Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ACFW Posts Lynn Hobbs Submission, "A Brief Writing Experiment"on National Blog 6/22/2016



Thank you, American Christian Fiction Writers, for accepting and posting my submission to your blog on 6/22/2016.


A Brief Writing Experiment

By Lynn Hobbs
Learning new writing methods can be rewarding. I noticed several men writing a tighter style, and it did get my attention.
They mentioned more white space on a page drew readers from a younger generation.
What were they doing?
What happened?
Not any back story. Later in the book it could be introduced, but only a small part.
I have great respect for all three male writers. Each is well known, and I listen to their words of wisdom through blogs, newsletters, and writing conferences.
They happen to be men. So far, I have not noticed any female writers adopting this new style.
I was taught to delete extra words or unnecessary words. Who, what, where, when, and why should be near the beginning. The five senses should be used as often as possible. Don’t use many exclamation marks. Show your story, don’t tell it, and always continue to learn the writing craft. We learn from each other. That being said, I kept an open mind, and considered the new tighter writing style.
In their observation of the younger generation, it was pointed out that text messaging and tweeting were the norm. This generation of new readers and aspiring writers are not familiar with long flowing stories. They don’t have time for long stories. Their writing cuts through the chase and gets to the point.
Do we want them as potential readers to our genre?
Defiantly.
Can we accommodate them without losing our own style of writing?
Our voice?
I believe we can.
Yes, I do text and tweet messages. I tried incorporating texting and tweeting into my style of writing, and it felt awkward. What a challenge! I decided to experiment and rewrite the first chapter of my new book using some of this method.
My first chapter went from eighteen pages to a total of twelve pages. I tightened more and deleted a lot. Final page count for my first chapter: six pages.
Did I lose any important information?
No.
I spaced it out.
I didn’t give away details.
I saved them for later.
I wrote short sentences like I’m doing now.
Brief.
Short and sweet.
One on top of the other.
It built suspense.
It created pages readers turned fast.
My paragraphs were what I refer to as normal. In between some of the paragraphs I’d branch out and sprinkle in a few short sentences.
More white space was created on the page as well as momentum. I have to admit I enjoyed locating the perfect spot to insert a few short sentences. Of course, I had already written the chapter, so it was more of an editing experience than a writing one for me.
Dialogue took on a whole new snappy approach.
Example:
Steve pivoted. “You leaving?”
“Why?”
“I thought…”
Stepping forward, Kate frowned. “Don’t assume.”
I usually don’t use a lot of tags but it worked for this example.
That’s the whole point.
Try something new.
It may work.
Happy writing!
Hidden CreekLynn Hobbs is the author of the Running Forward Series; a powerful faith and family saga.
Book #1: Sin, Secrets, and Salvation, awarded 1st place, Religious Fiction, 2013, Texas Association of Authors.
Book #2: River Town, 1st place, Religious Fiction, 2014, TAA.
Book #3: Hidden Creek, 1st place, Religious Fiction 2015, TAA.
Lillie, A Motherless Child, 1st place Biography 2016, TAA.
You can find Lynn on her website at http://www.LynnHobbsAuthor.com,Facebook and Twitter
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Lynn Hobbs on Author Spotlight


Thank you, Barb Schlichting, for featuring me on the author spotlight of your blog, Barb's Books, on 6/11/2016!


Monday, April 4, 2016

Modern Issues or Cookie Cutter...

Thank you, American Christian Fiction Writers for publishing my post to your websites blog today, April 4, 2016; titled " Modern Issues or Cookie Cutter..."




Modern Issues or Cookie Cutter…
Posted on April 4, 2016 by ACFW
By Lynn Hobbs

Recently, I attended a ladies luncheon from several churches in my area. One woman had an out of state friend visiting her, and we welcomed her to the group. Upon learning I was the author of a Christian fiction series she had read, she discussed the ending of the last book in the series.
She loved the series, but did not like the ending. She wanted the ending to be “happily ever after” for the main character.
I smiled and explained that life isn’t always like that. I write about modern issues facing my characters, and seldom is a problem solved like a neat and tidy bow wrapped around a Christmas present. Often, people face options and choices must be made.
In my writing, people are responsible for their actions.
She explained she enjoyed pleasant, predictable stories with happy endings.
I thanked her for the constructive criticism and realized she preferred cookie cutter books. That is fine. No author can please every reader.
Personally, I would be bored trying to read a cookie cutter book. It would be like feeding bland baby food to an adult chef. I write and read Christian novels. Anything Christian: fiction, romance, mysteries, suspense, inspirational, historical, etc.; can draw me into the story and hold my attention. Not if it’s the following format, though:
1. Girl meets boy, or vice versa.
2. Boy doesn’t like girl, or vice versa.
3. Conflict grows.
4. Conflict is resolved.
5. Boy and girl live happily ever after.
A fantasy or science fiction would not work for me, either, but do have a huge audience of readers.
As an author, I recommend staying with your genre and your voice– your style of writing. Give 100% of yourself in your writing and have your reader feel the emotion of your character.
Are you making a moral example of a character? Are you presenting a learning experience your reader could relate to?
Can you blend a scripture into a situation that flows with your story?
For me, writing with modern issues is a great opportunity to introduce Christian values to the non-Christian reader. I pray for direction and the story moves forward with purpose.
Have you ever been inspired by someone? Ever work with someone who survived a crisis? Could those situations possibly work in your characters life to relate to your readers? Yes, it could, but only if it has a believable resolution. Fiction has to be believable. Christian fiction is my calling, and I love sharing experiences of others that are encouraging. I want my readers uplifted by the actions and reasoning of my Christian characters towards life with both Christians and non-Christians.
A story can be written as soothing therapy to a stressed reader.
What do you want to convey?
When do you want to present key facts to the reader?
Are you writing to women, men, or both?
Can your targeted audience relate to your story?
Enjoy the options, and happy writing!


Monday, February 29, 2016

"Lillie, A Motherless Child" wins First Place in Biography 2016 by the Texas Association of Authors!

What a blessing!  "Lillie, A Motherless Child" won First Place in Biography 2016 by the Texas Association of Authors!

This book took me two years to write. It is the true story of the life of my mother. I will always treasure the moments and stories Mom shared as I wrote about her life. Born in the depression era with 16 siblings, her own mother passed away when Mom was 7 years old. It truly is the journey of a motherless child to an inspiring woman of faith. This award is a special blessing to me, and I don't know who is happier; me, Mom, my sister Rhonda, my new publisher: son Jeff Brannon, or the rest of my family! It is available for purchase on Amazon.com and TexasAuthors.com


If you have enjoyed reading the book, I'd appreciate you leaving a review about it at Amazon.com

Here is the link. Thank you!  :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Writing A New Novel? Pray About It!

Thank you, American Christian Fiction Writers, for accepting and publishing my post today; Feb. 2, 2016, on your website!


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Writing a New Novel? Pray About It!
Posted on February 2, 2016 by ACFW
By Lynn Hobbs

An idea flashes through your mind in the middle of the night, and you’re convinced it’s THE answer to your next novel.
Maybe not.
You decide which chapter to insert the idea …when to let readers be aware of that tidbit of information…
Days pass as you change scenes and replace characters with that idea playing out in your mind.
No. Nothing works. It didn’t feel right.
More days pass.
The flashed idea continues being a puzzle.
It has a place in your novel, and you have a strong gut feeling about it.
You know you are right.
Wait a minute. It’s not falling in place.
Something is wrong here…
Then you realize…
You don’t want your will for the book…you want God’s will for the book.
The above situation can happen if you write without praying first. Those who know me are aware that I always pray for direction before I write. My new series has begun with a scripture that will follow through all three books. I am excited as words flow, situations develop that have meaning, and yes, I will give God the glory…not myself.
Have you ever considered someone might be saved by reading your book? As a Christian writer in today’s anything goes world; we have an opportunity to display morals in our books.
I also enjoy changing the protagonist from a male to a female…or vice versa.
Change location.
This takes you out of your comfort zone…new locations demand research to make it believable.
Time well spent? Absolutely.
I was taught to write what I personally know, and what I witnessed by others I knew…
About the person who was mistreated and overcame obstacles. About the person in jail. About the person who graduated with young children as a single parent. I could go on and on.
Years ago, I participated in a prison ministry where as a group, we traveled to a women’s prison in Gatesville, Texas. Praying one on one for each woman was powerful.
Some of the inmates wrote letters to us but could never write directly to us. Their letters went through the church, and later sent to our homes.
No, we couldn’t ask why the women were in prison, but we felt their need was met that day through what we did in God’s name.
That day, we actually were the vessel He used to help others.
The same principle can apply to our writing. We can be His vessel for many.
While some readers aren’t incarcerated, they may feel imprisoned by the life they are living. Our book cover may catch their eye at a library, or it may be left on a table at a doctor’s office. We have no idea where or when it will be read by someone who needs to be reading it at that exact moment in their life.
That’s why writing a book without praying first would not work for me.
Prayer first is awesome!

Lynn Hobbs is the author of the Running Forward Series; a powerful faith and family saga.
Book #1: Sin, Secrets, and Salvation, awarded 1st place, Religious Fiction, 2013, Texas Association of Authors.
Book #2: River Town, 1st place, Religious Fiction, 2014, TAA.
Book #3: Hidden Creek, 1st place, Religious Fiction 2015, TAA. Lillie, A Motherless Child (Christian biography).
You can find Lynn on her website at http://www.LynnHobbsAuthor.com andFacebook
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