Readers choose books with lots of dialogue and not so much narrative, somehow feeling that dialogue makes a difference between a dull or great book. They don’t know how dialogue defines the characters, brings them to life and creates the tone of the story. Nor do they understand how the writer purposely used dialogue to evoke an emotional response in the reader.
In the following excerpt from my third cozy cat mystery, Black Cat and the Accidental Angel, Black Cat and Angel have just sent their first kitten to her new home. They discuss how they feel about the kitten leaving.
After one of the toughest and most rewarding years in my writing journey, I registered for the 2017 West Coast Christian Writers Conference and asked the Lord to keep my heart open for ministry opportunities. Who can I encourage today, Lord? Who needs to be seen, heard, and loved? Who are You going to use to inspire me, as You reveal the next step in my writing journey?
God didn’t only use the people on stage or in front of the classrooms to speak truth and build up His scribes, although He definitely did that.
We writers tend to be solitary souls. We love hunching over our computers, pounding away at our latest and greatest WIP (Work In Progress). Normal people don’t understand the satisfaction we get from writing or typing the words THE END.
What’s an introverted writer to do?
Shower, get dressed in something other than yoga pants and last year’s women’s retreat tee shirt, and head to a writer’s conference. Why?
Where is the best place to write your masterpiece? There is the old standby Microsoft Word, and there are great programs like Scrivener. What should you use? It depends on what your needs are.
Scrivener is a software program created by writers for writers. It is very inexpensive and jam-packed with more features that any one person could ever use.
It is good for fiction authors and I think even better for non-fiction works. It helps organize not just your manuscript but every piece of research as well. It will store text, web links, photos, just about anything you need to write your masterpiece. Need a name for a character? There’s a name generator. Need some place to flesh out your characters? There is a character sketch form ready to fill in with things like age, education, occupation and more. You can also put a picture of your character on each one. Amazing!
Lord, thank You for the privilege and responsibility of writing for Your glory.
We often declare our love for reading and writing. We’re quick to rattle off a long list of books we love, projects we’d love to write, and goals we’d love to reach.
In our longing to write words that readers love, we can easily forget the gifts You’ve given us are purposed to share Your love and to express our love for You. In our efforts to be good stewards, working tirelessly to develop our craft and meet deadlines, we can sometimes allow You to be neglected, as we tuck You conveniently into the margins of our lives.
Lorraine Pintus is an international speaker, author, and writing coach known for her bold teaching on women’s issues such as sex, hormones, parenting, marriage, and intimacy with God. She has been a guest on hundreds of radio and TV programs and is the author of six best-selling books, including Jump off the Hormone Swing , Intimate Issues, and Intimacy Ignited.
Today, we’re focusing on Lorraine’s role as a writing coach who helps other writers craft their message and discover their voice.
Please help me welcome, Lorraine, as she shares encouraging insights for Inspire writers from a coach’s perspective.