Writing Advice

Skip the Boring Parts

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I discussed this idea with a fellow writer not long ago and was surprised that not many people seemed to have thought of it. So, I’m posting it here for your consideration. I rarely write in a linear fashion. I’ll start into the book on page one, but it doesn’t take long before I start to get bored. You writers out there will know what I mean; you just don’t feel like writing a particular scene, and your mind is preoccupied with another scene that you just know is going to be awesome. Thus, I say: write whatever you are more »

Writing Advice

General Comments on Novel-Writing

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You have to realize that you’re not going to be in a writing mood every day, so don’t beat yourself up when that happens. My creativity tends to come in cycles, and I’ve met a number of other artists who say the same thing. When I’m on the writing side of the cycle, I hold myself to a certain quota a day. For me, I shoot for a 1000 words a day. If I hit that, I can go to bed satisfied, if I do any more, I feel extra good about it. You should set your quota to something more »

Philosophical Notions

On Being

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It amazes me how averse so many people are to accept the simple nature of being. In this age, nothing can simply BE. Everything must be dissected, analyzed, explained. Yet some things simply cannot be explained, as their inexplicableness is essential to what they are. When I was working on my final paper for one of my classes in college, I chose the topic of the nature of inspiration and the personification of inspiration in the form of Muses. I read many “scholarly” texts for this paper and I was amazed at how little those scholars seem to actually know more »

Philosophical Notions

Thoughts on Life, the Universe and Everything

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We are all part of an infinite universe. We are thoughts of God. Within each of us lives the spark that was kindled by God and connects us to God and is God. We are the words of God, the story that He writes. Genesis 1:26 reads, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” As we are created in the image of God, so too do we possess immense creative abilities. Like our Holy Father, we have the ability to create entire worlds. Perhaps we cannot give it physical form, but our creative power more »

Academic Work

Women in the Middle Ages

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The medieval woman is caught between two conflicting ideals. On the one hand, she is Eve, the temptress and corrupter of men; a position that sometimes disempowers her and places her as the victim of men’s power struggles, and other times gives her a dark power over her male counterparts. On the other side, she is Mary, the pure redeemer of womankind, embodying virtue, but this position is also an avenue for female disempowerment, objectifying her and making her little more than a prize to be won. The changing role of women during the Middle Ages was largely brought about more »