Tuesday, June 28, 2005

writing in my head

I've been immersed in job training lately. Learning new skills, interacting with new people. It's been hard to find the time to get to my keyboard, but I find that doesn't stop my mind from following its well worn paths toward creating fictional scenes and characters. I started playing "what-if" about one of my colleagues the other day and had to give my head a shake to bring myself back to reality. I've already used one incident to write my column and I'm sure there will be many more in that workplace. It's a going concern and leaves lots of room for fodder for my writer's mill.
Someone once told me that our activities actually make paths in our brains that become like ruts. They will always follow the same route and are very hard to veer away from. I wondered about that as I watched my daughter writing the other day. Yes, she's taking after me - has already filled several scrap books. I wondered how she got started doing it. Was it genetics? Was it the desire to be like me? Or is there a well worn path in her brain along which story-telling thoughts just naturally go?
Maybe that's where they get the word pathological? Oh dear!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Fiction Celebration

Hello and Welcome to the June 2005 edition of the Celebration of Christian Fiction.
We were asked to write to the quote by E.B.White – “Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.” But some have posted other thoughts as well.
Here are the URLs for this month’s posts: Enjoy!

Scales and Hanons for Writers http://vnesdoly.blogspot.com/2005/05/scales-and-hanons-for-writers.html
Author Violet Nesdoly writes - A great operatic voice doesn't just 'happen.' Neither does great writing.

Blog: promptings
Blog URL: http://vnesdoly.blogspot.com/

Paula Moldenhauer writes in Writing as an Act of Faith - Writing for the public often makes me feel totally inadequate. Here are a few examples.
My post is about trend-setting in the CBA and how trends are pretty happenstance. The true grit of a writer comes in their connectedness to God, not their ear to the trend-setting ground.

Mary DeMuth writes at http://www.relevantblog.blogspot.com/ - My post is about trend-setting in the CBA and how trends are pretty happenstance. The true grit of a writer comes in their connectedness to God, not their ear to the trend-setting ground.
Read her post - Blue Like Copying
URL: http://relevantblog.blogspot.com/2005/06/blue-like-copying.html#comments

Over at his blog "Learning Curve," Chris Well shares the first half of a two part Q&A with editor, critic, speaker and writer Davidae "Dee" Stewart about Third Thursdays, held during the summer months in Atlanta. As described by Dee, house readings are "gathering places for slam poets, spoken word artists, creative non-fiction essayists, flash fiction writers, novelists, and playwrights to gather and share their work with their community, eat, drink and network. And to hear an occasional psalmist / musician / singer / holy hip hopper in the house."

follow the link to Chris’s post -http://www.ccmmagazine.com/weblogs/well/default.aspx?adate=06/01/2005#1333156

And Dee herself has a post on her blog, christianfiction, in which she gives us something to do before we work on our WIP.Post: Is Father There?Link: http://christianfiction.blogspot.com/2005/06/is-father-there.html

Writing is an act of faith, but sending it out into the world requires even more faith for Linda Gilmore. But she's learning to take that step.
Read her thoughts at blogspot -

Are you a tad obsessed with getting published?
Mick Silva (http://www.yourwritersgroup.com/) recommends Dave Long's comments on
"The Will to Publish." (http://faithinfiction.blogspot.com/2005/06/will-to-publish.html)
“Dave speaks for many frustrated industry professionals in this post, so just in case anyone missed it, if you're serious about challenging these assumptions in yourself, it will save you a lot of time and hassle when it comes time to submit your writing for publication.”

Jeanne Damoff writes - I'm not exactly sure what E.B. White meant by, "Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar." I like to think of faith and imagination as sisters. Imagination ignites faith and gives it form. Sometimes that form is words.
Click the link to read more of “Anniversary Gifts”

Writing your passion is an act of faith that isn't always comfortable or easy.
So says Pat Loomis. Read “Writing from a Place of Faith” at Deep POV: Confessions of a Christian Writer

Kathleen Popa writes – “The world is changed by people with faith enough to find their own message, to struggle with the angels in their souls.” She also completed the quote by E.B. White and it’s worth checking out. http://kathleenpopa.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/06/what_i_really_t.html