Last week, I posted some informations and answers that promoted a Blog Tour which described my writing process. I promoted a couple links to a few other writer’s blogs that I know. The following post is a re-post from a friend of mine’s blog. His name is Bruce Atchison, and he has also given a brief bio, plus answers to the writing process questions.
Thanks for dropping by, and thanks to Bruce for taking part in the writer’s process, and the Blog Tour 2014. Have a great day, and here we go!
Bruce Atchison is a legally-blind Canadian freelance writer with articles published in a variety of magazines. He has also authored these three paperbacks:
“When a Man Loves a Rabbit: Learning and Living with Bunnies” is a memoir of the surprising facts he discovered about house rabbits.
“Deliverance from Jericho: Six Years in a Blind School” is his
recollection of being sent five hundred miles from home for months at a stretch.
“How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity” shows how God led Atchison out of a legalistic house church.
You can contact Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also via Facebook or Twitter.
Bruce also posts regularly on his blog sites at the following addresses:
Atchison lives in a tiny Alberta hamlet with his house rabbit, Deborah.
Bruce Atchison WRITING PROCESS – BLOG TOUR
Thanks to Traci Macdonald for letting me be a part of this blog tour. It’s my first time at this so please be lenient with me if I mess up. Thanks.
1) What am I working on?
At the moment, I’m promoting my most recent book called How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity. As the subtitle suggests, it’s my testimony of being in a toxic house church and how God led me providentially to the correct understanding of himself as well as the Bible. Because nobody mentored me, I knew nothing about dangerous false gospels. No one invited me to church either. I found my spiritual nourishment through radio shows, particularly The World Tomorrow. When a friend finally did invite me to a Bible study, it was led by a self-proclaimed prophet with decidedly unorthodox views of Scripture. Now I want to warn naive believers away from the false gospels which the apostle Paul spoke of in Galatians 1:6-9.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Instead of a didactic exposition of the wrong doctrines I learned and the correct ones biblically-literate teachers taught me, I believed that showing how I was deceived and then corrected would be a better way to instruct people. Unfortunately, various apologetics radio hosts and teachers didn’t help me promote my testimony. Neither have many Christians expressed interest in my story.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I’ve always liked telling stories. As a boy, I couldn’t play sports with the others due to my poor vision. So I ended up telling funny stories to the girls at recess. I love the process of converting ideas into articles, reviews, and stories. Fiction is particularly exciting for me since I can let my imagination loose. It saves a lot of research work.
4) How does your writing process work?
I usually get an idea and let it ferment in my mind. If it seems exciting enough to write about, I type a rough draft on my PC. Then I listen to my screen reader speak what I’ve written aloud and make corrections as needed. Once I’ve used the spell check function and made it as cohesive as I can, I submit it to a publisher or upload it to my blog. I also query editors before I write articles so I won’t have a great bit of prose with nowhere to send it.
On June 30, I hope to have Ruth Snider, a member of the InScribe Writers Group, with her replies to the questions for this blog tour. Ruth L. Snyder was privileged to spend the first 10 years of her life in southern Africa where her parents served as missionaries. From there her family moved to Canada, settling in Three Hills, Alberta. Ruth enjoyed her years as a “staff kid” at Prairie and is grateful for the biblical grounding she received there. She now resides close to Glendon (the pyrogy capital of Alberta, Canada) with her husband and five young children. Ruth enjoys writing articles, devotionals, short stories, and Christian fiction. She is a member of The Word Guild and The Christian PEN. Ruth currently serves as the President of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
On July 6th, I hope to have Michael B. Birtchet’s answers here. Mike is a musician living in Portland Oregon. He also is the author of Slow Time, a science fiction novel. I don’t have the link for his book at this time but I’ll be sure to put it here next week.