Writerly Wednesday

Writerly Wednesday

If you’re a writer looking for ways to  avoid relying on the same descriptive beats to show emotions–for example “She sighed…” “He grimaced…” “She shivered…”– I recommend The Emotion Thesaurus. Emotion entries are followed by plausible expressions. Besides what’s listed, the given expressions inspire new ideas to show  what your characters are feeling. Great...

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empathy

empathy

Do you get “lost” in books? I do. I tend to binge when I read, consuming novels in a few hours or in a “day”, even if that means staying up late into the night to do so. I remember as a teen that my emotions were absolutely controlled by the story I was reading, mostly leading to great despair, lol. (I don’t think I read many novels with happy endings back then.) I’m better able to control my responses now–no matter what I read–but I’m still emotionally transported by a good story. A new study finds that reading fiction not only gives us strong emotional experiences but that it also influences our ability to be empathetic. I couldn’t help but think of that study when my friend Libby sent me this link to a...

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writing conferences

I’m teaching at two conferences this summer, both in Portland, Oregon. The first one is Faith Writers, “Nurturing the Whole Writer,” June 28-29, at the Radisson Hotel, near the airport. The second is Oregon Christian Writers, “Guarding the Good Treasure,” August 12-15, at the Red Lion, Jantzen Beach. If you’re a writer or interested in writing, consider attending one of these–or both!

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Young Life

Youngest daughter left this morning for Young Life camp. I’m so excited for her! I can’t help but remember going to YL camp years and years and years ago and then doing work crew the summer after. Both were life changing experiences. Here’s a great video about YL in the Portland metro area. Prayers appreciated for camp this week and the on-going ministry. Thank you! Leslie

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booksigning tomorrow!

booksigning tomorrow!

I have a book signing for Adoring Addie tomorrow, Saturday, June 8, from 12-2pm at LifeWay Christian Store, 2785 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR. If you’re in the Portland area, I’d love to see you there!

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