Justin Ferguson, Guest Contributor “Kill your darlings.” Unless you’re new to the writing life, you’ve probably heard this phrase before. It refers to chopping out those scenes, plot points, and even characters that you just love but, if you’re honest with yourself, don’t serve the story. And that means they’ve got to go. As writers, most of us know to be on guard against this natural weakness, but how do we go about killing our darlings?
Daniel Schwabauer Writing is work. I know this sounds obvious to anyone who has written. But non-writers sometimes react to this idea with shades of disbelief. “How hard can it be? It’s just words. You should try teaching/pouring concrete/waiting tables!” But writers know.
Angie Fraser, Guest Contributor Although The One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) is designed for high school students, we also have many adult students—some college-age, but others who write in the midst of parenting and jobs outside of the home. Angie, in New Zealand, has the distinction of being both the mother of OYAN students and an OYANer herself. We asked her to tell us about what it's like writing a novel as a mom and home-educator.
Hannah Mills, Guest Contributor Hannah Mills, a veteran student of The One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN), shares her thoughts about Jeff Gerke's book, The Art and Craft of Writing Christian Fiction, with special attention to how Gerke’s insights intersect with the fiction-writing structure taught in OYAN.
Daniel Schwabauer I sometimes wonder if my work-in-progress will ever be anything more than a private playground for my characters. Of course, all of this self-analysis can go too far.