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Lament for Sundays

Sunday was my favorite day.

We had the liberty of sleeping in. Taking turns, rather. One of us would get up with our (almost) two-year-old daughter while the other slept for an hour, and then we would trade. We then enjoyed breakfast together as a family, got dressed and headed to church.

Once there, we greeted the familiar faces and settled into our seats. We sang songs, listened to the sermon and were filled with hope. We would occasionally squeeze each other’s hand, make eye contact and smile. We smiled because we had a secret that few knew of. A beautiful secret that was growing inside my wife. Each Sunday, we marked one more week of development, and marked one less week until we met this little miracle.

Sunday was the best day. Read the rest of this entry »

Make your readers do the weeping.

Grief and pain are universal human emotions from which none of us are immune. You’re familiar with it. So am I. We all are. How then do you authentically show the pain of your fictional characters?

For that, I’ll hand the classroom over to Orson Scott Card.

The following is an excerpt from Characters & Viewpoint – aka the Bible of character development. Read the rest of this entry »