Cranking out a page turner
Recently I heard an author claim that all genre fiction is a type of suspense. It hadn’t dawned on me until I heard that, but I think she was right. Now some of you are reading this and thinking since you have no dead body on the floor or evildoer stalking your heroine your novel does not fall into the category of suspense, but according to Webster, suspense is a state of mental uncertainty. It’s uncertainty that has your reader asking, “What’s going to happen next?” And THAT is the engine that drives a page turner. THAT is the question that keeps your reader turning pages and missing a good night’s sleep. A dead body or stalker definitely adds that element, but what if your story isn’t intended to keep your reader awake with fear? Now what?
It’s important to remember the habits of the average reader. First, they usually read at bedtime. (more…)
How to Kill Your Characters
There often comes a time in any author’s career where they must kill off a character in their book. Or, at least they contemplate such a task. The question arises, however, “Should an author kill a character?” The definitive answer is, “Maybe.” (more…)
THE LAST WHY
What to say to an atheist when they ask why you believe in God.
In recent years, atheists seem to have taken over the internet. They troll comment areas on articles and social media sites, waiting to pounce on anyone that offers a prayer or praise to an almighty power. They act as though anyone who believes in a higher being is an idiot or at the very least, naïve. They seem to believe that atheism is a new concept and that those in the past who believed just didn’t know any better.
Unfortunately, many of the believers who are attacked in these forums choose to respond by quoting scripture which is about as effective as speaking Chinese to a cow.
How can people who don’t believe in God find any proof in the Bible? Bluntly, they don’t. So, that brings about a problem for those who don’t know how to respond to the atheists’ question of why we believe.
I should start this by explaining that I hold an advanced degree in science. I have studied biology, physics, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, geology (and a host of other topics that would make the average person cringe) as both a career choice and a hobby. I actually like that stuff, and I have pondered the existence of God just like the next person. And after spinning around and around the subject for decades, I finally landed on the basis of my belief.
It’s something I call, “The Last Why.”
It works very simply like this: Start with any question and continue asking “why” until there are no more answers. (more…)