writers


Who Owns The Stories?

My friend Luke has been asking questions on his blog about the proprietary nature of personal narratives. He’s been thinking about how parents might use a story about their child to teach a broader point to their readers. A worthy question, and one I’ve been considering as I prepare to […]


Up To My Ears in Words 1

I’m awaiting the final edits in my novel, which I hope will be in your hands March 1. In the meantime, I’m mulling and stewing and brewing the two other stories I have been writing. And I’ve been reading. Why do we read? I suspect the answers are as varied […]


Assume the Critique Position 1

  My novel Seven Days in May will be available in paperback and ebook on March 1. In the meantime, it is in the hands of a delicate and gentle friend who is combing the work for mistakes and confusing text and weird timeline glitches. Thank goodness for gentle friends […]


Choking on Mana 4

When We Were on Fire, by my dear friend Addie Zierman, is available today and I could not be more excited for her, for you, for your chance to read her finely wrought words. Addie is not just a stellar storyteller. She is honest about her faith foibles and quick […]


To Be or Not To Be 2

“Jeeves shimmered in with the glass, and stuck it competently on the table.” “Jeeves filtered in with the tea. ” “He moves from point to point with as little uproar as a jellyfish.” “He trickled into my room one morning with a good old cup of tea and intimated that […]


Fraught Club 2

“I didn’t want to see you.” “They told me.” “I was afraid that I’d still love you.” “I hoped that you would.” “My fear, your wish—both granted.” Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card They—those writer types who stand at podiums and pontificate and those freshman creative writing professors—they have a refrain, […]