Premise and Universal Theme – Part 3

By Jean Matthew Hall In my last blog post I discussed the importance of universal themes. (Click here.)         A theme gives my story a reason to exist and to go on existing. Otherwise, it is just a shiny bead that may be admired for a short time, then tossed aside for something shinier. But theme […]

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Avoiding Burn Out

Writing requires discipline. You must sit your behind in the chair and write, even if you don’t feel like it. But you also need to create a schedule that doesn’t leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. I am notorious for burning the candle at both ends. At some point I decided there was a better way to live. I […]

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Our friend Linda Vigen Phillips interviewed Jean about Write2Ignite! I’m happy to welcome Jean Matthew Hall today to talk about writing, particularly the inception of a wonderful group called Write 2 Ignite!.  Wherever you are on the writing journey–seasoned, newbie or would-be, and especially if you are a Christian writer, this is the group for you! […]

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Writing for Others

As writers, if we are totally honest, we all hope to see our name on the spine of a book, our book on the shelves of the bookstore, and we would love for our book to be THE book everyone wants to read, and ALL are talking about. While you are working toward that goal, […]

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Premise and Universal Theme – Part 2

By Jean Matthew Hall Regardless of the changes in technology, lifestyles, political or religious trends some stories remain children’s favorites year after year. What makes those stories last from generation to generation? I’m by no means an expert, but I do have my opinion. I think the most powerful element in making a story dear […]

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