Readers Must Care about the Characters

Every story is feelings. Period. It doesn't matter who the characters are, readers must know what they are feeling throughout the story, and as...

So you wrote a book. Now what?

  One of the biggest challenges is behind you. The book is written, the proofs are back in your hands, and you’re ready to share...

Positive Out Of Negative – Allowing Your Difficult Childhood To Feed Your Muse

I am often asked about my muse. It is assumed that since I am a writer, I must have a writing muse. That inner...

World Building: It’s in Every Novel

As a writer, when you hear the term “world building” you might think “Oh, that’s for science fiction and fantasy writers. It’s not for...

The Man Looking East

Back in the early 1980's I was still fairly young and was only vaguely knowledgeable about the changes taking place in America. In those...

On the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution

The court’s effort, ideally, is to determine if a statute is or is not withstanding to the actual Law. Secondary laws, or statutes, that...

Changes and Acceptance

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage...

Your Story Needs Grit to Capture Your Audience

Grist is a small amount of grit that made grinding wheat into flour easier back in the days when it was done by hand...

Is Government a Good Idea?

Is government a good idea? I am not being facetious. I ask the question because I am a serious Christian. There are indications in the...

The First 200 Words by John T. Biggs

Most readers approach a new novel—or piece of short fiction—the way five-year-olds add new foods to their dietary repertoire. “Just a paragraph or two. You...

Readers Must Care about the Characters

Every story is feelings. Period. It doesn't matter who the characters are, readers must know what they are feeling throughout the story, and as...

So you wrote a book. Now what?

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