Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 60: Flat Plots

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 60: Flat Plots One of the most deflating criticisms authors hear is that “they’re writing flat plots.” Not only does this (seem to) indicate a certain lack of personal depth, it’s also a sign the story is boring and forgettable. Fortunately, there’s no reason you need ever fall prey to this … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 60: Flat Plots

A Command That Will Require Your Strictest Obedience

A Command That Will Require Your Strictest Obedience Rick Renner Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. — Romans 14:19 There are so many opportunities for distrust and lack of peace in this world that we as believers must make it our aim to … More A Command That Will Require Your Strictest Obedience

5 Happiness Habits of Successful People

5 Happiness Habits of Successful Peopl Julian Hayes One minute it’s there and the next it’s gone. That was my description of happiness for years. I collected materialistic items and achieved various goals to gain happiness, but consistent happiness eluded me. If we’re not mindful, we can find ourselves overworked, overstressed and, most important, unhappy—all … More 5 Happiness Habits of Successful People

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 59: Overly Complex Plots

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 59: Overly Complex Plots Complex plots? Good. Overly complex plots? Not so good. Complex plots are the stuff of literary mastery. They can take a story beyond a single dimension into an intricate exploration of life. Dickens, Mann, Eliot, and so many more literary luminaries show us how to do … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 59: Overly Complex Plots

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 63: Purple Prose

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 63: Purple Prose Words, glorious words! Fellow logophiles, were we not initially drawn to writing because of our sesquipedal amours? We love words. We love big words, arcane words, chewy words, beautiful words. We love combinations of words that are bold, poetic, eloquent, and sometimes even showy. So it’s little … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 63: Purple Prose

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 58: Too Much Description

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 58: Too Much Description Sooner or later, most writers will get their hands slapped over description, whether it’s too much description or too little. The bad news is that this is a big deal in narrative fiction. Get the balance of your description wrong, and it could throw off your entire story. … More Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 58: Too Much Description