The Rebel and the Princess: A True Story of Two KeePers

Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful Princess in the kingdom of Indiandia. Her parents taught her all that it meant to be a princess and prepared her to one day meet and marry a prince from a nearby land. They warned her about rebellious men who would seek to dethrone her future rule and tarnish the kingdom, and so the beautiful Princess vigilantly guarded her heart.

rebelandtheprincessOne day while on a stroll through the kingdom, the Princess happened upon a peculiar sight: a Rebel who acted like a knight. How strange! He looked just like the kind of man her parents had cautioned her about. But he was…different.

Occasionally the Princess would venture out of the palace to observe the Rebel as he tried to stir up the populace in surrounding towns. To her amazement, he did not speak against the kingdom, or in favor of rebellion. On the contrary, he strove to spur the people toward loyalty.

The Princess had to know more…

She followed the Rebel to an enclave on the edge of the kingdom where he resided. Although she wore a disguise, the Rebel suspected her true identity from the moment they met.

Unfortunately, the Rebel’s enclave was slowly being taken over by enemies of the kingdom. Together the Princess and the Rebel fought to maintain the purity of the haven, but it was a lost cause.

The Rebel was soon called elsewhere, and he left the enclave for good. The Rebel and the Princess parted ways… [Read more…]

2016 Writing Themes Released!

Hello Kingdom Pen!

February Theme Blank

The KP staff is so excited for this new year! Last week, we all got together (many of us meeting in person for the very first time!) and cooked up some pretty cool new treats that we hope to reveal to you soon!

In the meantime, here are the new writing themes for the year, which can also be found under the publishing schedule tab.

 

February:

Romance/love

 

As the month of February holds Valentines Day, we thought it appropriate to make the theme for this month romance and love.

Valentines Day today epitomizes the sad state of love and romance in our Western culture. What was supposed to be a holiday dedicated to a man who was executed for defending marriage during a time when it was banned, it has turned into a time of cheap romance and consumer “love”, or a “SAD” (Singles Awareness Day) day where we bemoan our lack of a romantic partner.

In the same way, so many stories today have taken on this same low idea of romance and love. These ideas are so casually thrown around, misused, and twisted to be used in inappropriate contexts, or to mean something less than what they should.

How can we restore these ideas in our stories to what God intended them to be? How should Christians approach these two elements in their writing? Should teen writers even be writing about romance? How can we write stories that display the immense love of God?

Send in you articles, poems, and short stories that touch on this theme. That’s right! You don’t just have to submit articles that address the monthly theme. Stories and poems are also encouraged! We can’t wait to read what you have to say!

Also, if you want to make sure your submission has enough time to be reviewed and published during the theme month, please send in your submissions one month AHEAD of schedule. So for the month of February, start sending in your submissions now. For the month of March, send in your submissions in February, and so on.

 

Thank you so much! We hope you are looking forward to 2016 as much as we are!

 

March:

Historical fiction

 

April:

Poetry

 

May:

Coming of Age

 

June:

Courage

 

July:

Freedom

 

August:

Politics

 

September:

Foreshadowing

 

October:

Death

 

November:

National Novel Writing Month

 

December:

God/Spirituality

Are You Too Young To Be Writing Romance?

Almost every adventure novel has the same few characters: a hero, a villain, a mentor, an ally, and a love.

 

There is usually some sort of romance going on in just about every popular adventure novel today; however, should teens be including a “love” character in their stories? Are you too young to be writing romance? I think there are a couple things we should consider before we blindly follow the formula.

Too Young For Romance Pinterest

Do you know what you’re talking about?

 

As Josiah explains:

 

Perhaps the simplest answer to, “should you include a love side-plot in your story,” is just to “write what you know.”  Now, I’ve written a post before about this line and why it doesn’t necessarily mean what you might first think it means (Portraying Reality In Your Story), but I think there’s an obvious kernel of truth in this saying with regards to the given issue.  Namely, if you haven’t been in a relationship before, it’s going to be really hard to do it accurately in a way that is going to be realistic enough for your readers.

 

I’m not going to say that it can’t be done—after all, one of the finest romance authors in the history of English literature, Jane Austen, was never married herself.  But it does mean that you’re going to have to do a lot of work if you’re going to attempt it without personal experience: lots of people-watching, lots of research, lots of thought and revision.  I’m not convinced that you necessarily have to be a certain age before writing a romance, but the younger you are, the less experience you’ll likely have in the area, and thus the less likely it is to be as realistic.  And so for me personally, I’ve tended to shy away from writing romances for that reason: one can only really write about that which one has experienced or understands.

 

Without experience, a good, realistic understanding is hard to achieve. 

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