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The Magic of Having More than one Dream

The Magic of Having More than one Dream

“Why don’t you audition for the Nutcracker with me?” And so it began. I was eight years old. Within days – or possibly hours – I was hooked on this bright, dusty world like a college student on vanilla lattes. By junior high I was...
How to Write Emotional Stories

How to Write Emotional Stories

That may sound a little sappy. I’m not talking kissing-in-the-rain romance here. I’m talking about the tool that can transform an “okay” piece of writing into a masterpiece. Emotion. Make your readers laugh, cry, or scream, and they’ll never forget you. That goes for...
The Illusion of Control

The Illusion of Control

In an alternate universe, I could be in a mental hospital. Okay, that’s a bit of a crushing blow. How about I back up a bit? A recent conversation got me thinking about where I’d be without my faith. My mind is a swirling pot of dialogue, characters, and scene...
Writing to our Favorite Characters

Writing to our Favorite Characters

What if you could talk to any fictional character you wanted? What would you tell them? What would you thank them for? I was given this assignment as a school project a few weeks ago. I wanted to share what I came up with and encourage you to do the same. Dear Lucy, I...
One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

“‘Child,’ said the Lion, ‘I am telling you your story, not hers. No one is told any story but their own.’” (C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy) Imagine walking through the woods on a cloudy night. The sky draws in close to you like a velvet cape, shrouding the trees in...
The Heart of Bravery

The Heart of Bravery

I’ve spent a lot of my life scared. It’s sad but true. I’m a worrier by nature, the kind of person who considers every possibility and checks the locks on the doors multiple times. I don’t want to be like that. It’s my dream to be like...