- How to discover and dissect what great writing looks like and how to mimic those techniques to elevate your own writing
- How to slowly build a scene that pulls readers in and makes them feel like part of the story
- How to fuel your fiction to become a compelling, emotional and life-changing story
- How to write so your readers can effortlessly flow from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph
- How to make every word work for you, not against you, by tightening your writing
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The Recipe for Great Writing
All writers want to give their readers something to remember, whether it’s a story that uplifts, a truth that transforms, or a message that heals. Denise Hughes will discuss six secret ingredients inherent in all great writing that will help improve your storytelling ability, strengthen your first draft, shape your own writing style and develop necessary writing skills.
Creating Characters and Crafting Fiction with Karen Kingsbury
Karen Kingsbury is a #1 New York Times’ best-selling novelist with more than 25 million copies of her award-winning books in print. As a mom of six, she’s no stranger to balancing her work as a writer with her responsibilities as a wife and mother. In this conversation with Karen, she encourages you to guard your writing time, find inspiration, get to know your characters and outline your novel so your writing comes to life. Karen also walks you through her writing routine, how she got started as a writer, the people who helped her along the way and her process from blank page to published book.
A Fiction Editor's Guide to Writing
COMPEL Director Tracie Miles and Bethany House Publishers Fiction Acquisition Editor, Raela Schoenherr, chat about what’s happening in the world of fiction writing. Raela discusses what kind of Christian fiction books are most successful and how to grab the attention of an editor with your book proposals. She also gives you her top storytelling tips to keep your writing moving, your characters realistic and to develop your writer’s voice.
Finding a Theme for Your Novel
In this lesson, author Susan May Warren will show you how to reach inside yourself to find the powerful themes, story questions and journeys for your novel. Then, using an organic technique, you’ll learn how to pull out that story and use the pieces to craft a compelling, emotional, life-changing story
Tips for Tighter Writing
Excessive wordiness, filler phrases and weak words can prevent your message from being as impactful as it could be. Remove the clutter and confusion for your reader by making a few, simple tweaks to tighten your writing. In this lesson with Glynnis Whitwer, we’ll offer suggestions on how to make every word work for you, not against you.
Show, Don’t Tell
Was the man very tall? Or did he have to duck to enter the room? The difference in these two sentences is “telling” the facts or “showing” them. In this lesson, author Glynnis Whitwer gives you tips on how to add description to your writing by transforming the details of an ordinary sentence into words that create vivid images in the mind of your reader.
Keep Your Writing Moving
Have you ever picked up a book that seems to flow gracefully from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph? This type of writing is an effortless joy to read. Compare that to cumbersome writing that feels like you are slogging through mud. If you have to back up and reread sentences over and over, you’re more likely to set the book down permanently. What makes the difference? In this lesson, author Glynnis Whitwer takes a look at a few techniques that will keep your writing moving and your readers reading.