The Make-Believe World

Let’s talk about the “fictional dream.” What makes people willing to suspend belief and enter into a make-believe world?

How is this done successfully?

I’ve been contemplating this recently as I’ve been reading the young adult novels beginning with Divergent. Veronica Roth creates a world very different from our own, one which requires the reader to accept a society and societal structure very different from the norm. But many, many readers have loved this series.

Let’s think about reader bias. When a person picks up a novel, they understand, this isn’t real. But they want to enter into the fictional world without being bothered by nagging thoughts: This couldn’t happen. Oh, yeah, right! Click here to read the rest of this interesting article.

Kelly and Nancy


There’s not a whole lot I can brag about when it comes to all things domestic diva-related. It’s not that I can’t do things like clean and cook-I just don’t generally have time to keep up in a way that wouldn’t horrify Martha Stewart.

But one thing I can be at least a little proud of: I’m not a hoarder.

Nope, I do not have a problem getting rid of things. So imagine my surprise when I came across notes the other day from a work retreat I attended two years ago. Somehow those notes stayed in my work desk for two years without making it to the recycle bin. C-r-a-z-y.

But I’m glad they did. Because scribbled atop one of the pages was a quote I’d forgotten about. The quote: “Don’t leave the last 10% unsaid.” Click here to read the rest of this interesting article.

Nancy and Kelly

Fiction and Lies

A good fiction novel needs to have a few lies in it. Namely the lead character needs to believe a lie and learn to overcome that lie. This article is a great one for novelists.


If y’all have been around me for more than ten minutes-okay five minutes, you know I’ll start talking about writing, and if I start on writing, I’ll move into motivation pronto. That’s because through mentors and classes I’ve taken, I’ve learned that’s the foundation of great characters and plotting.

The first one was Rachel Hauck, who asked, “What’s his problem?”

“He doesn’t need one. He’s not a POV character.”

“He does.”

Okay. When I found it, my protag’s goal and motivation became clearer. Click here to learn more.

Kelly and Nancy


Psalm 18:32-34  The God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

Time and Social Media

Time and social media are an interesting combination. This article discusses how to maximize both to one’s advantage.

Early in my wanting-to-pursue-publication journey, I heard a woman give a talk about maximizing your time. She said, “Nothing you do should go to waste. If I see a movie, I’ll figure out a way to use it in my writing. I’ll write something about it.”

Social media conceptHonestly, at first, I did kind of give a big eye roll. Really? Nothing could be sacred, private, and free? Couldn’t my mind ever just have a void where I didn’t have to think about marketing?

Click here to read the rest of this helpful article.

Nancy and Kelly

Happy Easter

Col 3:1-4 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

John 14:19 b Because I live, you also will live.

Fear Not

Isaiah 41:10  Fear not, for I am with you;  be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

What Is True Identity?

What is our true identity as writers? As individuals?


True identity. As a writer, when I masquerade as somebody or something else, I tend to lose my focus on reality. And with this cover-up, I sometimes unintentionally deny my true identity.

I may be tempted to hide behind a cloak of self-confidence, trying to compensate for my weaknesses and failures. Or I try to put on another mask to temporarily gain acceptance and approval. Click here to read more.

Kelly and Nancy

Writing Deadlines

Our writing friend posted this article recently. We thought you would like it too.

In the writing world, there are two kinds of deadlines: the ones imposed by others; and the ones imposed by you.

The deadlines that others set for you in your writing might include a contest entry date; a critique group submission due date; a timeframe for the submission of a proposal and first three chapters to an editor or agent following a contact at a writing conference such as the ACFW National Conference; a request for a full manuscript; the acceptance and signing of a contract; first draft approval; intermediate revisions; and final revisions prior to publication.

Each one of these deadlines is critical to the process of writing, of keeping everything flowing, and of ultimately achieving the goal, whether that be winning a contest, being a productive member of a critique group, acquiring an agent, or publication. Click here to learn more.


Romans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.