Path of Freedom, Quilts of Love series

1858 North Carolina - When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple..

Highland Sanctuary, (Highland series - Book 2)

1477 Scotland - A chieftain heir is hired to restore Briagh Castle and discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world.

Highland Blessings, (Book 1 - Highland series)

1473 Scotland - The story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise to his dying father.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Writing History

I have started writing the second book in my Blessings series set in medieval Scotland. While the premise is intriguing and the research so much fun, I have forgotten how hard it is to recreate a time period in history when so few words existed.

For instance, I am faced with such challenges as describing a seizure without actually using the word seizure. While it was in existence in some places, very few people would have known what it was unless they were a physician. I used it once to help the reader and from then on I have referred to it as a "spell" or a "fit" as that is what people would have called seizures back then. I am faced with the same issues with words such as coma, and unconscious.

Writing about history makes me marvel at the progression of our language. Simple word usage and phrases can sweep a reader away to another time in history. You don't even have to put a date on a Jane Austin book. The reader automatically knows the time period they are reading. They may not know the specific year, but they know the period and they know it's history. It is the same with a Renaissance book or a Medieval, or even a Biblical book.

When I write about history I need certain resources to help me. I don't necessarily know when certain words came into use, but I know if they were likely not in use and so do my readers. Therefore, I wanted to share one particular resource with you. "English Through the Ages" by William Brohaugh published through Writers' Digest. My version is copyrighted in 1998. This book has been a HUGE help to me. If you are writing history or just curious about how our language evolved, this book is a great resource.

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Explore and Write

There are times when I feel like I should know the answer to something before I write about it. Yet, God has taught me on many ocassions that He teaches through the written exploration of writing itself. Writing causes me to question things I otherwise wouldn't question. It makes me look up and research information that I would never take the time to do. When I write about God's Word, I feel the Holy Spirit teaching me as I reason through the words that pour out of my heart.

I have written a non-fiction book entitled God's Word Is Sovereign. Everything within me wants to see this book published, but I have been warned that publishers don't like to publish Christian nonfiction by a writer that isn't well known. Writers of Christian nonfiction should typically already have a following through the ministry, through a popular column, or through other published works. Every fiber in me screams out against this stereotype, even though I know it to be true.

There is a lot I didn't know before I began writing that book and there was a lot I had learned by the time I finished writing it. I grew so much spiritually that I hated to write the ending. Yet, I knew it was time to finish it. I haven't tried to publish it, but I know that I will. I've been holding on to it as I wonder if it is meant to be published. Perhaps it was something God wanted me to write for my own spiritual growth.

Now that it has sat on my hard drive for over a year, I'm feeling the need to put a proposal together. That is my goal over the next couple of weeks. During this process, I'll research appropriate publishers that accept this kind of nonfiction Christian material. I'll send it out and pray.

Writers often teach beginners to write what they know. I agree with this suggestion, especially if you are just starting out. However, as you gain a little experience, I recommend the challenge of writing about something you don't know. The challenge will only help you grow. Even if I never see this book in print, the growth I have experienced from it was well worth the 1 1/2 years it took me to complete it.

Below is the Table of Contents to God's Word is Sovereign.

Introduction______________________________________________________ 3
God is the Word__________________________________________________ 6
God’s Written Word_______________________________________________ 11
How the Word Was Written_________________________________________ 12
Spreading the Word_______________________________________________ 14
Scientific Proof of the Bible_________________________________________ 15
God’s Spoken Word_______________________________________________ 26
Revelation_______________________________________________________ 26
Commandments__________________________________________________ 49
Judgment________________________________________________________ 71
Prophecy________________________________________________________ 74
God’s Spiritual Word______________________________________________ 107
Literal Vs. Spiritual_______________________________________________ 107
Parables________________________________________________________ 112
Answers and Hindrances to Prayer___________________________________ 115
Waiting on Prayer_________________________________________________ 128
The Word Became Flesh___________________________________________ 133
The Birth of Your Flesh_____________________________________________ 133
Your Spiritual Birth________________________________________________ 138
Salvation________________________________________________________ 142
Baptized by Water________________________________________________ 148
Baptized by the Holy Spirit_________________________________________ 152
More on the Holy Spirit____________________________________________ 163
God’s Covenant on Your Life________________________________________ 172
His Promise_____________________________________________________ 179
Your Mandate____________________________________________________ 184

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