Jessica E. Thomas

Gaining Confidence
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World Wide Web = system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the Internet Isn't it neat when those interlinked documents lead you somewhere interesting, and not only that help you shave untold hours off a potentially grueling task? I ended...
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Finding Conflict
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Without conflict there is no story. Both new and seasoned writers hear this at the beginning of many a writing workshop. A story where everyone gets along is no story, but merely a sequence of words. It may be a...
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The Science in Martyred
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This week in his blog post titled Can Christian Theology and Science Fiction Coexist? Mike Duran stated: There is a potential incongruity between Christian theology and speculative fiction. Christian theology articulates the known. Speculative fiction probes the unknown. My response...
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From Roots to Snowflakes
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I have a page full of characters. I know their birth dates and their names. Now I need to make them interesting. Ack! (She runs screaming.) I should note here that I am no expert. (Heh heh. Did I need...
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Branching Out
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Last week I shared my main character's family tree in all its scribbled glory. If you'll notice, there's an asterisk on the bottom left and next to it the list: ages names short backstory on each As I sat staring...
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Forming the Roots
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As I mentioned at the end of my last post, I ran out of steam as I was filling in my "beat sheets" because my story idea didn’t include enough conflict and I had no idea who my characters were...
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Growing a Novel
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Since I'm done growing a baby, I thought I'd move on to growing a novel, cultivated specifically for the little munchkin. (Who knows, maybe it will fund his college? Pipe dream?) I also thought it might be neat if I...
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Welcome Noah!
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Baby is here! Needless to say, this blog is on maternity leave. Will return after the dust clears.
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Post-ACFW Conference Thoughts
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Ugh. That has nothing to do with the conference. It's just how I feel in general. Five more weeks of this pregnancy to go. Uncomfortable. Back hurts. Little tiny pummeling feet. Heartburn. Makes it hard to think about anything, much...
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Pre-ACFW annual conference thoughts
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The American Christian Fiction Writer's annual conference is coming up this weekend in Indianapolis. I plan to attend on Saturday. As a first-time attendee I'm included on the "first timers" email thread/forum. It's been interesting to hear people's perspectives and...
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