Join Me on a New Adventure!

Carole Towriss Book Reviews, In the Shadow of Sinai, Research, Writing 1 Comment

This year I’m embarking on a new adventure with some very dear friends, and a couple new ones. Tanya and Jennifer are fellow writers for Christ to the World Ministries, a group that writes dramas that are then translated and broadcast to 32 countries around the world. Eileen, Diana and Delia are friends of friends! Together we are starting a …

It’s Literally the Beginning of the End of the World

Carole Towriss Christianity, Writing 3 Comments

  It’s finally happened. Merriam-Webster, Macmillan Dictionary, and Google have done it. Even the Cambridge Dictionary and the revered Oxford English Dictionary have done it. Done what? All these dictionaries have said that literally no longer has to mean “used for showing that what you are saying is really true and is not just an impressive way of describing something.” …

There be Normals Out There

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Writers are not normal people. I’ve been at the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference for the last several days. 675 like-minded people. The Hyatt Regency in Dallas wisely locked us in the basement held all our classes on the lowest floor. A friend of mine told me that once at her daughter’s gymnastics class she suddenly asked, “If I …

Drama … for Better or Worse

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Drama. In a house with three teen/preteen girls, drama is not usually a good thing. It’s something to be circumvented, squashed, avoided at all costs. You tell the kids it’s bad, and you try to teach them better ways to settle conflict. But the last month or so, drama has begun to mean something different to me. A writer friend …

Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ!

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A smile. An encouraging word. A thoughtful gesture. Each day people interact with us, help, and make our day a bit brighter and full. This is especially true in the Writing Community. Take a second to think about writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports and …

It’s A Beautiful Thing, the Destruction of Words

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So says George Orwell in 1984. If you recall (or if you don’t), the Party aims to make “thoughtcrime” impossible by removing words which describe forbidden ideals, such as freedom, rebellion, etc., from the dictionary. No words, no thoughts. One character remarks on the slender volume with the above quote. Apparently, the New York City public school system (see link …

I. Have. A. Blog.

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To most writers, those four words would be fun. Exciting even. To me, they’re unnerving. Intimidating. I write fiction for a reason. For one, I don’t have to write about myself. I write about characters I have created, and I design them exactly the way I want them. They are as nasty or kind or insecure or silly as I …