Posted by: Rebecca.
It feels like ages since I’ve sat down with the intention to just write. The tornado that is sometimes called life has run amuck through our house. What do I mean by that? hmm…
Cue the Wonder Woman transformation spinning…
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?
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
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…
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
Have you declared your independence lately?
In 1776, America’s founding fathers did just that. They took a bold, scary, irrevocable step that led to total freedom from British authority.
If you live in America, can you imagine some guy from England showing up at your doorstep today, demanding you pay a fine for violating some law established by the British parliament? You’d laugh in his face.
Last weekend, our church hosted guest minister Russell Kalenberg. His message gave me an entirely new perspective on what it means to declare independence. As I listened, ideas not only for this blog post, but for my life as a writer and believer, started brewing.
So, what does it mean to declare independence? In this land of liberty I and many others are blessed to call home, from what do we still need to break free? Continue reading
It’s interesting to me when people find out you’re a writer, they get excited and the first question they ask, “What do you write?” When I answer speculative fiction, the question, and their excitement, turns inside out and shape shifts into, “You write what?” Continue reading
The quote above could have been written just for the current stage in my writer’s journey. Revision…on steroids.
Mark Twain’s words don’t just apply to writers, though.
They do brilliantly sum up the entire writing process. A great idea or profound point will never have the impact the author intends if it’s buried within a host of unnecessary or less-powerful words.
But easy? Yeah, NOT.
How is the quote relevant for non-writers? Well, have you ever caught a severe case of foot-in-mouth disease? How often have you wished you could hit the delete button on some “wrong word” you’ve texted, e-mailed, or spoken?
So, how do we recognize the “wrong” words?
Writers are often inspired to tackle tough questions of politics, philosophy, or faith. Sometimes we set out to explore such issues. Sometimes our characters blindside us with them.
Lurel, the main character of a fantasy short story I wrote earlier this year (below), did just that. All I’d set out to do was enter a contest!
Her question: Are we redeemed from the curse, or do we reap what we sow? Or is it both?
Starlight danced across the rippling river water as Lurel tugged the amulet from beneath the lace bodice of her borrowed gown. Never had she worn anything so fine, but Lord Blackthorne insisted a pauper’s homespun wouldn’t suffice for baiting a unicorn. Continue reading
Being passive in life can lead to a huge set of problems. Others may walk all over you, important decisions may never be made, your preferences get ignored, and worse.
Passive sentence structure, too, comes at a cost.
Whether you are writing a novel, memoir, how-to article, college essay, or business letter, writing instructors recommend avoiding the use of passive voice in sentence structure.
What is passive voice, and how can we avoid it? Continue reading
Do you like jigsaw puzzles?
Before I could even read, my mom instilled a deep enjoyment of them in me. I’m not sure whether it’s the mystery, the logical exercise of fitting shapes together in a way the makes sense, or just the challenge of all those pieces shouting, “where do I fit?” I just know, puzzles are fun.
Except when the pieces are scattered, the box top has gone missing, and the puzzle turns out to be your novel…or worse, your life.
Maybe you have the puzzle almost completed, know what the big picture on the box is supposed to look like. Then the pieces scatter, and you’re left with space enough for only half of them—but still have to make the picture work.
Now what? Continue reading