Live Stream: NaNoWriMo & Writing Class

A Live Chat I did on Facebook talking about NaNoWriMo – why I think it is so important and strategies for how you can win! – and the 12-Week Writing Class I am offering starting in January! Feel free to post comments and questions below!

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Getting Into Character

If you didn’t see on Facebook, I have finally come to a place where I feel satisfied with my plot summary and outline for Colors to Stars and I’m diving into the writing portion, feet first.

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My experience with The Creative Way by Ted Dekker has been emmensely impactful, even in these beginning stages, and I can tell already that it is going to make a huge difference on this project. Beware: it is going to be a departure from what I’ve written and published so far, but I’m excited to grow as a storyteller.

So far, I have only written the first scene – 1,110 words – and a possible prologue with my villain – 469 words. That’s 1,579 words total. But I can already tell the difference it is making, not only in my writing, but in me.Read More »

The Creative Way

Where do I even begin?

This month, I took a deep dive into The Creative Way, a storytelling course by my favorite author, Ted Dekker. I was so excited to finally be able to take it as it has been offered once a year for the past two years and I was never able to afford it. This year, however, thanks to my parents and Millie, I was able to sign up and get my books! I am beyond grateful to the support I recieved from my family in taking this course and it has had an invaluable impact on me already.

The big thing about this course that makes it so powerful and unique is that it is not a writing course – it is a storytelling course. It is entirely about the art of story, and not just any story, but what Ted calls transformative fiction. I have long loved his definition of what a good story is, and The Creative Way really pushed me deep into the full meaning of story.

Story is a series of events involving worthy characters who are transformed as a result of those events.

He broke this definition down and specified each part of it even more in the course, but the main focus was on the word Transformed.Read More »