RR16 – Creative Clichés

When I define creative writing to myself, I often find myself mistakenly thinking of it as writing something completely new.  Because I know that others commit the same error, I thought that I would take this opportunity to dispel the myth.  Writing something completely new does not equal “creative writing”; writing something “old” can often…

RR15 – Unconditional

Unconditional love. Every time that I hear that phrase, my mind immediately jumps to the fact that nothing that I do can separate me from the love of God.  No matter how many times I mock His name by my actions, He never stops loving me.  But until I read Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree,…

RR13 – Autobiographies: Snapshots of a Soul

History plays a very important role in my home.  In fact, one whole wall of our living room provides a cozy home for hundreds of books on the subject.  The biography section of our bulging bookcase overflows with amazing tales of people who really lived, from authors to reformers to missionaries.  Yet, accurate as these…

RR12 – Cat and Dog Theology

Rudyard Kipling’s short stories unveil the workings of a strange worldview.  While I lack the familiarity with his writing to form a full idea of his religion, I did find an interesting display of perspective in Kipling’s tale The Cat that Walked by Himself. Perhaps you have heard of Cat and Dog Theology.  Author Bob…

RR11 – Writing Speech

Have you ever read a book that just dragged horribly?  How about a novel that captivated you at first, but seemed to hit a wall a few chapters in?  Chances are they relied primarily on narration to tell their stories.  While techniques for writing appealing narrative abound, Dr. Kristi Siegel reminds writers of the importance…