Rachel Blom

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Character Motivations: The Key to Gaining Reader Empathy

<i>By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund</i><p>I'm currently reading a number of books, not only for personal pleasure, but also because I'm a judge in the national …

10 Rules for Rewriting History

<b>History rides shotgun.</b> Remember that what you’re writing is a <i>novel</i>—not a history book. This means history should be used only to heighten and deepen …

How to Successfully Kill a Character: The Checklist

<b>This post was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.</b><p>I love killing people.<p>Or, rather, I love killing characters. I love it when a noble …

Manipulating the Moods of Our Stories

<i>By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund</i><p>I have three teenagers. Pass me the tissues. We have drama. And quite a bit of it. The mood swings high. And it swings …

unknown youth ministry heroes, part 1

in the last couple weeks, i’ve heard a couple stories of youth workers that were so inspirational and challenging to me. both stories were …

The Source for Youth Ministry

SOME DAYS ARE JUST LIKE THAT

11 months ago in Feb of 2013 I sent this brief Facebook message to a student who I hadn’t seen in a while.<p><i>I tried to contact you a grip of times and</i> …

Top Ten Mistakes Christian Parents of Teens Make

It might be difficult for some parents to read through, but here’s a top ten list that I’ve been wanting to write for a while. Over the next several …

[Infographic] Being A Teen In 2013

Now that 2013 is over it’s always good to reflect on the previous year. Teens in 2013 were exposed to a multitude of things over the year — some good …

Paid Promotions: Has Facebook Turned into the Grinch?

<i>By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund</i><p>As you know, your comments on Facebook (for <i>both</i> your Personal Accounts and Professional Pages) do NOT go out to all of …

How Screenwriting Guru Robert McKee Teaches Brands To Tell Better Stories

If you want everyone from customers to colleagues to believe in your mission, you need to tell them a story, not make an argument.<p><i>It’s hard not to refer to Robert McKee as a “guru.” And why not? McKee, who has been teaching a seminar on screenwriting for 30 years and has written the field’s holy</i> …