Happy Wednesday, everyone!
How’s your writing goals going this week? To help push you through the rest of your week, author Dyane Forde is here this week to talk the journey you take as you write and using emotion.
Thanks for joining us today, Dyane!
Name: Dyane Forde
Genre: General adult fantasy, speculative fiction
Latest Novel: Berserker, book 3 of the Rise of the Papilion Trilogy.
Whether you write for pleasure, to minister, or as a career, what we produce has the power to change or affect someone’s life. Oftentimes, we use our life experiences (questions, answers, traumas, joys, etc.) and interests as points of reference, which means we are essentially packaging and presenting aspects of ourselves to readers via our written works. Those personal elements are often what succeeds in connecting with our readers.
So, embrace your unique point of view when it comes to your writing! Be inspired by others, but remember that God made you as you are and has led you through experiences—both good and bad—so you can affect positive change in the world in a way only you can. (2 Corinthians 1:4)
I think this is important because writing is difficult. We struggle to find motivation and the mental and emotional strength to continue when our works are rejected, or to simply complete a challenging project. And, sometimes it’s difficult to believe anyone cares about what we have to say! I think knowing our writing has the potential to touch a life gives us hope and the ability to endure, while giving purpose to the life challenges we face.
You’ve packed a lot of wisdom in this tip. This is one thing that I strive to do in my writing, and I’ve said it before in other interviews. You can’t expect the reader to take a journey that you haven’t taken first. In other books that I’ve edited, I always tell my authors not to neglect emotion and the emotional connection they need to establish to the reader. It’s so important!
Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:
I think we shouldn’t underestimate the importance of balancing the stories burning in our hearts and learning (mastering) the tools needed to write them well. Writing is creative and a form of expression, but it is also a skill–a craft–that takes time and effort to do effectively. The better we write, the better we communicate the message/story that motivated us to create in the first place.
I believe that God can use anything in any condition for His purposes and glory. It’s His Spirit, not us, who does the transformational work in a Reader’s heart. However, doing our work with excellence and skill is important, as what we produce reflects on Him. We are His ambassadors, after all. Depending on our resources and availability, we can take advantage of the many local and online services available (writing groups, classes, editors, mentors, etc.) to hone our craft.
Yes, I agree! Writing groups and classes/workshops are great places to not only be encouraged but to also learn the craft. I love the writing group that I’m in. We meet monthly, and we have different members teach different subjects on the craft.
I am in the planning stages with an author friend of mine to have writing workshops to help other writers in their writing journey. Our first workshop will be in October!
“Love…can destroy, it can build, or it can do both at once…”
With the Papilion’s whereabouts unknown, the Shadow pursues its plan for Marathana’s destruction. In control of the Northern tribes and strengthened by allies in the Deep Southernlands, the Shadow prepares to unleash its ultimate weapon, the berserker.
Jeru’s sudden reappearance reveals the presence of a powerful, new will at work. Blessed by the Lightbearer and supported by a ragtag group of survivors and unexpected allies, Jeru prepares to lead the small army into enemy territory.
As war breaks, Kelen and Jeru clash one last time. One seeks to destroy, the other to save. The strongest will prevail, sealing Marathana’s ultimate fate.
Delia Talent is a pseudonym for Dyane Forde and fronts Forde’s ministry-related work. Talent hosts the Christian Creative Nexus’ blog and social media sites, is a writer, author, blogger, mentor, and small group leader with a passion for exhorting Christian Creatives to actively pursue their creative calling. For more on Talent and the Christian Creative Nexus, visit https://deliatalent.wordpress.com/. For more on Forde’s body of work, writing tips, and the ups and downs of her writing journey, visit her blog, Dropped Pebbles, at https://droppedpebbles.wordpress.com/.
Thanks for joining us today Dyane! I have enjoyed learning more about you and your series, Rise of the Papilion Trilogy.
Take a moment to check out her latest release, Berserker. Also, connect with Dyane on her social media and blog.
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*If you are an author and would like to be a guest on Wisdom Wednesday, please contact me. I have openings available this fall and would love to highlight you and your books!