Writing Dialogue That Doesn’t Force Readers To Read It Twice

I’ve been told many times over that my dialogue is one of my standout strengths. I’ve learned a lot over the years. I’d like to help new authors avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made along the way. For my fellow writers, this short video explains why using qualifying dialogue tags after our dialogue (such … More Writing Dialogue That Doesn’t Force Readers To Read It Twice

Editing with a Chainsaw: The Synopsis Method

One of the most painful but potentially effective methods of cutting dead wood out of your unpublished novel is the Synopsis Method. I’ve mentioned this editing method in the past, but I don’t think I’ve really spelled out what it means. Basically, you write a chapter-by-chapter synopsis to see whether you’re using your plot efficiently. … More Editing with a Chainsaw: The Synopsis Method

Mythopoiea: Writing Truth Through Fiction – Part 1

In my last post on writing Christian fiction, I asked whether or not we had abandoned the biblical basis for writing fiction in the modern-day philosophy of not preaching in Christian fiction. It is true that there exists a spectrum of approaches to writing Christian fiction, but simply noting what exists does not answer the … More Mythopoiea: Writing Truth Through Fiction – Part 1

Future World: Finding a Time for Øtherworld

[Reposted from Øtherworld] It goes without saying that when you’re writing novels set in the far future, you have to consider how technology and society have changed. The further forward you go, the more drastic those changes will be. Recently, a reader asked me how far in the future my Øtherworld series takes place… [Read … More Future World: Finding a Time for Øtherworld

Has Christian Fiction Abandoned Its Biblical Foundation?

I was engaged in a Facebook discussion the other day and someone asked me how I could justify writing fiction as a Christian. I mentioned that God is the Creator and we’re made in His image, so creative expression is part of that. I also mentioned how craftsmen and artisans were employed in the building … More Has Christian Fiction Abandoned Its Biblical Foundation?

Lorehaven and Why Geek Matters

Yes, my action figures are cherry E. Stephen Burnett, editor of the forthcoming Lorehaven magazine, has written a post over at SpeculativeFaith.com called “Should Christian Fans Call Ourselves ‘Geeks’?” Lorehaven is a joint venture of SpeculativeFaith.com and Splickety, announced at the most recent Realm Makers confetence. Basically, it’s a free magazine for speculative fiction fans … More Lorehaven and Why Geek Matters

Writing Progress: Extraterrestrials and Ufology

Most of you know that I’ve been busy writing a book called Strangers & Aliens, which will explore the question of extraterrestrial life from the perspective of a Christian science fiction author. It’s been great fun, but also a lot of work. It’s hard to put into words just how fascinating the subject can be! … More Writing Progress: Extraterrestrials and Ufology

Worldbuilders: An Interview with John J. Zelenski

Welcome to Worldbuilders, a series of guest posts and interviews by my fellow authors of Christian speculative fiction. Today’s interview is with John J. Zelenski, author of The Journal of Ezekiel Walker and Walker’s Vale. Next week, we will chat with Keith Robinson, author of the Origins Trilogy and the Tartarus Chronicles. Now let’s talk … More Worldbuilders: An Interview with John J. Zelenski