6 Steps to Reigniting Inspiration

Posted by: Bridgett.

What do you do when you search for a spark of inspiration, and find only cold ashes?

Photo Credit: Kawan Powers

Photo Credit: Kawan Powers

That’s exactly what happened to me this morning as I awoke with thoughts of the next blog post and chapters of novel revisions awaiting me. No sudden burst of light filled my mind. No warm flood of insight, no spontaneous combustion of ideas, just a bunch of dry, grey dust clogging my brain.

Though my fellow writers are likely nodding in empathy right now, this snuffing of inspiration doesn’t just plague wielders of the pen. Musicians, artists, business owners, marketers, parents, people of faith who’ve fallen into a spiritual rut—in short, everyone–will experience a slump in inspiration at some point.

Well then, what do we do about it?

The answers to that may be as varied as the individual flames in a fire, but let’s try to find a few of them together.  Continue reading

The Black Moment: making room for the light

Posted by: Bridgett.

What makes a great story?

What causes the most lasting growth in our lives?

One answer fits both questions.

Some stories affect our emotions so strongly they stay with us for decades.  Some life events change us so profoundly, we emerge almost as different people.

It may be surprising to realize the key to many personal triumphs, and to those characters who make us want to raise a fist in shared celebration, is steeped in fathomless darkness.

The secret to both is what we call in fiction writing “the black moment.” Continue reading

Gems of Fire

Guest post by: Drew Clapp.

Photo credit: Drew Clappp

Photo credit: Drew Clappp

What happens when light shines through a gemstone? All its hidden facets and colors are revealed.

Earlier this year, the Scribes’ friend and fellow author Drew Clapp posted this photo of a fire opal with a mini-devotional on Facebook. He has kindly offered to share those encouraging words with us here.  Continue reading

Writing Tip: To apostrophe or not to apostrophe…

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Posted by: Bridgett.

Once upon a time, a little boy received a wonderful gift. It was a wooden box with a locking lid and key. In it, he stored all his favorite things, a list of dreams for his future, and a picture of his family. He called it his box of secrets.

One day, the box went missing from its place of honor on his bedroom shelf. The boy sought help from the wise Finder of All Things, his mom. She set out to interrogate every family member or friend who had been inside the house since the box was last seen. Mom asked one crucial question that was guaranteed to get results…  Continue reading

Giveaway Winner & Content Poll Results

For the past two weeks, we’ve run a poll to discover what types of blog content our readers prefer. Participants’ names were entered into a drawing for an autographed copy of Havok magazine, featuring one of Bridgett’s flash fiction stories.

The results are in. And the winner is… Continue reading

A Writer’s Secrets to Fantasy Creature Creation: The Ehlief

Posted by: Bridgett.

Reader: Where do you get your ideas?

Bridgett: Depends on the idea.

Reader: Okay, well…You have all these weird creatures in your books and short stories. How do you come up with them?

Bridgett: Hmmm. How do I even begin to answer this question? 

Havok magazine 1.3 featuring "Vinesinger"

Havok 1.3 featuring “Vinesinger”

Last week, in celebration of the publication of my fantasy flash fiction story “Vinesinger,” I promised to let Light’s Scribe readers in on one of my secrets to creating bizarre creatures.

So, how do I answer the above reader’s question?

When in doubt, I blame the niece and nephew.  Continue reading

Fantasy Short Story Release: “Vinesinger”

Posted by: Bridgett.

Shara’s hopes of at last fitting in with her fellow Ehlief are as bright as the green and brown strands of her fanned tail, as high as the notes she can’t stop singing. Until, that is, she learns the price of discovering her true destiny…

Official logo of Havok magazine: Splickety Publishing Group

Official logo of Havok magazine:
Splickety Publishing Group

Shara’s tale, “Vinesinger,” my debut fantasy flash fiction story, releases today in Havok magazine!

What is flash fiction? What’s an Ehlief? Never heard of Havok magazine? And more importantly, where can you get a copy? Continue reading

You Be the Scribe: Poll and Giveaway

It’s giveaway time at Light’s Scribe!

A few weeks ago, we posted our plans to try out and evaluate new types of blog content, all leading to your chance to help us choose and to win a fun prize. Here’s an excerpt…

quill and inkwellYour friendly internet Scribes are on a quest to bring you the kind of content that you will find encouraging, uplifting, helpful, or just plain fun. To do that more effectively, (…) we will run a poll, asking which types of content you prefer.

Will you want us to continue posting music that inspires us? Would you benefit from a writing tip each week? Do you like encouraging or light-inspired quotes? Are the devotional-style or humorous articles we share at the beginning of the week your favorites? Or is it the “Fantasy Friday” writing- and speculative fiction-related content you prefer?

How can you join this quest? What are the choices, and more importantly, what’s the prize?  Continue reading

Afraid of the Light?

Posted by: Bridgett.

“The baby bat

Screamed out in fright,

‘Turn on the dark,

I’m afraid of the light.”

                   ― Shel Silverstein

Have you ever been afraid of the dark?

I think most of us have, at least sometime during childhood. Many kids I’ve known feel they must have a closet light, night light, or hallway light on to even have a chance of closing their eyes and falling asleep.

Understandable. After all, darkness hides or distorts the true nature of the things around us. A pair of jeans on a chair morphs into a monster. A robe on a peg suddenly resembles that sheet-clad ghost on Scooby Doo. And if it’s really dark, who knows what may be lying in wait under the bed?

But have you ever known someone who was afraid of the light?  Continue reading