Christian writers

The Plot Of Life

When I’m writing, I must have a plot before I start. The main reason for this is that if I don’t have a plot, my story will drift along aimlessly. But guess what. With God in control of our lives, we’ll never be drifting along aimlessly. He has a plan in mind, and we can always trust him to guide us in the right direction to help him achieve his amazing story.

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I Need Your Help!

Help!

I need some second opinions, suggestions, and advice, and I’m coming to you, dear readers, for assistance!

First: I’m working on a new story that will (hopefully) be my first full-length novel. I have a name for my antagonist (Raltan Menger! Isn’t that an awesome bad guy name??) and I have a some of the plot worked out, but I’m struggling with a name for my protagonist. I’ll give you some background info:

  1. He was a captain in Menger’s army, until Menger became dictator. He feels responsible, and therefore guilty, for Menger being on the throne. He will probably still be going by Captain ___ sometimes.
  2. He’s smart and a very good fighter. He may be able to turn invisible, but I’m not sure about that yet.

That’s about as much as I have so far. I definitely still have a ways to go. 😉 So, basically, I’m looking for a name as awesome as Raltan Menger, but still one that matches him and his personality. Unfortunately, as you can see, there’s not much to go on, but please, please, please comment with your suggestions! A made up name would be awesome, too. I made up Raltan by mixing up the letters in the word tarantula. 😉

Second: I need to know if I should still do the Story Starters. If you could vote on the poll below to let me know what you think that would be great!

Thanks so much for all of your comments and likes. I would definitely enjoy some feedback on this post! Please feel free to comment with any name ideas you have, no matter how outlandish they may seem. 😀 Thanks again!

Story Starters: 3-21-14

Story Starters are prompts that must be the first part of your story. To participate, please tag your post with p31tStarter and link back to this post. My favorite post for each story starter will be reblogged on Friday.*

Flash Fiction (less than 1,000 words):

She said yes.

Short Story (Over a 1,000 words, but we’ll set the limit at 10,000 words)

If only he could go back…

*Please note: If there are no posts linked to this post or tagged with p31tStarter, there will be no post reblogged. Also, any stories with anything inappropriate will not be chosen. Thank you!

Treasures

A poker chip. A pair of dice. A screwdriver. A rock. All hidden in an old, rotten box shoved in an old, rotten tree.

The collection wasn’t much. Just a boy’s favorite treasures, dirty and smudged. The woman traced the A. H. carved on the lid of the box. A tear slipped down her cheek as she fondled each f her son’s precious memoirs.

“Goodbye, Alex,” she whispered softly, stroking the smooth rock. “I’ll take care of your treasures, and I’ll see you again in heaven someday.”

The little girl next to her looked down into the box.” I hope he’s got better treasures in heaven than he left us down here.

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“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Matthew 6:19-20

Weekly Writing Helper: Random Ideas

Weekly Writing Helpers are here to help you when you get stuck or are fresh out of ideas. I’d love to read what you come up with! If you post your story, you can link back to this post or tag your post with Weekly Writing Helper. 🙂

The Weekly Writing Helper topic “Random Ideas” are prompts that have no relation to each other. Watch out! More may be coming soon!

Planning Stages Idea:

Have your character search for a missing town

Plot Twist Idea:

Have your character lose the most important thing in the story

Writer’s Block Idea:

Go back and edit your story, starting from the beginning

Weekly Writing Helper: Books

Weekly Writing Helpers are here to help you when you get stuck or are fresh out of ideas. I’d love to read what you come up with! If you post your story, you can link back to this post or tag your post with Weekly Writing Helper. 🙂

Planning Stages Idea:

Make the books on your character’s bookshelf start mysteriously disappearing one by one. And he’d better find out why they’re disappearing before they all disappear, or else…

Plot Twist Idea:

Your character finds a book written in a mysterious language that somehow will affect the outcome of his story.

Writer’s Block Idea:

Read! It’s the best way to conquer writer’s block.

A Picture and a Story

So we had a verse and a story, we had a joke and a picture, and now we have a picture and a story. 🙂

Praying Mantis

My dad, with a little help from our dog, found this praying mantis in our backyard. I was able to get some pretty good pictures of it.

And here’s the story. It has nothing to do with the picture. 🙂

Out of Place – Courtney Cook

Mysterious Helper

Anna took a deep breath of clean fall air as she strolled along the sidewalk. The traffic whizzed past to her left. Suddenly, Anna was thrown to the ground as someone shoved her off the sidewalk. She caught a glimpse of a tall lean figure before a delivery truck hurtled onto the sidewalk where she’d been walking. Anna instinctively leaped to her feet and jumped backwards. The truck hit a nearby tree with a loud crunch.

Anna looked around for the person who had moved her out of the oncoming truck’s path, but she didn’t see anyone. How weird, she thought.

The delivery truck’s driver got out of the car hurriedly and rushed over to Anna. “Are you okay?” he asked frantically.

“I’m fine,” Anna assured him.

The police arrived soon after to take a report of the crash, and Anna was allowed to leave. She continued on her way until she reached her friend Lucy’s house.

“Hi, Anna,” Lucy welcomed Anna in cheerfully. Anna immediately poured out her story to her friend, including her mysterious helper.

Lucy’s jaw dropped. “Do you know what time the crash happened?”

“Just after two,” Anna told her. She looked at her friend curiously.

Lucy was amazed. “Just before two, I felt God telling me to pray for your protection, and I did!”