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check in again and to say “Merry Christmas” to you and yours!

Here’s a link to my Christmas 2015 newsletter. Enjoy! Becky

 

You were wondering if I’d fallen off the edge of the universe (I’m a terrible blogger!), and just in case you don’t receive my newsletter, here’s a short link. One of these days, I’ll get on the ball with the blogging. In the meantime, I’ll be busy writing another book. 🙂104_9762

http://tinyurl.com/q5vhes5

Fliterary just posted a blog I wrote about podcast hosting and creating audiobooks. Learn more here:

http://fliterary.blogspot.com/2015/02/expand-your-reach-through-audio-products.html

MB900411777Sometimes I wonder if I should be writing nonfiction rather than fiction. You know, something more profound and educational. And then I read a scene in a novel that teaches me about another country or culture or zaps me between the eyes with an attitude I need to correct, like the novel I just finished. Truth is, a good short story or fiction book mirrors real life and challenges us to become better people as we observe the characters becoming better people.

A great article titled “Characters, Scene by Scene” by David Corbett in the January 2015 Writer’s Digest magazine reads like a counseling session. Several lines caught my attention, like this one: “Characters reveal themselves more vividly in what they do and say than in what they think and feel.”

Ouch! Just because I think I’m a nice person doesn’t mean I am. My words and actions reveal my true thoughts and feelings.

How about this quote? “We reveal ourselves most unequivocally when we’re tested.” Yikes! I usually whine when I’m tested. Revealing, huh.

As I said earlier, good fiction mirrors real life. Yes, we want characters who are just as imperfect as we are. On the other hand, we want them to face and overcome their challenges, to change and grow up out of their self-focused insecurities. Isn’t that what we want for ourselves, our children, our spouses and friends?

Corbett offers psychological tidbits, like – “Even good people have hatred in their hearts.” Really? Squirm. And, “Mercy is a rare state of grace, given the human heart’s propensity for clinging to grievances.” Oops, another squirm.

About food, he says: “It may seem curious to include food as an aspect of a character’s psychology, but it’s often a stand-in for gratifications the character can’t find elsewhere.” Interesting.

And family: “This is the crucible in which much of psychological life is forged. Many of one’s fears, wants, humiliations, etc., trace back to some episode with a family member.”

To read this excellent four-page article, pick up the January Writer’s Digest at your local bookstore or subscribe at writersdigest.com. And make your characters real. Show their weaknesses and their growth as they face and overcome challenges. In addition to entertaining readers, fiction can spur us to maturity. You don’t need to preach or write a sermon. Just tell a good, redeeming story.

On the eve of Christ’s appearance on earth in human form, Steve reads a Christmas poem for you, plus we share a short story, a devotional thought and a couple of great quotes.

Listen all the way through to the fun ending. Merry Christmas from our house to yours! Steve & Becky

Links for this session’s authors: bdriehl.wordpress.com and beckylyles.com

Several friends from my writing group banded together this week for a holiday eBook sale. The above books will Idahope Sale 1sell for 99 cents through Sunday, November 30th. I’ve read quite a few of these stories, and I think you’ll enjoy them as much as I did. Follow this link for more info: http://idahopewriters.org/idahope-sale-starts-today/

In addition, ALL of my eBooks will be available online for 99 cents through December 31st. Those books include Passageways  (shown above), Winds of Wyoming, Winds of Freedom, It’s a God Thing! and On a Wing & a Prayer. For more info, see my Amazon author page: http://tinyurl.com/q4x4hns

If you live in Idaho, you may have seen television ads for print versions of local-author books. Hyde Park Books near downtown Boise partnered in the promotion, and my books can be found on that store’s shelves plus a couple Hastings stores. They can also be ordered through bookstores.

Thanksgiving Day thought: May this day of focusing on gratitude not be lost as we transition into Christmas festivities and busyness. Only because our faithful, loving God’s compassions are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23) do we have reason to celebrate. His greatest Gift, Jesus, is – and always will be – the Reason for the Season. Becky
http://www.beckylyles.com

P.S. I’ll give the first person who sends me an email (beckylyles@beckylyles.com) a free copy (eBook or print) of one of my books – your pick!

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