Posted in Author Interview, Blogging, Writing, Writing Wednesday

How to Write Christian Suspense-Guest Post by Angela Watts

Hello everyone!

Today as part of her blog tour for her new book Seek, Angela has kindly written a guest post on writing Christian Suspense.

HOW TO WRITE CHRISTIAN SUSPENSE

Christian suspense is an entertaining genre and is full of variety. There are many articles on how to write good suspense fiction and how to give your reader a wild ride (and I recommend looking such posts up on Google!). As Christians, we should thrive to portray the Lord in our fiction, too. This might seem hard to do when suspense fiction often deals with rough content and serious themes.

I firmly believe that a novel can be a real nail-biter, while still showing God’s power and mercy. If anything, having God in your story will strengthen the novel’s themes. Here are a few tips I have on how to do that!

PRAY ABOUT IT

Don’t ever forget this step! We cannot write fiction that glorifies God—no matter what genre—without prayer. Ask the Lord what you should write and ask Him to give you strength and wisdom while you write. If you are struggling with a theme, pray about it.

PLOT IT

Suspense fiction is tricky. You’re more than likely juggling a plot and more than one subplot. In the beginning of a suspense, whatever is a stake must be shown. As you plot the story and develop the character’s motivations, this is when you decide on the story’s themes. This is when you discover what the character’s will go through and how they will grow in Jesus as the story goes on. Whether your character is a Christian from the start of the book or finds Jesus at the end, you still should have and understanding of the spiritual journey that will take place in the novel. Write down your Scripture verses for the story and characters. Brainstorm Biblical themes and morals and how they will play into the story. This is the crucial time where you develop how your suspense novel will glorify God!

BE BOLD ABOUT IT

You don’t know if someone besides a Christian will pick up our book. If someone who isn’t a believer picks your novel up, will they get a entertaining book with only brief Scripture verses about God? Just because we label our books Christian doesn’t mean they will have strong messages. I firmly believe if something is marked as Christian, it should be Christ-centered. God shouldn’t just be mentioned once!

When writing Christian suspense, I believe we should be bold about it. We don’t have to shy away from rough topics, instead, let’s show how God can still be found through dark times. Let’s show how God can give real peace even when life is tumbling to ruins. I know some Christians believe strongly in being subtle when it comes to portraying God in stories, but I believe we should ask God what He wants from us. If He calls us to be bold in our writing, be bold! If He wants us to be more subtle, go for it! But never let fear stop you from writing what God calls you to write.

~~~

There we have it! A few of my tips on portraying Christian messages in your suspense stories! If you would like some recommendations on Christian suspense, I personally love Dee Henderson, Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, etc.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter, too!

God bless,

Angela R. Watts

Thank you so much Angela for these amazing tips!

If you want to learn more about Angela and her book, just keep reading!

Angel Cutler’s routine life is overturned when local ganglord Viktor Marino tries to kidnap her. When she finds out her adopted sister is back in town and working with Viktor, Angel has to run away with the protection of two total strangers. Can Angel have faith in God to protect her family when she can’t?

Elijah Davis has seen Viktor bleed once, and to save his family, he’ll make it happen again. But who is the One Eli can turn to when he realizes he can’t protect his loved ones alone?

Hiding from gangsters and gunfire, the trio struggle to seek God above all else and trust that His plan is greater than their own. Or Viktor Marino’s.

Angela R. Watts is a Christian fiction author who strives to glorify the Lord in all she does. She’s a homeschooled highschooler living at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, though with Gypsy and Norwegian in her blood, she tends to travel. She’s been writing stories since she was little, but also enjoys chores, painting, and watching sunsets.

Blog | The Peculiar Messenger

Website | Reveries Co.

Facebook | AngelaRWattsauthor

Twitter | PeculiarAngela

Instagram |angiewatts

Do you want to get into the blog tou even more? Why not enter the giveaway?

1st Place: A signed paperback of Seek and a mug with a Scripture verse on it!

2nd Place: An ebook copy of Seek!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/67236cd73/?

If you want to follow more of the blog tour, just have a look at the blog schedule to keep up to date😊

Saturday, December 1st

Book Spotlight | Gracelyn Buckner, Literatura

Guest Post | Abigail Harder, Books, Life, And Christ

Book Review | Loretta, Just Writing

Sunday, December 2nd

Book Review + Author Interview | Molly Anne, Qadash – Set Apart, For Him

Author Interview | Shine, HauntingGhostTown

Monday, December 3rd

Guest Post + Book Spotlight | Liz, Home With The Hummingbirds

Book Spotlight + Author Interview | Michaela Bush, Tangled Up In Writing

Tuesday, December 4th

Book Spotlight | Faith Potts, Stories By Firefly

Guest Post | Grace Maples, Proclaiming His Excellencies

Wednesday, December 5th

Book Review | Kellyn Roth, Reveries

Book Spotlight + Guest Post | John-Clement Gallo, JC’s ShadowBlog

Guest Post | Medomfo, Writings From A God Girl

Thursday, December 6th

Book Review + Author Interview | A. Kaylee Harrison, Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Book Review + Guest Post | Parker Hankins, Pencils And Pianos

Guest Post | Sara, R535

Friday, December 7th

Book Review | Hannah Gridley, Heart Of The Rose

Book Review | Chloe, Purely By Faith

Advertisements
Posted in Blogging, Dreams, Writing, Writing Wednesday

Writers Boosts: Cheerleader Sessions

Hello everyone!

Today, I wanted to introduce you to an amazing writers mentorship program called Cheerleader Sessions.

Cheerleader Sessions is run by Livy Lynn Jarmusch and Isabella Morganthal. They provide an hour’s Skype session , or a series of email correspondences, where you talk about your current writing/blogging journey in different areas, e.g. platform, novel writing, publishing etc.

They then discuss ways on how you can improve even more, and create a special PDF called The Game Plan, which is written differently for each individual depending on what they’ve discussed. The Game Plan gives you a step my step plan for each area on what to do.

What is brilliant about Cheerleaders Sessions is that you can book as many times as you want

I’ve known Livy and Bella for over a year now, and I can definitely say that I’ve been more motivated to write knowing that they have my back, whether it’s on Skype or simply just sending a random Insta DM.

So check them out here and I hope you will love these two ladies as much as I do 💖💖💖

And definitely check them out on Instagram @cheerleadersessions for daily doses of inspiration- they’re currently going a series called 12 Days of Marketing, which is mainly geared towards writers, but I think any businessperson or creative will benefit from their tips😊

Posted in Book Reviews, Writing

Why did you Choose me? Book review

Hello everyone!

Today, in honour of National Adoption Month, I’ll be reviewing a children’s book that’s all about Adoption.

About the book

Most adoptive and foster children struggle at some point in their life with knowing who they are and where they belong. They want to ask questions, and parents need to be prepared with an answer that helps their child feel loved and secure.
After searching for adoption storybooks to read to her own adopted children, Katie Cruice Smith decided that there was a need for more books that parents could read at bedtime to connect with their adopted and fostered children.
In Why Did You Choose Me?, Katie Cruice Smith answers that question in a way that young children can understand. Drawing from her own experience as an adoptive mom to three children, Katie uses the questions her own children have asked to help them see there never really was a choice—she knew right away that they were hers.
With beautiful illustrations by artist Sarah Strickling Jones, Why Did You Choose Me? lovingly demonstrates the uniqueness that each child brings to a family.

My thoughts

I loved the pictures in this book and the poetry was so cute.

I definitely feel that this book is perfect to teach children about the reasons behind adoption.

Where to get this book:

You can buy the kindle version here

How about you?

How are you celebrating National Adoption Month?

Posted in Author Spotlight, Blogging, Dreams, Research, Writing, Writing Wednesday

Writers Boosts: Abbiee Emmons

Hello everyone!

This month and during December, I’ll be picking some of my favourite creators , writers and resources that I think others can benefit from.

So without further ado, I present to you Abbiee Emmons!

If you enjoy writing tips, productivity, music , dream chasing and vlogs, I definitely recommend checking Abbiee out here. I’ve been tuning in to her YouTube channel and blog since May, and honestly, the way she communicates is just incredible. She makes writing so clear and productivity so simple and doable. And even if you are just having a bad day, her content just makes you smile anyway.

Oh, did I mention that she has awesome writing worksheets and music players specifically for writers and creators? Check her out on Spotify @abbieewithan_ie to get access to musical inspiration 😊

That is basically my reasons in a nutshell, because I could bore you if I go on, but do seriously check her out, especially if you’re a waffle lover(she loves her waffles too😊)

How about you?

Do you blog about writing as well?

Drop your blog link in the comments below 😊

Posted in Monthly R and R

October 2018 Reflections and November 2018 Resolutions

Hello everyone!

Apologies for being absent so far this month, but these past few weeks have been crazy with exams, and now things are starting to settle down, sort of!

Last October, I went to Romania for a missions trip, which was amazing, and I’m hoping to share with you my experiences soon😊

But for now, here are my goals’ report:

1.Do a creative reflection on Romania

Romania was amazing, and I think I’ll need to do something very special to remember that trip. I’ve started thinking of ideas, and I’ve decided to make it one of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 😊

2. Create a 5-10 minute stretch routine to do each day.

Yes, and I think I’m improving!

3. Write 5,000 words of devotionals

Yes! It was a challenge with everything being so busy this month, but I did it 😊

4. Continue my composing project

I just need one more chord progression and a melody, then I’m done!

5. Choose 2 subjects to do really well in this term

I did, and I’ve improved so much already!

Now that it is already November, I’m going to share with you the goals that I have been working towards this month.

1. Finish and edit Relatable: Ruth, a mini project that I started last month.

2. Finish my grade 8 violin with a good mark.

3. Start creating a melody for my composing project.

4. Start some research for projects that I want to do next year.

5. Continue to learn Romanian along with my other languages.

How about you? How’s November bee so far?

Posted in Devotional, Dreams, SpireGirl

You’re Beautiful

You’re beautiful.

Don’t believe me? Simply read this article for affirmations just for you:

1. God has called you by name and has created you for a purpose-

‬‬

2. The way that you live out your faith makes you more precious than anything else-

3. You were created in God’s image, meaning that you are just as creative as He is-

4. No matter how old you are, you will always make a difference to the people around you-

5. Because you love God, you are beautiful inside and out!

6. Because of your faith, people will single you out of the crowd because of your beautiful nature.

7. One day, you will be rewarded for your diligence and love.

I hope you have enjoyed SpireGirl 2018, and I pray that you will be even more blessed by what us girls post regularly 😊

Posted in Blogging, Dreams, Fun, SpireGirl, Writing, Writing Wednesday

How to stay Inspired with a busy life

Hello everyone!

I hope that you’ve had an amazing October.

For the writers, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. Well, most writers. For me, trying to do NaNoWriMo in November is one of the most stressful things ever, especially when it goes on top of school, exams, orchestras, you name it.

So what am I going to do in November? How am I going to keep being productive with my dreams if I’ve got all of this work?

Well, guess what? I’m still really motivated no matter how busy I am. There is a way that you can still be productive and motivated to achieve your dreams whilst having a busy life.

Do you want to know?

Just sit down, and keep reading my friend:

1. Listen to Music

Honestly, that’s one of the best inspiration sources ever! One of the reasons why I am always busting with ideas is because I listen to music 24/7. If you want to get encouraged, inspired and motivated, then just press play on your Spotify or whatever you use to listen to music 😊

2. Read, read, read

Seriously, just read! Whether it’s a book, magazine, newsfeed, blogpost or even the crazy thing that I’d social media! There will be moments when you’re reading when you will suddenly go, “Oo! I’ve got to use this at some point!” God gave us eyes- we might as well use our eyes to inspire us!

3. Set monthly goals

As you know, I set 4-6 goals a month, major or minor, to complete. Whether you set goals daily, weekly or monthly, knowing that you have goals will motivate you to complete them, and it will inspire you to do even more things that maybe you wouldn’t usually do.

4. Journal

Yeah, I love journalling. Whether it is through art or writing, just capturing what’s happened in the day is an amazing feel, and sometimes when I look back, I suddenly get an idea for a project that I could do in the future.

So there you have it. 4 Ways to help you stay inspired even when you’re busy.

How about you?

Do you have ways to keep you motivated when you are busy?

Posted in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Blogging, Dreams, Fun, SpireGirl, Writing

SpireGirl Interview: Meet Michaela!

Hello everyone!

Today, I am interviewing Michaela from Tangled up in Writing, another lovely blogger for SpireGirl.

1. When did you start blogging?

I’ve blogged off and on for about 6 years, but I started doing it with dedication in 2017.

2. What’s your blog about?

My blog is geared towards helping Christian readers/writers find great books and writing resources/tips as well as discussing my own writing process 😊

3. Do you have any other hobbies or jobs?

. I’m an equestrian and play the violin; I also work as an aide for disabled individuals.

4. Are you working on any projects at the moment?

I’m always working on something, haha! Right now I have two series to finish and several standalone books to outline.

5. What’s your favourite Bible verse and why?

My favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9. It reminds me that God is with me no matter what and that I shouldn’t be scared of what the future brings because God’s already there.

6. Who is (one of) your hero(es) and why?

Might sound clichè, but my Mom’s my hero. She inspires me to pursue my goals, encourages me in our faith, and is my biggest fan.

7. What tips do you have for Christian girls and women who want to use their gifts to serve God and achieve their dreams?

Don’t try to bury or hide your gifts because they’re leading you somewhere that you’re afraid of — say, teaching or public speaking — because God has a plan for you and will give you the strength you need to go down that path. Sometimes, the easiest path is not the right one. Pray continually to keep in touch with Him so you can use your gifts to their fullest extent, and never allow yourself to grow stagnant. Finally, don’t let the world corrupt your gifts — stay true to what you know is right as a follower of God even if you’re scorned or treated badly for it.

Thank you so much Michaela! Be sure to check out her blog Tangled up in Writing this week for all kinds of encouragement.

How about you?

What hobbies have you recently become more dedicated in?

Posted in Birthday, Blogging, Fun, SpireGirl

Happy one year birthday WFAGG!

Oh. My goodness! It’s been one year since I started this blog! It’s crazy to think that one year ago today, I posted my first ever post, nervous about whether it will really kick off.

And it has, in an even more beautiful way that I could ever have imagined.

I have participated in more than 20 book and website launches! And this is my 53rd blog post! Isn’t it crazy? But nothing is crazy with God’s help.

And this wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the love and support of you, my readers. So thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I pray that this blog will continue to bless more people for the future.

Posted in Devotional, Dreams, SpireGirl, Writing

How to Cultivate Your Dreams into Passions

Dreams. We all have them. It would be strange if we didn’t have them.

As Livy Lynn Jarmusch once said,

My Childhood dreams were given to me for a purpose

-Livy Lynn Jarmusch

But if we don’t put our dreams into action, not only will they just be dreams, but they won’t become burning passions that define us.

So how do we cultivate our dreams into passions?

1. Pray

A friend once told me, “The more you pray about something, the more passionate you are about it.”

As you hear about things, it’s important that if it catches your attention, then you should pray about it. Ask God what you should do or how you can use your gifts to serve Him. And read the Bible. God can use the stories of encouragement to speak to us.

For instance, I dream about using my gifts to encourage girls, and God keeps highlighting the stories of Ruth, Esther and Dorcas for me to read as encouragement.

2. Research

Looking into what you love is so important when you are cultivating your dreams.

Go on websites like The Rebelution where there are so many inspiring stories and information about situations around the world. Or read the news, where you could hear about a topic that you’re interested in.

If you’re a student like me, you can think of your favourite subjects, and research into those subjects outside of the classroom.

For me, I love missions, so I read many missions websites. I also love music and books, so I follow many authors and musicians on social media.

Whatever you think is your dream, research and explore as much as you can.

3. Experiment

Every dream has to start off somewhere.

One of my dreams is to run a website encouraging Christian girls to pursue their dreams. But I’m currently not working and would like a bought domain. So after some prayer, I’ve decided to create a blogging event called SpireGirl in the meantime. And actually, I really like this idea. I think I will host this event every year.

I’ve always wanted a business, and I’ve tried selling crafts before, but it wasn’t that successful. But that’s ok. I can try another business idea.

Do you see what I mean by experimenting with your gifts and passions? Don’t be afraid to make a mistake as you will learn from them, and don’t forget to pray!

4. Journal

Journalling your dreams is so important as you can look back on what you’ve explored and experienced. It’s also a great record of seeing how your dreams were achieved. And of course, don’t forget to pray.

Two years ago, when I was dreaming of going on a mission trip, I prayed and God gave me an image of little girls smiling. I went on my first mission trip last week, and guess who wanted to spend time with me? Smiling little girls.

I probably wouldn’t have remembered if I hadn’t journaled and prayed about it.

So get a journal, pray, and list all of the dreams that you want to achieve, and God will speak to you. Those dreams will become achieved passions.

How about you?

How are you getting on with your dreams?