How to Write Grieving Characters

A Writer's Path

by Whitney Carter

Putting grief into words is futile. And trying to do so would bankrupt the vocabulary of all languages. -Mark Twain

Grief is a heavy and relatively ever-present part of life. Just as surely as we are born, we have to die too. While it’s true you and I, by virtue of sitting here, are still alive, we’ve all had to say goodbye to someone, and regardless of how deeply felt that loss might have been, grief changes who we are on a fundamental level. It makes us question our existence, how we function on a daily basis and what we really want for the short time left to us.

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On Choosing the Right Word

A Writer's Path

by Julianne Q. Johnson

I was taking part in a conversation between various writers today about word choice. Some participants were arguing the point that using fancier word choices was the way to go. They were quite fierce about it and mentioned how it was nice to build their readers’ vocabulary, and besides, Kindle and the like make it so easy to look up a new word. That’s fine. That’s their writing style.

It’s not mine.

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Paul Applies his Story

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You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Galatians 3:1-6

This is the beginning of Paul’s explanation of the story he related in chapter 2.  Notice his tone; he still isn’t happy with the Galatians.  I must admit that I feel his frustration; no, I’m not quite old…

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Paul’s Story Continues

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Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain. Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.

Galatians 2:1-5

Paul continues with his story, a story of his own Christian experience that he is sharing with the Galatians so that they will understand that those who…

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On Being a Full-Time Creative

Cristian Mihai

It’s been almost six years since I decided to become a full-time creative. To write, to self-publish, to blog, to vlog, to create all sorts of content, and work on all sorts of crazy ideas.

Six years ago I chose this because I wanted my words to change the world.

What happened along the way? How did this journey change me?

What are the struggles of being a full-time creative?

Well, let’s find out…

They don’t say pressure builds diamonds for nothing

Psychologists claim that uncertainty is the most painful thing we have to go through. How we deal with the uncertainty of life determines our success.

That being said, being a full-time creative means that you do not have a fixed income.

Sometimes you earn a lot of money, sometimes you don’t.

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