“From Critically Acclaimed author and owner of A Writer For Life editing, marketing, and coaching service, comes Writing Your Novel using the Bible as your guide.”
Writing Your Novel Using the Bible as Your Guide is a non-fiction teaching tool. It is a study of storytelling elements used throughout the book of Genesis.
Why the Bible?
Well, even if you don’t believe in the text, it is the longest running publication in history with more copies and more translations than any other book in the world. That holds merit as to the quality of the writing and is worth a deeper look, wouldn’t you agree?
I was led to write this book while studying the story of Joseph. As I read through the story, I noticed for the first time that both instances Joseph was thrown into a pit, he had been stripped of his robes first, which represented his status in life. How had I missed that before? I realized the Bible used literary devices in storytelling. Foreshadow. Symbolism. The Power of 3s. The list goes on. It was at this moment when the idea struck me to study the Bible from an author’s perspective. This book is my attempt to do just that.
I feel that Writing Your Novel Using the Bible as Your Guide is unique in that it digs deeper than most writing technique books that only teach basic elements such as plot, character, setting, theme, arc, and plot. By going through each of the 50 chapters in Genesis, the manuscript focuses on specific elements such as foreshadowing, parallels, the nemesis, forcing change, names hold meaning, and even the truth of death and taxes.
First 10 Chapters Outline:
1. In the Beginning: A breakdown of world building to include the proper order and what elements are necessary
2. The Villain and the Vixen: How the bad guy (or gal) and the love interest enter the scene and work in conjunction to thwart the hero from reaching goals
3. Conflict: Ways to build conflict by taking the rules and breaking them
4. The Hero: What makes a great hero and how you can create your own
5. Let it Rain: Making it hard for your characters so they can grow; not by rescuing them, but by forcing them to ride through the storm
6. The Power of Three’s: How working things in three’s enhances our innate desire for satisfaction, much in the way a joke works
7. Foreshadowing through Character: A look at the proper, yet subtle, use of foreshadowing to build the story toward the climax
8. Tension and Strife: The importance of tension and providing just enough strife to keep the story interesting and the characters growing
9. Back-story and Clichés: The proper way to introduce back story and cliché
10. The Sidekick: How to build a perfect match for your main character
Jaimie M. Engle has written professionally since 2003 with more than 100 publications in journals and e-mags throughout the world. In 2013, she published her first middle-grade novel Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light an anti-bullying fantasy adventure awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion in 2015, and The Dredge in 2014, which won the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award. Engle is a regular conference speaker with the Space Coast Writer’s Guild, Eastern Florida State College, the Orange County & Brevard County Library Systems, and the Society of Children Book Writer’s & Illustrators. She speaks regularly to students in Lake and Brevard County, Florida. Engle offers a coaching & editing service for aspiring writers at www.awriterforlife.com. Learn more about her books at www.jaimiengle.com.