Plagiarism court case

Any writer abhors plagiarism. I hate to see quotes without proper attribution or sentences and phrases copied verbatim from another source without any effort at attribution. I'd heard about significant plagiarism by big name authors. But I didn't realize plagiarists often steal someone else's entire novel, revamp it a bit and sell it as their own … Continue reading Plagiarism court case

Fiction focus

Focusing on fiction every Friday has been my longstanding practice, but lately my fiction focus has flowed into nearly every other day. And something else has been flowing. Since mid-May, I've logged an astounding 67,000 words of fiction writing. Okay, so it's only been 66,926 words as of this moment. But the day is young. … Continue reading Fiction focus

Beginning, middle or end?

How do you start a novel? Every writer knows that each novel should include a definite beginning, middle, and end. But did you know those are also your starting options? Usually I think of a sentence that seems like the beginning of a novel and it grows from there. This sunrise method works well for exploratory … Continue reading Beginning, middle or end?

Where can we find atonement?

Storyteller Susan R. Lawrence portrays biblical and historical characters in engrossing presentations; she also writes engaging novels. She's a retired special education teacher who has published two family devotionals, contributed to three anthologies, and written many articles for various Christian publications. Today Glenda Mathes interviews her in connection with the current launch of her new novel … Continue reading Where can we find atonement?

Writers resources

Susan Olasky regularly posts Web Reads on the WORLD magazine website. Among the fascinating links she posted at the end of this terrific article about Elisabeth Elliot is The Write Life's list of 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014. I've only had time to scroll through because these days I'm focused on preparing several … Continue reading Writers resources

Through Matthew’s muddling

Five years ago, a fifth-grader named Matthew entered my life. I ignored him for too many years, but he's been taking center stage lately. This morning I finished him off. Strictly speaking, I didn't finish him off completely. I only finished the second draft of the first manuscript in his series, Matthew Muddles Through. It seems … Continue reading Through Matthew’s muddling

Resurrecting Matthew

Remember Matthew? Those of you who've been reading my novel for years may recall him. He's the protagonist of a juvenile fiction series I originally began more than five years ago. And it's been more than a year since I mentioned him. Poor Matthew's gone through some serious surgeries and lengthy hospital stays.  But he's … Continue reading Resurrecting Matthew

Creativity and Productivity

At the beginning of a new year, many people implement innovative strategies to increase productivity and meet specific goals. I usually consider ways to make better use of my time, work smarter, and get more accomplished. Like others who work creatively, I struggle with bringing projects to completion. Is it possible to be productive and … Continue reading Creativity and Productivity