MBM: Writing the Movie in Your Head by Gerald N. Lund

Welcome to the eleventh day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS! (Full explanation and schedule here.) 

Today, my favorite author of all time is here. Gerald N. Lund is my favorite for many reasons, but foremost, because he’s my dad. His books include fiction, non-fiction, dystopian, contemporary YA, and doctrinal discourses. However, he’s best known for his religious historical fiction including The San Juan Pioneers series, and The Work and the Glory series (which have had a few movies made based on them). His current series, Fire and Steel, is set during WWI and WWII, and chronicles the lives of two families, one from Germany and one from rural Utah.  He’s won several awards, sold millions of books, yet he’s just the nicest, sweetest–and smartest–man. If you couldn’t tell, I love him to pieces. :)

Layout 1SIDE NOTE: My dad also writes lyrics and I write music (like my mom), So the two of us recently worked on a choral song which was just published by Jackman Music. The song is called “Come and Be With Me,” based on Frederic Chopin’s Etude in E. The words are gorgeous, a prayer of supplication. I had the easy job of putting it all together. If you want to read the lyrics, go here.  It’s available in SATB with vocal solos coming soon.

Today my dad’s here to talk about writing the movie in our mind.

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MBM: How to Energize Your Writing by @CharStastny

Welcome to the fourth day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS! (Full explanation and schedule here.)

My friend Charissa Stastny is here today to talk about some great ways to energize our writing and make it sing. Charissa write’s romantic suspense novels that will get your heart racing, so if you haven’t read her books, check them out (links below her bio).

Here she is:

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MBM: What’s In A Name? 6 Ways to Choose Great Character Names by A.L. Sowards

Welcome to the third day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS! (Full explanation and schedule here.)

Today my friend A.L. Sowards (Amanda) is here to talk about the importance of naming characters. Amanda’s novel The Rules in Rome is a Whitney-award finalist for historical fiction. She writes amazing stories based on WWI and WWII, so if you haven’t read her books, check them out (links below her bio).

Today she’s here giving us six suggestions on choosing great character names.

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MBM: How to Self-Edit Your Work by J.J. Lyon

Welcome to the second day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS! (Full explanation and schedule here.)

  • Life by Rebecca BellistonSide Note: One of our guest posters, Ranee S. Clark, is hosting March Cover Madness this month. My cover for LIFE (Citizens of Logan Pond bk 1) is up. Make sure to check in each day for the Cover Madness brackets

Today our first guest author is my friend J.J. Lyon (JoLynne). JoLynne has been around since the very beginning of March Book Madness, so this makes her fifth post with us. How cool is that? I’m glad she gets to start us off this month. (Check out her previous posts below her bio.) So here she is: Continue reading “MBM: How to Self-Edit Your Work by J.J. Lyon”

MBM:Playing Fair: Good Guys vs. Bad Guys by @RLBelliston

Welcome to the first day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS! (Full explanation and schedule here.)

I get to start off this month of writing tips and advice by talking about how authors can play fair with good guys vs. bad guys. Continue reading “MBM:Playing Fair: Good Guys vs. Bad Guys by @RLBelliston”

How Do Your Characters Justify Their Actions?

I’ve been pondering a word lately. I’ve pondered this word while working on my latest book, while reading, and even while listening to the evening news on the latest horrors around the world.

The word is JUSTIFICATION.

How do people justify their actions?

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MBM: So You Want to Write Funny? How to Add Humor to Your Writing, by JoLynne Lyon

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MBM: Writer’s Block? Break Through the Storm in Your Brain With Mind Mapping by @ChrisRosche

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