1. Years ago, I read a book that was supposed to be Sci-Fi/suspense. Instead, the characters came off as unrealistic and melodramatic, giving them a cartoonish appearance. Zoe M. McCarthy deals with the subject of melodrama.
2. Dave King, at Writer Unboxed, talks about giving your characters roots. This resonated with me since I'm a transplant from
New York City to Pennsylvania. Check out
this fascinating way to give your story some punch.
3. This news item made me want to wail and mourn. Christian Headlines reports on NY city's plans to go forward building the arch of Baal. In the Old Testament, the nation of
Israel brought the judgment of God
down on their heads by worshipping the Baals.
4. Alisa Hope Wagner, at Faith Imagined, does a verse meditation on 2 Timothy 2:8-9. Though the writer was in chains, the Word of God is never chained.
5. There's a chill in the air, and baking cookies is on my mind. I saw this recipe for Almond Joy Cookies on Facebook. There's only four ingredients. Here's the original link to the recipe.
Writers: What are some ways you can inject conflict/interest in your story by focusing on regional differences? Are there some instances in your own life that might prove useful? Please share.
Readers: Do you enjoy reading books with an outsider coming into an area and causing conflict/misunderstanding? Please share an example.
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