional editing and answers the big question–do you need a professional editor? To visit Josiah’s website, click here. To view the complete description of our writing internship program along with the application form, click here.

Developing Unexpected Comic Relief Characters

by Grace Livingston | July 2, 2018

In episode 14 of the Story Embers Podcast, Brandon Miller shares how you can identify and develop your story’s comic relief characters. You can find more of Brandon’s work on his blog, The Woodland Quill.

Three Lessons Writers Can Learn from Jane Austen

by Grace Livingston | June 25, 2018

In episode 13 of the Story Embers Podcast, Sierra Ret proposes three reasons why Jane Austen’s works continue to engage readers to this day. To view the submission guidelines and entry form for our inaugural short story contest, click here.

Three Unique Ways Poetry Affects Us

by Grace Livingston | June 18, 2018

In episode 12 of the Story Embers Podcast, Graham Jackson explores the value of poetry and how it affects us as human beings.

Four Types of Patience Every Writer Needs to Unlock Success

by Grace Livingston | June 11, 2018

In episode 11 of the Story Embers Podcast, Mariposa Aristeo describes four types of patience that are guaranteed to aid writers against any obstacle. To visit Mariposa’s blog, click here. Enjoying the Story Embers Podcast? Please take a minute to leave us a review in iTunes or share our podcast with your friends!

How to Write 100,000 Words in Less than 60 Days

by Grace Livingston | June 4, 2018

In episode 10 of the Story Embers Podcast, Naomi Jackson shares how she managed to write 100,000 words in less than 60 days. You can find Naomi’s short stories and serialized novel on her website. To view the submission guidelines and entry form for our inaugural short story contest, click here.

Brainstorming With Direction

by Grace Livingston | May 28, 2018

In episode of 9 of the Story Embers Podcast, Brandon Miller offers some tips on how to brainstorm effectively. You can find more of Brandon’s work on his blog, The Woodland Quill. To access our resource library, click here.

Four Common Sins of Christian Storytellers

by Grace Livingston | May 21, 2018

In episode 8 of the Story Embers Podcast, Daeus Lamb explores four sins Christian writers often struggle with. Daeus also runs his own online endeavor to help writers: Excelsior Writing School. Pick up a free copy of his book, The Golden Ziggurat and Other Stories. To check out Josiah DeGraaf’s online course, Theme Mastery, click here.

How to Subtly Deliver a Powerful Message in Your Story

by Grace Livingston | May 14, 2018

In episode 7 of the Story Embers Podcast, Josiah DeGraaf describes the two tools you need to craft a powerful message for your story. Want to learn more about how to write compelling themes without being preachy? Check out Josiah’s online writing course, Theme Mastery: How to Write Meaningful Stories. To visit Josiah’s blog, click here. To access our resource library, click here.

How to Fix Three Terrible Scenes

by Grace Livingston | May 7, 2018

In episode 6 of the Story Embers Podcast, Gabrielle Pollack offers some tips on how to fix those sluggish or boring scenes. You can find more of Gabrielle’s work on her blog. To view the submission guidelines and entry form for our inaugural short story contest, click here.

Three Reasons Christians Can Write Compelling Stories (Despite Past Failures)

by Grace Livingston | April 30, 2018

In episode 5 of the Story Embers Podcast, Brandon Miller discusses three advantages Christian writers have over secular writers. You can find more of Brandon’s work on his blog, The Woodland Quill. If you’re enjoying the Story Embers Podcast, take a moment to leave us a review on iTunes!

How to Use Themes to Create a Fantastic Story Outline

by Grace Livingston | April 23, 2018

In episode 4 of the Story Embers Podcast, Hope Ann breaks down how you can use themes to create a fantastic story outline. Hope Ann is the self-published author of The Legends of Light series, a personal writing coach, and the Communications Coordinator for Story Embers. You can find out more about her at AuthorHopeAnn.com. Check out our Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram by following the links provided. You can also review our submission guidelines by clicking here.

How the Book of Job Teaches Writers to Create Realistic Christian Characters

by Grace Livingston | April 16, 2018

In episode 3 of the Story Embers Podcast, Mariposa Aristeo explores how the book of Job teaches writers to create realistic Christian characters. You can find more of Mariposa’s work on her blog, The Tiny Teal Typewriter. To pre-register for the Guilds, click here.

How to Make a Character Come Alive

by Grace Livingston | April 8, 2018

In episode 2 of the Story Embers Podcast, Daeus Lamb explains the one thing you need to craft a realistic character. Daeus is currently involved as the Community Manager at Story Embers and runs his own online endeavor to help writers: Excelsior Writing School. You can pick up a free copy of his book, The Golden Ziggurat and Other Stories, here. To sign up to watch the replay of the Live Panel Discussion mentioned in this episode, simply visit the Live Panels page on our website. And be sure to subscribe to the Story Embers Podcast on iTunes.

How Explicit Should My Faith Be in My Stories?

by Grace Livingston | April 1, 2018

In episode 1 of the Story Embers Podcast, our featured article, “How Explicit Should My Faith Be In My Stories,” comes from cofounder and Editor-in-Chief, Josiah DeGraaf. Josiah can be found writing articles on the Story Embers website or short stories on his website, josiahdegraaf.com. To take the writer’s quiz mentioned in this episode, visit here. For more information about the upcoming Live Panel, click here.

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