The Crossings

The Intersection of Faith and Art.


September 2019


By Emily Oliver It was the highest stakes game of rock-paper-scissors ever played. People asked for years to come why Wallace would ever bet so much on random chance, but the truth was, he really thought he was going to... Continue Reading →

How do I develop conflict and tension in my story?

So you’ve developed a plot and created your characters. Now, you have to make your readers care. As your characters begin their story and live out the plot you’ve created, there must be tension in your writing. You don’t simply... Continue Reading →


By Stephanie Hickner Not all rainy days are riddled with bad luck. More often than not, I will tread through a dreary, wet, Thursday, feeling as if the sidewalks are paved with gold. When skies are clear and weather is... Continue Reading →

What I Saw in the Window

By Emily Oliver I’ve been told I’m paranoid. I mean, not that I’m told much of anything anymore. That’s just another beautiful result of moving to the middle of nowhere: people don’t feel as inclined to come tell you what... Continue Reading →

Night Swim

By Nic Weimer I glanced down into the reflection of the evening-sky over the still waters. I watched the small wakes, created by my quiet splashing feet, cross the lake’s surface. They bent and warped the image in its progression... Continue Reading →

How much backstory should I use?

Writing backstory can be a delicate balance. Write too much and your readers will get bored waiting for the plot to move forward, but don’t write enough and you’ll leave readers hopelessly confused. A masterful writer will know how to... Continue Reading →

Deep Breaths

By Stephanie Hickner Deep breaths and pillows for lips I never forgot how you and I so tightly fit Like two corner pieces jammed until the edges split Buttoned pockets and Eyes that swim Turn around again And I’ve drowned... Continue Reading →

Sonnet (Inspired by Virginia Woolf)

By Hunter Martsolf The waves guide me to the Lighthouse in time Anxiety is building as to when The Lighthouse journey is about the climb  I hope that my world does not start to spin Splash and crash the tide... Continue Reading →

How do I develop a plot?

A traditional plot development traces the action of the plot through exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. However, some writers do not find this to be a useful way to conceptualize their plots. Janet Burroway in Imaginative Writing... Continue Reading →

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