The Journey of a (Great) Story

Cynthia Herron Writing 11 Comments

There are some novelists that  who just sit down and write. Others may choose a more structured approach preferring to outline and plot the entire book before actually writing it. I have to admit that I fall somewhere between the two. I tend to be a very organized person. I want to know all the twists and turns and the outcome of …

I Now Pronounce You…

Cynthia Herron Romance 12 Comments

Recently, I stopped at a fast food restaurant for an iced tea and a salad. Seated two tables across from me was an elderly couple in their early eighties (I’m guessing). The gentleman sported a somewhat wrinkled blue work shirt with faded blue jeans and sensible looking shoes. His wife wore a beige polyester dress, complete with a strand of dime store beads. Pausing briefly …

Donning Our Chefs Hats

Cynthia Herron Positive Thinking 13 Comments

Writers plot. We create. We craft stories in many genres. We show characters at their best, and even love ’em at their worst. Sometimes, our tales may take a different tack–a more exciting twist– than what we’d originally intended. It can be an intense thing when this happens because, often, it’s during these spine-tingling times when we realize what’s happening is out of our control. For …

It's All About the View

Cynthia Herron Favorite Things 8 Comments

A few years ago, we visited Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a beautiful, little gem cradled within the magnificent Ozark Mountains. During our trip, one of the most unusual and awe-inspiring places we stopped at was Thorncrown Chapel. Thorncrown is a 48-foot feet glass chapel ensconced within a lush, wooded setting, and it boasts over 425 windows and 6,000+ square feet of glass. It is, indeed, a sight to …

Should Writers Start a Blog?

Cynthia Herron Blogging 8 Comments

Well, I’m sure I’ve said it before. Writers are a bit of an odd lot. Sometimes, our minds never turn off. We keep late hours, savor words like candy, and we’d rather spend our free time roaming a book store than vacationing in Hawaii. (Kidding. I think.) Writers write. We create. We pen tales from snippets of life and from our own imaginations. We search out …

Bookworms and Brain Surgeons

Cynthia Herron Writing 11 Comments

As a teen-ager, the town I lived in was very small. There were a handful of gas stations and convenience stores, two or three smallish supermarkets, a consolidated school, one caution light midway through town, and an old white house that had been converted into the town library. Our home was about four or five blocks from the library, and …

Anyone Have a Flashlight?

Cynthia Herron Christian Fiction, Writing 5 Comments

A few years ago when we visited Eureka Springs, Arkansas, one of the places we toured was Onyx Cave—a small, but unique delight. The tour is self-guided and fairly easy to navigate, and the folks there are very helpful and courteous. Families with children and teens would enjoy it. Now, a word of caution. Don’t venture down inside this cave …

Silver Linings

Cynthia Herron Snippets of Life 4 Comments

Despite the clouds sometimes, the sky is so beautiful! When I see white tufts of cotton against the backdrop of blue sky, I immediately begin to daydream and I wonder about what’s contained within. Some clouds will bring raindrops.  Others will give way to sunshine.  A few will bless us with silver linings (with the Lord’s help, of course.) Writing is …

Angels Among Us

Cynthia Herron Writing 4 Comments

I’ve been talking a lot about “God things” lately, but it truly is a God thing how He sometimes uses the little things to get our attention. And it’s these little things that make an impression in a BIG way. Take, for example, this interesting phase of life I’m in. I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I’ve been …

Writing Up a Storm

Cynthia Herron Writing 4 Comments

Over the weekend I reviewed my work-in-progress, and I revamped a character that seemed to have become a bit of a bore. He’s still a bore—just a more colorful, multi-faceted bore. He doesn’t realize it. It’s part of who he is. As the story progresses, this fellow does grow and develop beyond what I’ve let the reader initially see.  And though …