Someone Pinch Me…I Must Be Dreaming

Cynthia Herron Uncategorized 5 Comments

It’s been a roller coaster week.  Well, really the past two weeks have been like that.  Do you ever have those?  (You may remember my post on “Mountaintops” where I talked about the mountains and valleys we experience in life.  I touched on this again yesterday.  I hope I’m not wearing out the subject.) Recently, I received an offer of …

Victory

Cynthia Herron Christianity 2 Comments

I was thinking about the day I finally received an offer of literary representation.  It was truly a “mountaintop” moment!  (See past post “Mountaintops.”)  My hands were shaking, my knees were knocking, and I thought I was literally going to faint!  Said agent and I had connected in pleasant email exchanges prior, and we’d agreed upon a specific date and time to chat by …

Fact, Fiction, and Fairy Tales

Cynthia Herron Writing 7 Comments

As I write, I often try to immerse myself in my story, concentrating on time, place, characterization, and dramatic elements.  I introduce conflict early and end chapters with quandaries and a desire to know more.  Secondary characters are sprinkled throughout the story, but never in such a way to detract from the main folks–the hero/heroine.  I bring in enough facts to …

Calm, Cool, and Collected

Cynthia Herron Writing 4 Comments

As I navigate the fascinating waters of the fiction writing world, I am reminded that some days will be more productive than others.  Some days, other things might have to take precedence over writing.  Things like:  family illness, emergencies, maintaining a home.  There’s also the less imperative demands:  grocery shopping and meal prep (I haven’t mastered the art of nose twitching yet), laundry …

Just Desserts

Cynthia Herron Christian Fiction 4 Comments

When I am in the process of creating characters, I often contemplate whether or not they should receive their “just desserts” from time to time. Ultimately, I do decide to allow the reader to see that poor choices can often lead to bad outcomes.  I also try to reflect the fact that, just as God gives His children “free will”, …

Heroes

Cynthia Herron Writing 2 Comments

One of my recent favorite movies is “Fireproof,” starring Kirk Cameron and a host of other talented actors.  In this movie, Kirk Cameron plays a firefighter (aka “Caleb Holt”) who is struggling in his marriage, with his faith (or lack thereof), and with personal issues which threaten to destroy him.  In other words, Kirk’s character is bogged down in the muck and mire …