- Mon, Oct 11, 2010
- About Randy Alcorn
In this 8-minute video, Randy talks about how he first read books by C.S. Lewis as a young Christian, and how Lewis baptized his imagination and shaped him as a writer.
Don’t buy the myth that writing is easy.
It’s not. I heard one author say, “Writing is like giving birth to barbed wire.” Others say writing is 5 percent inspiration and 95 percent perspiration. Books that were easy to write are invariably hard to read. Some writers seem so natural, so effortless. Don’t be fooled. It takes a lot of effort to appear effortless. With everything else competing for your reader’s attention, you must work to earn it. Many people say they want to write a book, but what they really want is to have written a book. Big difference!
Randy Alcorn answers the question, "How did your study of Heaven influence the scenes in your novel?"
Books about writing fiction:
Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne & King
Scene & Structure (How to Construct Fiction with Scene by Scene Flow, Logic and Readability) by Bickman
The Complete Guide to Writing and Selling the Christian Novel by Penelope Stokes
How to Grow a Novel by Sol Stein
Show, Don’t Tell by William Noble
Books about writing:
Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph Williams and Gregory Colomb
Make Your Own Words Work by Gary Provost
The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes by Jack M. Bickham
On Writing Well by ...