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Writing the Line

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Help, My Muse is Missing

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Three Ingredients to Writing Well

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Da Bomb

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Writing the Line by Delia Latham What makes Christian fiction Christian?

2. Christian protagonists

If I had to sum it up in one word, I'd use "relationship." The major difference in a secular romance and an inspirational one really is that simple: the emotional connection (relationship) between the hero and heroine, and between the characters and God.

A Christian romance will focus on two relationships: the one developing between the hero and heroine, and the one between those characters and Christ. The latter must be clearly defined, either from the start of the story, or by the end of it.

Aside from the stringent expectation of quality writing, certain additional standards exist in the world of Christian fiction. A writer hoping to place a manuscript in this market would do well to become familiar with those finely drawn lines and stay well within their borders.

Placing characters inside a church building on Sunday mornings, or having them say grace before a meal does not make a novel inspirational. It is acceptable to start a book with a protagonist who doesn't know or is estranged from God, but that spiritual rapport will grow and evolve throughout the storyline and must be reconciled by the last page.

I can point out the right direction. You'll have to choose the roads.

3. Dealing with sin 1. The sensuality meter I was once challenged by a reader who felt the words "Christian" and "romance" conflicted. "You cannot write about romance and call it a Christian book," he stated. "Christians don't partake in romance, at least not until after they're married. And no one wants to read about that stuff between a husband and wife. What's the point?" How sad, this inability to distinguish between sex and romance!

In real life, Christian people live with and among non-Christians. So it is in the pages of a book. Contributing characters may smoke or drink, get pregnant before marriage, have abortions, cheat, steal, lieeven murder. That's life. These characters' non-conformity to a godly lifestyle adds color to the storyline. It is crucial, however, that the main characters either stay on the straight path or find it. 4. Preaching

Romance is the wooing of another's heart and the emotions involved in that courtship. Sex is the physical consummation of a physical attraction (no relationship necessary).

Ultimate challenge: Do all of the above without turning the story into a sermon. Readers read for entertainment and escape. Any message the author wishes to deliver must be woven seamlessly into the storyline. The reader should not be aware of any spiritual lessonuntil it's already learned.

In a Christian romance, sex is off limits for the unmarried hero/heroine, and takes place behind closed doors for married ones. What's left? Relationship.

What makes Christian fiction Christian? The differences aren't many, but mighty. I like to think of it as giving my readers a touch of Heaven in an earthly tale.

That said, eliminating blatant sexual activity is not the be-all and end-all of an inspirational novel. What is important is the interweaving of the characters' spiritual journeys into their livesand that includes their romantic overtures.

That's why I write on this side of the line.

Let me try to make it easy.

Physical attraction should be a part of the story, but it will be communicated through emotions instead of hormones. He may notice the way the heroine's dress accentuates her curves, but he won't focus on those curves. He'll be drawn to her sense of humor, her generosity, her sweetness of spirit. Neither is she blind to how he looks in those hip-hugging jeans, or the way his muscles bulge when he ropes that heifer! But her emotional reactions will supersede any physical ones. She'll be moved by his gentleness with an injured animaltouched by the respectful way he handles an annoying elderly neighbormoved to tears by his love for children.

Delia Latham writes inspirational fiction. (Goldeneyes, March 2008, Vintage Romance Publishing). She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Johnny. Visit her website (http://www.delialatham.net), newsletter (http://bookshelfnewsletter.blogspot.com), or review site (http://my-book-bag.blogspot.com). Article Source: http://www.faithwriters.com

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Help, My Muse is Missing By Bob Valleau Help, My Muse Is Missing By Bob Valleau There have been a few times, in my writing career, when I could not think of what to write about or even how to approach a subject. Okay. Forget I said "a few." There have been many. What do we, as Christian writers, do when it seems like our muse is playing hide-and-seek with us? How can we smash through a wall of absolutely "nothing there" whenever it decides to erect itself? If your muse is missing, or you are facing a brick wall, try one of these practical tips to re-ignite your passion. 1. Up, up and away. I find a blank computer screen staring back at me intimidating. Instead of trying to have a "stare-down contest" with the technological beast, I get up and move around. I go to another room, take a walk, bike, hike or visit with friends. How does this help? I'm physically infused with energy and have a different attitude when I sit down at the computer again. 2. Scribble-scrabble. Carry a small notepad and pen with you. Or, in today's world, any kind of digital gadget with note-taking capabilities will do. How does this help? Whenever, and wherever, an idea pops into your head, jot (or type) it down. 3. Free-form. Take a word (or topic) and begin to freely write things about it. Let your writing flow. So what if you stray off course. That's why it's called free-form. How does this help? Usually, you can find a unique angle for a story or an article when you do this. Or, a cluster of thematic topics will appear that can aid you in your quest for an idea. These three ideas have helped me the most. But, the greatest piece of advice I can give for finding your muse or breaking through your writer's block is to pray. God still speaks to us in a still, small voice. We just need to quiet ourselves long enough to hear Him. Copyright 2010 by Bob Valleau. Bob has over 20 years of writing experience for the Christian market. He was once named Christian Writer of the Year by the American Christian Writers Association. Currently, he freelances and lives in Texas. Article Source: http://www.faithwriters.com

Article Source: http://www.faithwriters.com

Copyright 2010 by Bob Valleau. Bob has over 20 years of writing experience for the Christian market. He was once named Christian Writer of the Year by the American Christian Writers Association. Currently, he freelances and lives in Texas.

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Three Ingredients to Writing Well By Bob Valleau Over the years, I have found three ingredients that have helped me to write well. They are an integral part of my writing routine. Perhaps you can incorporate them, too. 1. Time. I do my best, and most, writing in the wee hours of the morning, when all is quiet. I know one writer who does her best writing at night while shut inside her big bedroom closet, sitting on the floor with her laptop. Try to choose a time of day, or night, when you feel you can produce your best. 2. Prayer. Before you place pen to paper or fingertip to keyboard -- pray. Pray that God shows you the direction, tone and focus of your writing endeavor. Consider your audience (who you are writing to) and your topic (what you are writing about). 3. Solitude. I treasure silence. I need to be alone, and left alone, when I write. It helps me to concentrate on my train of thought and feelings. When you apply this ingredient, eliminate any distractions that would interfere with your ability to think. If you've been struggling to write better, pick a time when you can quiet yourself and seek God's help. After following this routine, you'll notice your writing will gradually improve, and you'll reap the benefits of writing something worthwhile. Copyright 2010 by Bob Valleau. Bob has over 20 years of writing experience for the Christian market. He was once named Christian Writer of the Year by the American Christian Writers Association. Currently, he freelances and lives in Texas. Article Source: http://www.faithwriters.com

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Da Bomb by Shundra L. Moore Da Bomb by Shundra L. Moore Editor and chief of Ruby Magazine Š copyright 2010, Date Feb. 14 Time: 1:30 It was cold outside as usual but there was one problem, I needed a hit. I need to get to Sherwood you know like Sherwood Forest but not the good one. Steal from the Poor and Give to the Rich. Me: Man I need a hit so bad. Can you hit me up for a dime bag. I'm sick. Sherwood Drug Dealer: You know you ain't got no credit with me. You already owe me you know. Tell you what I'll give you one free if you do this drop for me. Its right up the street just knock on the door 5506 West German and hand them this bag and wait for my money. Bring all of it back. You should know I won't be happy if you don't.

Me: So what do I do. my hands are at steak! Not to mention the rest of me. Thomason: Try to put it down and we can both run on two. Hopefully it will have a delay, That is before it goes off. Moral of the story: If it isn't yours don't pick it up. If it is yours pick up on it. The End http://www.ruby-magazine.com See Ya Next Week.

Me: Sure I'll do it, you already know you got me how do they say it between a rock and a hard place. I'll do almost anything. Whats' in here this bag is heavy. Sherwood Drug Dealer: You don't wanna know. Trust me. Me: Thomason was looking at me. I could feel his eyes on my back. It was creepy but still reassuring. I was out of the door before Sherwood could stop me. Thomson and I really were gonna have an eventful day. I met Thomson on the back alley at the end of Banner Street and 5th. Thomason: So how much did he give you. Me: I haven't looked yet. OK, lets see. We opened the cloth bag and froze. It must have been motion activated. Cause you heard the ticking only after you opened it. It was a bomb. So now what?! Bomb squad is not on stand by. Thomason: I know that!

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Article Submissions If you would like to be considered for publication in Ruby Magazine send your own works of Christian Poetry and Christian Short Fiction to shundra.moore@gmail.com Christian themes and wording do not have to be in your completed work. But please understand this: - By sending your submissions to Ruby Magazine you agree that you personally have a belief in the Nicene Creed or the Apostles Creed. - There is no guarantee that any submissions will be published in Ruby Magazine. - There is no fee for submissions. - You still own the copyright to your own work. - The Magazine will be ad and donor supported Side Note: There will be additional submission categories of Tech Ministry and Internet Missionary to be added in the near future. But changing the subject back to prayer. Its really easy to just recite creeds and prayers but the next time you think about God or say a prayers out loud. Take the time to meditate on it before you pray it in a corporate setting. It will be worth it. Your emotions will follow your mindset and worship God. It doesn't matter if its read from a hardcopy. (hardcopy = a prayer written down on paper.) Apostles' Creed I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell The third day he rose again from the dead He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead I believe in the Holy Ghost I believe a holy catholic church; the communion of saints The forgiveness of sins The resurrection of the body And the life everlasting. Amen. Don't forget to contribute to my friends at ccel.org

The Nicene Creed I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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