Creating Your Character’s Inner Conflict: Want vs. Need

Creating Your Character’s Inner Conflict: Want vs. Need   Man vs. Self—it’s the most archetypal of all stories. This is because all stories are ultimately rooted in the primal and personal struggle of a character’s inner conflict. As individuals, our conflicts with others or the world itself are almost inevitably either reflections or projections of … More Creating Your Character’s Inner Conflict: Want vs. Need

Riches Are Not Always Measured in Dollars and Cents

Riches Are Not Always Measured in Dollars and Cents Rick Renner I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich)… — Revelation 2:9 When the renowned theologian St. Thomas Aquinas visited the Vatican in the Thirteenth Century AD, Pope Innocent IV invited him to view the breathtaking treasures that had been amassed … More Riches Are Not Always Measured in Dollars and Cents

7 Tips to Stay Calm When Something Unexpected Happens

7 Tips to Stay Calm When Something Unexpected Happens How do you stay calm when something unexpected happens?  I remind myself that everything happens for a reason, then set aside some time to reflect (and sometimes take a day or two off and cry if I have to). Then, I get back at it. Everything … More 7 Tips to Stay Calm When Something Unexpected Happens

Are You Struggling to Be Creative? This Might Be Why

Are You Struggling to Be Creative? This Might Be Why I talk to my wonderful mother on the phone every night. We talk about everything from health to books to psychology to faith to whatever might be making us grumpy at the moment. This week while discussing health and diet, she shared something she’d read … More Are You Struggling to Be Creative? This Might Be Why

Critique: 10 Ways to Write Excellent Dialogue

  Critique: 10 Ways to Write Excellent Dialogue For many people, dialogue is the heartbeat of fiction. As arguably the only true form of “showing” in written fiction, it offers an inexhaustible source of energy for dramatizing characters, catalyzing conflict, and enhancing every available opportunity for entertainment. That’s why it’s so important to take full … More Critique: 10 Ways to Write Excellent Dialogue