Friday Fun Facts: The Fireman

The original name for one of Ray Bradbury’s books was The Fireman. But, he thought it was boring and so did his publisher. So, he made a phone call to his local fire station. He asked them what temperature paper burned. The legend says that the firemen put him on hold and burned a book to find out the temperature. However, says that the temperature that Bradbury used is the “auto-ignition point of paper—the temprature at which it will catch fire without being exposed to an external flame.” Either way, Fahrenheit 451 became a classic.


From an Idea Harvester: Desiderius Erasmus

The desire to write grows with writing.

Plowing Together: Celebrating Courage – Please Comment

Who is the most courageous person you know? What can you write about them? Why do you want to share their story? Tell us your ideas. You may be able to inspire someone else. Or as a community, we may be able to help you hone your idea.

The Face of Courage

fall imageLast week, we again heard the shocking news of a school shooting. This time, it was at a community college in Oregon.

The killer targeted Christians. Reports say that he asked all the Christians to stand up and then asked them if they were a Christian. If they said yes, he shot them in the head. If they said no or didn’t answer, he shot them in the leg.

Chris Mintz is a veteran who was a student in the classroom. He rushed the killer and was shot seven times. He’s expected to live.

Imagine you were in that room. How would you have answered? What kind of courage does it take to proclaim Christ, even though you know it will cost you your life? What kind of courage does it take to rush an armed killer, knowing you could die?

Tell the Stories of Courage

Courageous people are all around us: the brave woman fighting cancer, the teenager who gives a pro-life speech to an antagonistic class, the businessman who refuses to buckle under pressure to cut corners, the bakers who stand for their religious beliefs despite the pressure to do otherwise. Tell their stories.

Interview them. Treat them with respect and they will share powerful insights with you. They’ll give you a story and take-away value to share with your readers. The personality profile you write on them may inspire someone else to live a courageous life.

Markets Want These Stories

Many Christian publications are looking for this type of personality profile. You don’t need to profile a famous person, just a person with an inspiring story to tell.

Let one of these stories inspire your fiction or poetry. Write a story for children to help them make brave choices. Write a how-to article and offer practical tips on developing courage and trusting God in the face of fear. Choose a Bible verse and write a devotion. Use the courageous person’s story as the opening anecdote.

Honor courage. It will elevate your writing to truly touch lives.

© Deborah Christensen

Friday Fun Facts: The Visit of Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish writer, visited with Charles Dickens and his family for five weeks. When he left, Dickens went to the guest room where he stayed and wrote on the mirror: “Hans Andersen slept in this room for five weeks — which seemed to the family AGES!”


Random Trails: Are You Struggling With Your Writing? Let God Decide Where to Put You! | The Write Conversation

This blog post from The Write Conversation appeared at the beginning of 2014. However, for me, it’s timely. I lost my full-time job five months ago. My writing journey has taken me on a very different path. I hope it helps you, too.

The Write Conversation : Are You Struggling With Your Writing? Let God Decide Where to Put You!.

Seeds of Truth: Psalm 37:34

Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path.

Psalm 37:34, NLT

How do you put your hope in the Lord? What does it mean to you to travel steadily along His path? How can you use this verse in your writing?

  • Write a devotion based on this verse. What anecdote would you use?
  • Let this verse inspire poetry or fiction. Try a thriller or mystery.
  • Write a how-to and offer practical tips on living out this verse.
  • Interview someone who lives out this verse and write a personality profile on them.
  • Write a personal experience on this verse. Be sure to tell a story.
  • Write an article or story that helps kids understand this verse.
  • How can you relate this verse to marriage, parenting or singleness?

Plowing Together: Some Inspiration – Please Comment

Yesterday, I talked about the sometimes obscure “holidays” you can use for inspiration. Today is National Coffee Day and VFW Day. Glean one writing idea from each one and share it here. We can inspire each other.

Here are my ideas:

  1. The health benefits of coffee.
  2. Adjusting to life back at home – interviews with veterans.

I’m going to stick these in my idea file. What about you?

Those “Little” Holidays

hibiscusGrandparents Day was September 13. National Punctuation Day was last week. Last night, we witnessed the Blood Moon lunar eclipse. Little holidays and events occur every day. Do some research and you’ll find anything from National Chocolate Day to an historical commemoration.

You can find writing inspiration in all of these celebrations, holidays and events. For example, write a personal experience piece about your relationship with your grandparents. Write a how-to article about building relationships with grandchildren. Write a novel with a grandmother as the protagonist. Write a poem about grandparenting. Interview a grandfather and write a personality profile of him. These are ideas you can glean just from Grandparents Day.

What ideas can you come up with from National Punctuation Day or the lunar eclipse? You could write something to help your readers understand proper punctuation. Or, you could write a science article for kids to help them understand the eclipse.

I found a great website that lists these “holidays”:

If you’re stuck for an idea, research the “little” holidays and events. Something might just pop out at you and inspire you to write. As for me, I know I can find some inspiration in National Chocolate Day.

© Deborah Christensen

Friday Fun Facts: William Faulkner

William Faulkner was born on this day in 1898. His books include The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying and Absalom, Absalom. He didn’t earn enough with his novels to support his family. So, he also wrote short stories, which appeared in magazines, and screenplays. Two films, To Have and Have Not, which came out in 1944, and The Big Sleep, which was released in 1946, were critically acclaimed and starred Humphrey Bogart. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1949. Until his death in 1963, he lectured at colleges.


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