The Art & Craft Of Writing Christian Fiction

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Artist and Craftsman

As a Christian novelist, you're both. You know the soaring creativity of the Creator and the serious discipline of the artisan. And you feel the impulse to excel in each.

So grab a steaming mug of your favorite hot drink and come learn the art and craft of Christian fiction from one of ...

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The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction: The Complete Guide to Finding Your Story, Honing Your Skills, & Glorifying God in Your Novel

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Overview

Artist and Craftsman

As a Christian novelist, you're both. You know the soaring creativity of the Creator and the serious discipline of the artisan. And you feel the impulse to excel in each.

So grab a steaming mug of your favorite hot drink and come learn the art and craft of Christian fiction from one of its master teachers. You'll learn:

»» How to find your story amidst all your ideas
»» How to bring your characters onstage the first time
»» How to convert your telling into showing
»» How to handle profane characters in Christian fiction
»» How to use the dumb puppet trick
»» How to write for the (approving) audience of One

The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction is the complete school of fiction from Jeff Gerke, popular writer's conference teacher,
professional book doctor, and Christian novelist. It includes and expands upon his influential Fiction Writing Tip of the
Week column at WhereTheMapEnds.com.

** Christy Award-winning editor Jeff Gerke entered the
Christian fiction publishing industry as a novelist. Under the pen name Jefferson Scott, Jeff has had six of his Christian novels published. He has served on the editorial staff of Multnomah,
Strang Communications, and NavPress. Novels that Jeff has edited or acquired have won multiple Book of the Year awards. He is the founder and publisher of Marcher Lord Press.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780982104965
  • Publisher: Third Day Books
  • Publication date: 4/20/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 459,789
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    It's time to stop telling stories and start making movies--on paper.

    "Toss aside your s'mores and put on your director's chapeau. It's time to stop telling stories and start making movies--on paper."

    This is the theme of Jeff Gerke's lessons on writing fiction. The man is brilliant. As he gives the example of a story told around a flickering campfire, you will finally see the difference between showing and telling. You can't miss it. Sure, it still might take a lot of work to get your writing to that point, but understanding is the first step.

    As someone who knows Jeff, reading this book was like sitting down with him over coffee. His voice is friendly and fun and he has an incredible way of explaining things so that anyone can understand. He doesn't do technical, confusing examples. What I enjoyed most was the opening chapters about why we write and for who. It was like having a heart to heart with a spiritual mentor. I appreciated Jeff's wisdom as he shared his own story.

    I wish I would have had this book back when I first started. Thankfully, I am always learning, and this book is filled with so much good information, I will refer to it again and again. I highly recommend it for all writers. It's the kind of book filled with "Ah ha!" moments. But it's also the kind of book that you will want to pick up for reference again and again.

    As Jeff says, "You are not a Jedi yet." So if you want to learn how to write great fiction, if you need a bit of extra help with your writing, or if you need to know what you are doing wrong, you must have this book. You must. It's worth it for Jeff's Star Wars references alone.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Learn from a friend

    In the interest of full disclosure, I'm an author that knows and has worked with Jeff Gerke. He was the editor for two of my novels, in fact. I respect his knowledge and opinions. They are very logical and, if followed, will not only make you a better writer, but make your stories better as well. In The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction you will find the essence of what Jeff teaches as an editor, publisher and writing instructor. It is like having him in the room with you as you write. For a craft book, The Art & Craft is an amazingly fast read. It is full of useful insight and wisdom to help with your writing quest. There are over fifty topics covered, from dialog to plotting to character creation. Many common writer mistakes are highlighted as well, along with the fixes. I especially like all the pop culture and movie references Mr. Gerke weaves into the book. While making the book entertaining, those examples really help illustrate his points. Finally, this book is encouraging, another quality of Mr. Gerke's that managed to make it onto the page. As he says within, he really does love Christian fiction and the people that write it. And who wouldn't want to work with a person like that? Get yourself a copy of this book and improve your writing today. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Excellent and Fun

    I can't say everything in this book was new to me, but as a non-published writer, there was plenty there for me to chew on. Lots of good advice, told in an entertaining way, from a guy who knows a lot about Christian Fiction. There are good questions amd suggestions on how to deal with difficult issues, which I was thankful for. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Could use less preaching and more writing advice.

    Could use less preaching and more writing advice.

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

    Best Writing Book Ever

    Excellent, applicable, funny, well organized, helpful, live changing, and totally AMAZING!

    A must read for the writer.

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