October 27, 2016

How to tell a story

In poetry, words with multiple connotations can bring an air of mystery. However, in a short story or novel, that ambiguity doesn't work well – and even less so in science-fiction. Sci-fi needs to be grounded in realism to be plausible and interesting.

Generally speaking, clarity comes by briefly identifying each person, situation, and setting as you introduce them in your fiction. Keep in mind though, the story is the point. Then keep the action in each scene moving without interruption.

Details can be woven between scenes with story movement occurring as it happens. In other words, show movement in the moment, rather than telling about it before or after the event. This develops your story in a logical time sequence, which helps to clarify what's happening, when, and to whom.

Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2016

September 1, 2016

August 31, 2016

June 9, 2016

Pencil, paper, pc, and beyond

The scope of a Christian writer's life extends far beyond our bookshelves and writing desk!

To expand the possibilities for our discussions, I began a blog on WordPress where I'm posting instead of here. I hope you will join me and let me know the topics or concerns you would like to see addressed. Thank you.

If you're a Bible student or teacher, pastor, or other communicator for Christ, you might also be interested in following the prayers, devotionals, and Bible discussions on The Word Center blog. Again, please let me know if you have thoughts to share or topics to suggest.

May God bless you in all you're to do in Jesus' Name.

Mary Harwell Sayler


April 22, 2016

Contacts & Critiques - Mary Harwell Sayler

Just updated my critique page to make it clearer, but not raise prices! If you would like my feedback on your poems, prayers, devotionals, or children's picture book text for a minimal fee, check it out. God bless you and your good work in Jesus' Name.

Contacts and Critiques by Mary Sayler

March 7, 2016

Annual Writing Competition, dd March 15

Guidelines for WEN/FFWA Writing Competition

I'm looking forward to reading the poems entered in this year's writing contest, which is open to fiction and nonfiction too. Hope you enter and win! But I won't know until the finalists have been chosen as this is a blind competition with no i.d. on the entries I receive http://www.writers-editors.com/…/Con…/contest_guidelines.htm 

January 16, 2016

The Word Center in a Christian writer's life

After a few years of trying to maintain several blogs with regular posts on Blogger, I saw a need to simplify! So a new umbrella blog has been set up for The Word Center on WordPress.

Lord willing, the blog will include Bible prayers, Bible poetry, devotionals, articles on writing, biblical principles of Christian healing, and reviews of new editions or translations of the Bible.

If you're a worker of words or a minister of The Word, I pray you will Follow the blog and find what you need. If not, please leave a question, helpful comment, or suggestion for future posts.

Thanks and blessings.

Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016