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Guest Post on Spirituality and Writing at Scott Roche’s Blog

July 25, 2013

Author, editor, and podcaster Scott Roche is running a series of guest posts on his blog. He has asked writers to reflect on how their faith and/or spirituality are expressed in their fiction. I am honored to be one of the writers that he is hosting for this series.

Today, my contribution went live.  I wrote about the idea of giving glory to God through creative acts and how I have applied that to my writing. While I recognize that not all of my readers are religious, and not all who are religious practice the same religion that I do, I hope that you may find something interesting about what creativity and faith mean to me.

You can read the post here.

Also take a look at the first guest post in the series, by Juli Caldwell, who writes about how being a Mormon affects her fiction.

If you have any comments, please submit them on Scott’s blog. I’ll be keeping an eye on the comments and responding there rather than here. While you’re at it, check out the rest of his blog and his other creative works. Scott has written various short stories and novels in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, and he has been involved in a number of podcasts. He is also a contributing editor for Flying Island Press. You can find out more about him and his projects on his website (and I highly recommend you do).

I’m sorry that it has been so long since I posted anything here, and even longer since I posted anything of substance. I hope you enjoy my guest post in the meantime, and I’m going to try and use the momentum of writing that to help me post here a little more. See you soon!

Friday Freewrite #52 – Littered

April 12, 2013

Freewriting is an exercise in timed, stream of consciousness writing. It’s a fun and useful activity for writers of all types. Every week, I’ll provide a prompt as a springboard for freewriting. For more information on what freewriting is all about and how to do it, see this post.

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Today’s prompt is a first line:

“The path ahead was littered with…”

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I hope this prompt has stirred some interesting thoughts and ideas for you! Freewriting is inherently messy and sometimes deeply personal, but if you feel comfortable sharing your results, please post as little or as much as you’d like in the comments.

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Friday Freewrite #51 – The Back of Your Hand

February 22, 2013

Freewriting is an exercise in timed, stream of consciousness writing. It’s a fun and useful activity for writers of all types. Every week, I’ll provide a prompt as a springboard for freewriting. For more information on what freewriting is all about and how to do it, see this post.

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Today’s prompt is a question:

What do you know better than the back of your hand?

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I hope this prompt has stirred some interesting thoughts and ideas for you! Freewriting is inherently messy and sometimes deeply personal, but if you feel comfortable sharing your results, please post as little or as much as you’d like in the comments.

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Friday Freewrite #50 – Book

February 15, 2013

Freewriting is an exercise in timed, stream of consciousness writing. It’s a fun and useful activity for writers of all types. Every week, I’ll provide a prompt as a springboard for freewriting. For more information on what freewriting is all about and how to do it, see this post.

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Today’s prompt is a first line:

“Inside the front cover of the book, someone had written…”

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I hope this prompt has stirred some interesting thoughts and ideas for you! Freewriting is inherently messy and sometimes deeply personal, but if you feel comfortable sharing your results, please post as little or as much as you’d like in the comments.

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Friday Freewrite #49 – Completed

December 28, 2012

Freewriting is an exercise in timed, stream of consciousness writing. It’s a fun and useful activity for writers of all types. Every week, I’ll provide a prompt as a springboard for freewriting. For more information on what freewriting is all about and how to do it, see this post.

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Today’s prompt is a question:

What one project do you hope to have completed by the end of 2013?

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I hope this prompt has stirred some interesting thoughts and ideas for you! Freewriting is inherently messy and sometimes deeply personal, but if you feel comfortable sharing your results, please post as little or as much as you’d like in the comments.

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NaNo Dares 2012 Week 5 – Winning

November 30, 2012

National Novel Writing Month is a time to take risks, so every year in the forums, one can find threads where participants share and accept dares. Dares can be a fun way to spice up your novel or kick-start a scene when you get stuck. Sometimes they’re serious, and sometimes they’re silly, but they nearly always take you somewhere unexpected in your story. This month, in lieu of Friday Freewrites, I’ll be posting a dare each week for your NaNoWriMo novels (or any other fiction writing that you do this month).

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Your dare, should you choose to accept it, is this:

Reach the 50,000 word goal by midnight and win NaNoWriMo!

  • Bonus points if you start out at least one day behind on your wordcount.
  • Double bonus points if you start the day at more than 2,500 words behind.
  • Triple bonus points if you start the day at more than 5,000 words behind.
  • Quadruple bonus brownie points with sprinkles if you start the day at more than 10,000 words behind.

Congratulations to all!

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Let me know in the comments if you choose to accept all or part of this dare. And if you have your own dare for others, please share!

NaNo Dares 2012 Week 3 – Chocolate

November 16, 2012

National Novel Writing Month is a time to take risks, so every year in the forums, one can find threads where participants share and accept dares. Dares can be a fun way to spice up your novel or kick-start a scene when you get stuck. Sometimes they’re serious, and sometimes they’re silly, but they nearly always take you somewhere unexpected in your story. This month, in lieu of Friday Freewrites, I’ll be posting a dare each week for your NaNoWriMo novels (or any other fiction writing that you do this month).

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Your dare, should you choose to accept it, is this:

Write a scene that centers around chocolate.

  • Bonus points if both liquid and solid forms of chocolate are involved.
  • Double bonus points if your main character has never tasted chocolate before.
  • Triple bonus points if it includes a debate about the relative merits of milk and dark chocolate.
  • Quadruple bonus brownie points with (chocolate) sprinkles if dark chocolate wins–I might be slightly biased here!

This dare was inspired by this evening’s write-in at Bittersweet Cafe in downtown Oakland, CA, home of the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted.

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Let me know in the comments if you choose to accept all or part of this dare. And if you have your own dare for others, please share!

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