Scribes’ Quest

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Every lantern is crafted with a purpose, even the broken ones.

The lantern is not the source of the light it gives. Thus, cracks in its surface can’t prevent its shining.

Authors Bridgett Powers and Rebecca Bergren have embarked upon a quest to enlighten, encourage, and empower their fellow “lanterns,” so all may shine in the fullness of their calling.

Join the quest. Share the tale of God’s shining through you.

Eternity, God’s Kingdom, Light, and…Physics?

Re-blogged from: Reflections By Mettabel

What does physics have to do with the kingdom of God?

What happens when we stand in the presence of God’s glory?

How can God’s command “Let there be light” impact our daily lives?

MettabelBlogger, poet, physician, and author of biblical historical fiction Mettabel Okulaja explored these concepts yesterday on her blog. Here’s an excerpt:  Continue reading

When Are Words a Writer’s Enemy?

Posted by: Bridgett.


They are a writer’s tools, fuel, paintbrush, sustenance, building blocks, joy, co-conspirators…and often, worst enemy.

Have you ever known someone who starts sharing an exciting event with you, but fills the story with so many details you forget why you wanted to hear it in the first place?

wrong words quoteThe right words can make a reader laugh, cry, thrust a triumphal fist in the air, start a revolution, or sigh in bliss. Toss too many words into a story, however, and all the reader will feel is frustration. If, that is, the story even has any readers.

How do I know? Well, that tale would require too many words.

So, since I’m knee-deep in the task of removing thousands of words from the novel I’m trying to get published, I’ll let Dr. Seuss finish this blog post for me.  Continue reading

Pajama Day

Posted by: Rebecca.

Beginning in the fall, Tuesday’s are known as Pajama Day around our house. Our Mondays become booked from 6:45 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., combine that with a week before of work, school, activities, life…WHEW! By Tuesday morning, I want to be comfy at home with my kiddos. So, we stay in our jammies, I make some coffee, and we hunker down to our school work and rest.  Continue reading

Finding Your Writer’s Voice: Part 2

Posted by: Bridgett.

Welcome back for part two of “Finding Your Writer’s Voice,” the fourth installment of our series “6 Elements of a Great Novel.”

Wikipedia defines a writer’s voice as: “the individual writing style of an author, a combination of their common usage of syntaxdictionpunctuationcharacter developmentdialogue, etc., within a given body of text (or across several works).”

find your voiceReaders of this blog likely have noticed a difference between my writing voice and Rebecca’s. While I may write blog posts in the form of a story or take a straightforward, almost academic approach, Rebecca’s style is more laid-back, conversational, and often humorous. Our voices as novelists are even further varied.

In this segment, we will explore several factors which determine the voice behind any work of fiction, memoir, or narrative nonfiction.  Continue reading

Be Brave. Be Strong. Don’t Give Up!

Posted by: Rebecca.

Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one, or strength in the face of pain or grief. It’s doing something in spite of fear. Doing it afraid.

Courage and bravery seem to work together. Having someone tell you “Just be brave” or “Use your courage” isn’t enough. No one is fearless. Bravery and courage require feeling your fears, but taking steps to work through them.


I’m reminded of a story Bridgett told me, and was given her blessing to share it with you. When she was a senior in high school, she had the privilege of being chosen to be a part of the Presidential Classroom. Only the top two students in a senior high school class were eligible to take this week-long trip to Washington D.C. Exciting, right? Continue reading

Finding Your Writer’s Voice: Part 1

Posted by: Bridgett.

One of the most sought-after attributes of fiction and its writers, according to agents and editors, is a unique voice. Readers, too, look for this elusive quality in books, though many don’t realize they are doing so.

What is a writer’s voice? Perhaps more importantly, how can authors find or develop theirs?

In this 2-part installment of our series, 6 Elements of a Great Novel, based on our post by the same title, I will attempt to answer these questions.  Continue reading

Scribe’s Playlist — Be Still

Posted by Rebecca.

My heart felt heavy today as I sat to work on this post. I have friends who are struggling with life-threatening illness, job and income losses, deaths of loved ones, and the stresses of life.

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As I pray for them and share heartfelt compassion for their circumstance, I have an inner peace that the God I love and gave my life to will, without a doubt, show himself real and faithful to each one of them in just the right time. That He will answer their cry for help and my simple prayers for them.

I know He will answer, and yet I understand the feelings of fear, sadness, and inadequacy my dear friends may be experiencing. Those feelings tend to war with our faith that God is with us and never leaves us. Those fears at times utter battle cries that may rise through the peaceful moments of our prayers and pierce our hearts.

Maybe it is to those warring fears we need to say, “Be Still! My God is with me and together we WILL have victory.”

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Those words “be still” are not just a call for silent worship. It was the voice of God addressing wicked warring nations to “cease and desist”. Warning them that He would be exalted, not them. That they had no chance of winning.

As I read and studied this verse today, I was reminded of the song from Bethel Music “Be Still”.

So, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

Be Still

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Are your characters R.E.A.L.?

Posted by: Rebecca.

Last week, Bridgett blogged about 6 elements of a great novel. I thought I’d tackle one of those points in today’s post. (Whew, wish me luck!)

When you read, what makes you love or hate a character? For me, it’s how the character is developed. In the first few pages, am I drawn into their world? Can I relate to something they are going through? Better yet, am I experiencing their emotions as my own?

Sherbia & Diviak by M. Bergren

Everyone does goofy and stupid things. We all have different ideas of how things should be done, or how we should handle conflict. We each have a different flavor of ice cream we love. Some people don’t even like ice cream. (Gasp!)

So, why not give a character a R.E.A.L.© personality? Continue reading

Are You Someone’s Answer to Prayer?

Posted by: Bridgett.

What’s my purpose? Have I been called to do something great? Is there even one big thing I’m supposed to do in life that will reach beyond my own little world?

These are questions we all ask at one time or another. Still, most days, our minds are filled with far less grand concerns.

What will I make for dinner? Do I have enough in the bank to pay the bills? How will I pass this math test? Where will I find ideas for my next blog post….

The list goes on.

Have you ever stopped to think, though, that in the midst of the day-to-day rut, this hour, this moment, you could be in this place for a reason that has little or nothing to do with your concerns—the grand ones or the mundane?

What if…for that tiny space of time, you are someone else’s answer to prayer?  Continue reading

6 Elements of a Great Novel: an editor’s perspective

Posted by: Bridgett.

What makes a novel unforgettable?

Some stories are like magical portals, vacuum cleaners, or black holes…They grab onto the reader (or editor/agent) and just suck her in, trapping her within a new world, a grand adventure, or the chaotic mind of a person she’s never met. And the reader has no desire to escape.

How do they do it?

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Karen Schurrer
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At a recent meeting of MN N.I.C.E., Minnesota’s chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), I had the privilege of hearing Bethany House Publishers fiction editor Karen Schurrer speak.  Karen has edited such bestselling authors as Tamera Alexander, Kristen Heitzmann, Karen Hancock, Patrick Carr, Karen Witemeyer, Minnesota’s own Julie Klassen, and others.

During her presentation, Karen revealed the six elements she looks for in a novel. So, how does a book catch an editor’s eye? Continue reading