I wrote Campsite #6, a suspense/fantasy novel of approximately 70,000 words, and now I’m learning to write. Right fiction, instead of fiction riddled with addictive mistakes, introduces conflict then goes about the simple task of resolving it.

OK. My story has conflict. Right now it mostly has a conflicted author. To resolve my conflict I’ve frozen my characters somewhere in the editing process while I seek out more understanding.

Do you ever stop writing and hear your characters calling out to you? “Help! I’m stuck in this same pose waiting for you to write me out of my current situation!” “Hellloooo? Are you there, author of my life?”

I can hear my main character Evie calling.

My goal is to align myself with proven authors so I can give her story more meaning and a realistic, enthralling journey through her conflict, to capture the hearts of my readers. I’ve been advised to read as many books as I can in my genre. I’ve read all of CS Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, JRR Tolkien over the years. I won’t profess to be at their level, ever! However, I am on a quest to read additional suspense authors to teach me while I read.

Today I start a 5-week Training Session with Ted Dekker called The Creative Way designed to help authors write and sell the kind of story that readers crave. Ted Dekker is an multiple award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling author of more than thirty novels who writes heart-pounding suspense filled with inescapable truth.

And I’ve never read him. I seem to be doing everything backwards these days.

Starting session one this morning, then – off to the bookstore!

Self doubt is a monster, no two ways about it. It’s the antagonist in the story of your own writing career. But self doubt isn’t a mistake. It’s a simple condition or symptom of a disease, and that disease is simple misunderstanding. Ignorance is the mistake and I’m here to help you clear that up so you can write the story hiding in your heart. It’s much easier than you might think. Far too many books overcomplicate the process.
Ted Dekker