Category Archives: Writing

The PhD Dissertation as a Testament to Human Ingenuity and Ignorance

The process pounds into you the reality that you don’t have all the answers. But you do have some answers, and thankfully, having some is a good and noble thing.

Also posted in Education, Reading, Seminary | | 13 Comments

Taking a Break and Asking for Prayer

In the month of July, I will be setting aside the blog as I devote my attention to making significant progress on my dissertation.

Also posted in Blog Sabbatical, Education | | 15 Comments

Pikes Peak and My Comprehensive Exams

In just a few hours, I’ll be in a room with a couple pieces of scrap paper and a computer. It’ll be me, my brain, and my Bible.

Also posted in Education, Personal, Seminary | | 5 Comments

Writers, Passive Verbs Are Not Always Bad

We now know that telling writers to avoid the passive is bad advice. The passive construction has a number of indispensable functions because of the way it engages a reader’s attention and memory.

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The 4 Stages of Writing and the 3 Mistakes We Make

The four stages of writing and the three mistakes we often make.


Communicating Clearly and Creatively

Stephen Altrogge and I discuss writing techniques, communication skills, favorite authors, and the best books on writing.

Also posted in Interviews | | 3 Comments

4 Books for Would-Be Writers

There are dozens of practical books to help you improve your writing skills. I recommend these four. Over the years, I’ve found I keep going back to them for assistance.


Why Writing Fiction Was Harder Than I Thought

I thought I’d knock out the project in the amount of time it took to write my other books. Little did I know, I was in for a rude awakening.


Fiction-Writing Basics #1: Determine the Point of View

There are various ways of determining the point of view for a scene, but they can be summed up in three basic approaches.

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Why I Am Writing a Fiction Book

The story behind my next book.

Also posted in Clear Winter Nights, Personal | | 23 Comments