Author Archives: cskendall

DIVINE APPOINTMENT

My family and I made the 4-hour trip to St. Louis last Friday because we wanted to see my son Reuben. My friend Jeremiah made the trip with us because he wanted to attend Preview Day at Covenant Theological Seminary. … Continue reading

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WRITE REAL LIFE

Tip for writers: Incorporate real life places and events into your fiction. The youngest and I were zooming south down Highway 51 at 70 mph Tuesday afternoon, on our way to Dyersburg for music practice.¬†We flashed past something that looked … Continue reading

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CREATIVE EXPLETIVES

(Or, “How to Feel Like You are Swearing Like a Sailor when Your Mama’s an English Major”) “I’m so mad I could spit!” My mama isn’t the swearing kind. She doesn’t spit, either. If she uses a word like “spit,” … Continue reading

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GOOD ADVICE, NOT JUST FOR WRITERS

I’ve written a couple of times in the past few months about my efforts to implement tips recommended by the pros to improve my writing. Today, I want to continue that conversation. In Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life, … Continue reading

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WHY A WRITER NEEDS MORE THAN ONE JOB

So, you want to turn in your two-week notice at work and become a full-time writer? I do, too. However, I can think of a couple of reasons we should both keep our day jobs… To pay the bills. Most … Continue reading

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WHAT WOULD YOU LOVE TO BE ABLE TO DO SOME DAY?

“Do what you would love to be able to do some day.” – Douglas Wilson, Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life When I post here at the website, I usually try to share something related to my life as … Continue reading

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HOW’S THAT WORKING FOR YOU?

Two weeks ago, I wrote about my new commitment to make writing a priority instead of an I’ll-write-if-I-have-time, never-get-around-to-it hobby. (Curious? Read PARADIGM SHIFT.) Two weeks later, how’s that working for me? I’m glad you asked! In addition to keeping … Continue reading

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THIS GIFT

At the annual Sunday School white-elephant-gift Christmas party, I ended up with THIS: My sons were little boys at the time, and they were thrilled to have a stuffed goat’s head to hang in their room. They even mounted a … Continue reading

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PARADIGM SHIFT

  I read a lot of articles, blog posts, and books about the craft of writing, written by successful authors like Stephen King, Doug Wilson, and J. K. Rowling. It only seems to make sense to listen to and learn … Continue reading

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SUFFICIENT

I woke up today with this thought running through my head: “How do I consistently live out this faith? What does it even look like to live each moment of this life with a kingdom perspective?” Just when I think, … Continue reading

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