Category Archives: Writing

A continuing dialogue on the art and the science of writing.

A Christmas Movie for the Writer in You

By Megan Burkhart a professional writing student at Taylor University     Last weekend, I went with a group of friends to see the movie The Man Who Invented Christmas. This movie follows Charles Dickens and how he came to write the book A Christmas Carol. As a writer, there were many things I connected with […]
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The Waiting: A Writer’s Guide to a Publisher’s Timeline

By Megan Burkhart a professional writing major at Taylor University Being a writer requires a lot of patience. In a world that values speed and availability of information, you can get anything you want within seconds. The publishing world, by comparison, works at a snail’s pace. It can take months to hear back on a submission, and sometimes […]
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How Traveling Helps With Humor Writing

By Katie Hiegel a professional writing major at Taylor University Take a trip to Ireland and you’ll quickly learn a new word, craic (pronounced like the street drug, yes, or that awful noise you can make with your knuckles). It’s a colloquial term for fun, amusement, or even news or gossip. On a list of […]
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Finding Time to Write in a Busy World

By Megan Alms a professional writing student at Taylor University The other day, I was asked what the most difficult thing about being a writer is. My answer? “Writing.” In such a fast-paced world, it’s difficult to even find time to sit down at your desk, much less write a story or an article. But, […]
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Villainous Heroes: 5 Tips for Writing the Antagonistic Protagonist

By Alyssa Marie Roat a professional writing student at Taylor University My main character is a mass murderer. In the character profile for my newest project, one of the questions asked, “What about this person makes you want to be his or her friend?” I laughed out loud. You’re not supposed to want to be […]
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Die on Every Hill: Reflections on the Maranatha Conference

By Hope Bolinger a professional writing student at Taylor University One season of cross country taught me that you cannot die on every hill during a 5K race. Because in the miserable state of Ohio, every race sported at least five large mounds. Some shot up at a straight 90-degree angle, where runners had to […]
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Writing for Kids: Easy, Right?

By Megan Burkhart a professional writing major at Taylor University Writing for kids should be easy, oh no it is not that breezy; in fact you might just sound cheesy. Writing is not lemon squeezy. Cute little poem, right? Just throw some words together and make sure the ends rhyme. Create some cute characters and have […]
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Writers Watching Movies: Much More Than “I Liked it”

By Theresa Hughes a professional writing student at Taylor University A few days ago, I had the opportunity to re-watch the new movie, Wonder Woman. Apart from it simply being an enjoyable movie, Wonder Woman has all the things a good movie should. It has three dimensional characters, a good character arc for the main […]
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How Your Proposal is Like a Job Interview

By Hope Bolinger Working on a pub board for IlluminateYA and as a submissions intern at Hartline Literary, I’ve received dozens of “applicants” for both companies. Each proposal, like a person, carries its distinct personality. And like all tightly run companies, we can accept a mere fraction of the personalities which burst into our inboxes. […]
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On Writing Villains

By Jori Hanna There are a few things that the majority of villains have. They have a motive, opportunity, and some connection to the main character, assuming that the protagonist is a hero. But what makes a villain good at being bad? There are a few different types of villains. There’s the creepy villains, the […]
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