Month: July 2013

Broken Face

A poem depicting our freedom and life in Christ By Carolyn Garner – Eyes of fire Mouth that hates Tongue that scorns Heart that lies – Shoves out thought That torments soul Kills the hope Of ones who mourn  – Buries love To help forget Pain it caused The ones who left  – Men meant to run Crawl in shame Conscience screams Of duty now lost – A heart twists Bruises and burns Ice like fire Melts to pain – Wracks the body Tortures the mind Kind words stab The heart that cries – Light stings Blinds the eyes...

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A Storyteller

It can often feel lonely being a writer, especially a Christian writer, but you are not alone.    By Alexander Weeks   Are you a storyteller? Can you think of anything But telling stories? Can you dream of anything But telling stories? Do you look at the world And see its beauty? Do you look at the world And see it’s endless stories? Do you feel that you are alone, That you are the only one? Is this what you think You are meant to do? Or do you know it? When you wake up to a new day Is telling stories The first thing you think of? And is it the last thing You think of before you go to bed? Do you see others in this world Who tell stories and ask yourself Are they anything like me? Odds are they aren’t, For a true Storyteller is rare. Can you look at something And turn it into something else? Something so different It is hard to recognize, Except by you? Do you wish That you can go into your stories. To live in them sometimes? To live alongside your characters, To experience your world With more than just your mind? Do you care for your stories As if they are your children To protect them To let nothing harm them To make sure no one takes them...

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Code Of Honor

We are all warriors. By Sarah Spradlin A warrior is not felled by one wound. A warrior is not swayed by offers of evil. A warrior is not given in to the pedestals of pride. A warrior is a guardian of the weak and of the hopeless. A warrior is a flint among the diamonds and kindles a fire in others’ hearts. A warrior is more than a conqueror. A warrior has chosen to lead. A warrior has chosen to fight for what he believes. A warrior has chosen to serve the poor. A warrior has revealed his true heart to the world. A warrior has shined his light into the darkness. A warrior has shared the burdens of his fellows. A warrior acknowledges that he is not perfect. A warrior can forgive – both himself and his transgressors.   Because there is always hope, whether you choose to believe in it or not is your choice.   I am a warrior of God. Psst, want to learn how to write poetry like this? If so, you may want to check out our poetic toolbox, which explains nine key poetic tropes and how to use them effectively in your writing. Click the link to the right to get access to the toolbox. Almost Finished--Check Your Email to Confirm Your Email Address! Email Claim My Free...

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War What War

 A poem reminding us that often our greatest enemy is ourselves. By Alexander Weeks – I have been gone at war. In truth I still am at war. And have been for too long. A war with myself, My mind, body, and soul. Who will win, Me or my foe? For my foe goes on unnamed. Who or what could my foe be? For that answer You must know My thoughts and secrets, But those are for me. Yet who am I? For that I must know. Or my foe undefeated it will be. But if I find my foe Will I win? It feels sometimes I have lost And other times I have won. But in the end, Has anything changed? There are times when I want to give up, to hide. And I have tried. And I have failed. I know that someone Is keeping me here, To keep fighting To keep going. That someone is unknown to me. Does this person even know That they are doing this? Who is this person And where could this person be, For I am empty, As well as lost, Lost in the darkness, And I need help, For this war to ever end. And I, as the victor Is what I have written here true? For me it is But is it true for you? Psst, want to learn...

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Breaking The Mold

Making your characters their own people.  By Eric Johnson Developing characters is one of the most important things you can do—for any story. This is perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the pre-production phase; the process is easy for some writers and challenging for others. However, I have discovered that for almost any writer, there is a tendency to develop characters that are very similar to one another. This can have a very negative effect on the characters, the story, and even the writer. If you’re like me, you may notice that your male characters tend to have brown hair and your female characters are usually blonde. Or perhaps you’ve realized that all of your protagonists are courageous and their sidekicks are more hesitant. Maybe all of your villains wear black. Then again, maybe not, but even so, according to my hypothesis, if I dug deep enough I could find a recurring theme through most of your characters. This isn’t always a bad thing, as the writer is always going to come through in the characters in some way. My point is this: too much of this and you’re going to end up with the same character twice. Going back to the hair color example, you may wonder why it even matters what the hero’s hair looks like. Well, I’ll tell you why. I got through five...

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