Month: October 2016

Three Ways to Use Death in Storytelling

Our theme for this month was death, which might seem like an odd theme to encourage young writers to focus on. Is it healthy for Christians to dwell on death? Isn’t the difference between us and the world that we don’t focus on death in the way that it does? On the contrary, death is central to the Christian faith. The cross obviously stands central in Christianity. But it isn’t just Christ’s death that is central to the Christian faith. It’s our own deaths as well. Our spiritual death in Genesis 3 sets the whole plan of salvation in...

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A Girl Named Avery

By Jess Hessler I wasn‘t too excited about visiting Gramps. After his last stroke, the doctor decided to keep him for a couple weeks to monitor the after effects. Gramps couldn‘t talk or do much. He would just lay in the white bed while the various machines groaned and hissed periodically. Mom glanced at me from the driver‘s seat. “Honey, I know you don‘t like hospitals, but Grandpa is all alone. You can at least visit him.“ I shrugged and turned on the radio. Mom sighed, and we rode the rest of the way without conversation. Grandma passed away...

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Top 5 Myths to Avoid When Writing about Grief

Character death is everywhere. A classic favorite among authors, playwrights, and script writers alike, its uses are numerous. Killing off a character can add realism, advance the plot, provide motivation for other individuals, or satisfy the audience with a well-deserved end. Although the exact circumstances of a character’s death and the immediate impact on those who witness it are heavily covered in literature, a less commonly portrayed aspect of death is the long-term effects it has on those who experience it. Mourning in literature is often seen as an obstacle to overcome. The assumption is that people in grief...

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Hold Me

By Mackenzie Long Hold me tight; don’t let me go, Savior, through my trials and woe Give me hope and give me light That I might see through this dark night. You’ve brought me through in times long past; You are the Rock to which I cling fast. You met me in my deepest pain, Calmed the storm and stopped the rain. You said, “My child, please trust my hand, Though now you may not understand This time of suffering you must face To know the depths of my rich grace. Don’t question why, just trust my will; I’ll...

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KP Book Review: Howl’s Moving Castle

“In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes. Sophie Hatter was the eldest of three sisters. She was not even the child of a poor woodcutter, which might have given her some chance of success!” This is the marvelous beginning of Diana Wynne Jones’ work, Howl’s Moving Castle. Drawing heavily on different fairy tale tropes...

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