Are Small Things As Valuable as Grand Gestures?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) We often underestimate the power in small things. In “In the Cards,” an episode in the fifth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, everyone on the space station is feeling frightened and depressed due to the deteriorating situation with the Dominion (a powerful force from a different quadrant that wants(…)

What Skill Do You Wish You Had?

I’m in awe of skilled musicians. Because I play the flute myself (and a few other instruments), I know how long it takes to become even quasi-proficient. For this month’s fantasy music feature, I wanted to share the Harry Potter theme played by Jarrod Radnich of The Piano Guys. Watch his fingers. What’s your favorite(…)

Are Online Writers’ Conferences the Way of the Future?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I know I said I’d talk to you today about when you should tell rather than show, but I had to interrupt our regular schedule for a special announcement instead. Yesterday Kristen Lamb announced the first ever WANACon, a completely online writers’ conference. While I don’t think online conferences will ever(…)

Do We Have the Right to Judge Other People?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Since when do we think it’s alright to condemn someone when we don’t know all the facts and don’t even bother to consider their side? In “Tribunal,” an episode in the second season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Chief Miles O’Brian heads off on vacation with his wife, but he’s(…)

Which Came First – Yoda or the Yoda Bat?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Just when we think every animal species in the world has been discovered, scientists find a new one. In 2009, scientists Piotr Naskrecki and David Rentz traveled to Papua New Guinea’s Nakanai and Muller mountains, an area still relatively unexplored. Among the many creatures they discovered was what’s been colloquially dubbed(…)

Four Techniques to Show Rather than Tell

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) You’ve heard the advice show, don’t tell until you can’t stand to hear it anymore. Yet all of us still seem to struggle with it. I think that’s often because we need a few practical things we can do to identify where we might be telling rather than showing. If you’ve(…)

What Does Your Behavior Say About Who You Are?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Does our behavior at the worst of times say as much about us as our behavior at the best of times? At the start of Captain America, Steve Rogers is a ninety-pound asthmatic who’s been turned away from serving in the US military five times, despite their need for soldiers to(…)

Do You Like A Little Contradiction In Your Characters?

Today I’m pleased to welcome Jen Kirchner to my blog. I first “met” Jen through her Vote Your Own Adventure series on her blog. When I heard she had a book coming out, I knew I had to try to bring her here to meet all of you. And she agreed! Jen is a writer,(…)

Three Steps to Creating Believable Character Emotions

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’ve been a mother who accidentally killed her only child. I’ve been an orphan stalked by the man who murdered her family. I’ve been a barbarian warrior struggling with how to survive in his brutal, pagan culture now that he’s come to faith in the one, true God. I’ve been all(…)

Is There A Cost to Hiding Our Mistakes?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Should we always admit our mistakes, sins, and bad decisions and accept responsibility for them, or are there times when we should simply move on and try to forget they happened? The decision is probably easy when the stakes are small, but what about when we run into one of those(…)