All posts tagged: questions

Confronting a Crisis of Faith by Briana Lassiter

” ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’” ~JEREMIAH 33:3 We all experience a crisis of faith at different times in our life. During that crisis, we can do two things. We can stifle the questions out of learned religious behavior or the fear of being rejected by God, or even of fear of what we may find. Or we can ask those questions, and allow things in our faith to get ugly for a time until our questions are answered. If we ignore our crisis of faith or our doubt and unbelief, not only does it leave the door open for more doubt and unbelief to fester, it also closes off the possibility of our questions being answered if we refuse to ask. As He says, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). If we just allow ourselves to ask God our questions, it opens the door for Him to speak the answers we need to hear …

The Blessing in Hunger: Faith for Creatives by Briana Lassiter

*Originally Published June 23, 2019 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” ~MATTHEW 5:6 NKJV Do you find yourself bursting with questions, hard questions about God, about life, about purpose, about what is right and true? A lot of times we might feel discouraged while we wait for God to answer our hard questions, and yet here is our Savior saying, you are blessed for your hunger. And your hunger will be satisfied. Your questions will be answered. If you find yourself hungering after answers you have not received yet about who you are, who God is, or what your purpose is, you are blessed, and you can trust that He is building in you even now, the answers, and even now you are blessed to receive and know the truth of everything you’re hungry for. There may be a process to receiving, but you will still receive. He is a faithful God and He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it …

Why I Write: A Quote & Question

I began writing about power because I had so little.” ~Octavia E. Butler If you ask most writers, published or not, why they commit themselves and endless hours of their lives to writing, and or the topics they choose to write about, many will take pause before giving you their answer. For most, the answer is multi-layered, generally revolving around the sun of cathartic warmth. We write to obtain release from pressure, we write, like the late Octavia E. Butler, because we feel powerless in our real world, but we are in complete control over the worlds we create. (Even that is to a degree…strong willed character’s will fight their creators.) My reasons for writing, my layers begin with a sense of “have to.” To not write means I am making the commitment to become a tense, grumpy grouch, with very little focus. I become stagnant in all things as the weight of words that need release, have taken me hostage. The characters in my imagination begin gnawing off my mental ears, blinding my eyes with the veil of …

Words: How Many Are TOO Many For A Single Chapter?

I just recently posted the 11th chapter of my blog novel, Ascension Graveyard, and upon copying and pasting the document in the word process here online, I noticed something…. My word count had gone over 5,000 in that chapter alone! I considered cutting the chapter but after skimming over it, I found that there was no place that would really work, and allow me to maintain the flow of the moment. So I left it as is. QUESTION? How many words are too many words for a single chapter in a novel? I like to hover somewhere between 1,000 and 3,500. I will, on occasion, allow somewhere around 4,000, but how many do YOU think is too many? PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS AND WHY IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. Cheers!

Writing Process: A Question-What is Your Process?

For the last five years I had been the sole proprietor of a small business. It was hard, honest work-work that ate up most of my mental time, and creativity. I enjoyed it for the season that I was dedicated to it, but I recently closed that business, and have found myself with somewhat of a void. What I mean is that where nearly ever waking hour of my day was dedicated to the growth and production of this business with as many moments stolen away to dedicate to my writing, I know find myself wearing a different hat; one where my muscle memory is focused in “business mode” but I am clearly standing in the land I have longed to be in for many years now, and that is the world of writing! Now that I have all of this time on my hands to actually write, I find myself struggling to make the best use of it. Don’t get me wrong, I get at least 1,500 words in a day, but that is …