Celebration of New Christian Fiction September 2005

We writers are a communal bunch. Every month, several writers get together for a writers jamboree, pontificating about some aspect of writing. This month’s subject is the craft of writing. Scroll through the entries below to feed your writerly soul.

Marcia Laycock
Writer-lee
“Why Write?”
http://writer-lee.blogspot.com/2005/09/why-write.html
Marcia explores the question “why write?” with a few favorite quotes from well-known writers.

Kathleen Popa
http://kathleenpopa.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/09/my_agent_says_i.html
“A Book Recommendation”
Kathleen Popa recommends a book that offers practical advice for tapping into the mysterious process of passionate writing.

Paula Moldenhauer
GraceReign
“Crafting and Critique Groups”
http://gracereign.blogspot.com/2005/09/crafty-crafting-and-critique-groups.html
Are Critique Groups really worth it? Do they help you learn the craft or just hammer you with criticism? Committing to a critique group takes a lot of time and effort, and a certain amount of personal courage. Paula Moldenhauer of Grace Reign shares why she thinks they are worth it.

Melanie Beroth Dobson
http://melaniedobson.blogspot.com/
“Tearing Down My Walls” (name of article)
http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=16545553&postID=112644661896325695
This post is about knocking down those formidable walls of fear that stifle one’s passion for writing.

Mary E DeMuth
RelevantBlog www.relevantblog.blogspot.com
“Where do you start when you want to be a writer?”
http://relevantblog.blogspot.com/2005/09/where-do-you-begin-when-you-want-to-be.html#comments
Many folks who want to start writing are at a loss as to where to begin. Mary provides the interior work needed before you embark on writing and improving the craft.

Linda Gillmore
“Wandering Through the Garden…”
http://lindaruthspot.blogspot.com/2005/09/wandering-through-garden-of-verbal.html
When Mary issued this month’s challenge, she didn’t know she wasleading Linda Gilmore down the garden path — to understanding howtelling the truth relates to the craft of writing.

Deborah Gyapong
“Your Passion”
http://themastersartist.blogspot.com/2005/09/follow-your-passion-whatever-happened.html Deborah talks about passion versus selflessness and the lessons she learned along the way.

Dee Stewart
Christian Fiction Blog
“On Passion”
http://christianfiction.blogspot.com/2005/09/writing-as-craft.html
Dee writes about writing using the metaphor of pottery and art.

Violet Nesdoly
Promptings: http://vnesdoly.blogspot.com/
“Poetry Readings”
http://vnesdoly.blogspot.com/2005/09/poetry-readings.html
Because poetry readings are typically poorly attended and everlastingly optimistic, do they do anything more than suggest that poetry is irrelevant and poets are a deluded and pathetic lot?

Sandra Glahn
Aspire2
“What the Bible Teaches Me about Fiction: Part I”http://aspire2.blogspot.com/2005/09/what-bible-teaches-me-about-fiction.html
Moses, Luke, whoever wrote the Book of Ruth—these are the best storytellers in the world. The way they craft their narratives has taught me most of what I know about fiction. Included are some examples.

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