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the-seed-book-coverDo you enjoy allegories? The Seed – A True Myth by Erik Guzman has multiple layers to its allegory. Guzman put much time into crafting the story(ies) within this book.

In this book you will discover how deeply rooted the lies about our identity go in our lives, and how deeply loved we are by our Father as He continually draws us to Himself.
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Last week I compared goal setting with story structure. Let’s go deeper with that idea today by obliterating your fear of setting goals today and having to change course later.

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How Fiction Characters Change in the Draft

Let me illustrate with an example of me writing a book. When I sit down to write my fiction books, I have an idea of where I want the story to go. I know how the story will end, and I create an outline to get there.

Sometimes when I’m in the middle of a story, the characters do something I don’t expect. Or a situation in the story changes so much that I have to alter my outline. Continue Reading…

Writing in my journal before going into the other room to continue writing the draft of my sequel to A Couple with Common Cents is like taking two warm-up laps around the track before competing in a race. This is my writing routine: do a little journal work before hitting the big writing project for the day.

On My Writing Routine - Journal Warm-Up

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This gets my body focused on the upcoming work, my muscles practicing for the groove of writing, and my mind ready for written language as I prepare with the same skills I’ll be using for most of my morning.

Each writer has his own preference as to the time of day his output is of both highest quality and quantity. Continue Reading…

When other writers ask me where to go to generate authentic reviews for their books, I point them to Story Cartel. Story Cartel is the website where I got early reviews for my book A Couple with Common Cents when I first released it in October 2013.

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What most writers don’t know is that Story Cartel also offers a digital course for writers to get past platform confusion and grow their connections with readers and fellow writers.

The Story Cartel Course

I enrolled in the Story Cartel Course in March 2013. It was a great experience of learning (and practice).

The lessons correspond with what founder Joe Bunting calls the Six Rules of Story Cartel. These six rules, with my summaries, are: Continue Reading…

the-new-covenant-book-coverWould you like to read a first-person story from the apostle John? A story that is fiction and based on historical accuracy and biblical truth? A book that is actually three stories, a trilogy in one volume?

The New Covenant book by Bob Emery is a well-researched drama that places you right in the heart of discussion between the apostles in the first century.

Emery’s three goals for the book are:

  1. To retell this wonderful story in a new way,
  2. To draw out spiritual lessons for us today, and
  3. To frame a proper understanding of the New Covenant and how it relates to Israel of the first century and today.

These three goals present a tall order for any author. And Emery pulled it off!

The New Covenant book, as a trilogy, is in three parts:  Continue Reading…

Does God have a place that He regards as special above all others?

Is it Jerusalem? The city where Solomon built the temple?

Is it the tabernacle, the tent that moved with the Israelites before the temple was built?

Is it a “church building”?

No. God’s favorite place on earth is not one particular place on the map.

(book trailer on YouTube)

Two millennia ago, God walked on the earth in the flesh. Jesus Christ was rejected everywhere He went. Every place He walked, no one wanted Him. Except one tiny village…Bethany. Continue Reading…