Jayna Baas

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Jayna Baas (pronounced as in “baa, baa, black sheep”) lives in northern Michigan with a great family of real people and the family of pretend people who live in her head. (Yes, she does know her characters are not real. No, she does not want you to tell them she said so.) She is notorious for working on several projects at once and writing her series in the wrong order. She hones her craft amid loud southern gospel music and an embarrassing number of composition books, and is convinced God wired her to write—she can’t not write, even though she believes German writer Thomas Mann was correct in saying, “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than for other people.” Sh
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Jayna Baas My work-in-progress is the second book in the For Liberty & Conscience trilogy, titled Patriot by Night: A Novel of North Carolina Patriots. Progress …moreMy work-in-progress is the second book in the For Liberty & Conscience trilogy, titled Patriot by Night: A Novel of North Carolina Patriots. Progress is slow, but I'm trusting God's timing!(less)
Jayna Baas 1. Read.
2. Write.
3. Read about writing.
4. Write about reading.

Let me take those one at a time. First, read voraciously. Indie authors, one of the b…more
1. Read.
2. Write.
3. Read about writing.
4. Write about reading.

Let me take those one at a time. First, read voraciously. Indie authors, one of the best things you can do is to read well-established, traditionally published authors who know their craft, because reading professional, well-edited work will hone your sense of good and bad writing. And don't just read the genre you want to write; read the style you want to write. If I read wandering, descriptive prose, my writing tends to become wandering and descriptive. If I read punchy action narratives, my sentences get shorter and tighter.
Second, just write! The more you write, the better you will get. There's no substitute for practice and experience, and I've found that the very act of physically writing can get the creative juices flowing again.
Third, read books about the art and craft of writing. Two of my favorites are Troubleshooting Your Novel by Steven James and The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction by Jeff Gerke. There are abundant blogs, podcasts, courses, and other media as well. Not everything works for everyone, so don't be discouraged if you run into advice that just doesn't help. Check out this helpful video by Ellen Brock to learn about different types of writers.
Last, do some analysis of your favorite books. Write plot summaries. Break down story structure. Write reviews, which can help you pick out the high points of a good book and the low points of a lousy one.
And most importantly, don't give up!(less)
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The Preacher on the Run giveaway ended on May 31, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST. The signed copy and hand-lettered Jefferson quote will be on their way soon. Thank you to everyone who entered! I’ll be in touch soon with your 10% promo code for use in my online store. You can view the finished giveaway here.

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This is like reading real life, only better. Heartbreak and hope, pain and prayer, brokenness and beauty. I love the characters, the excellent dialect, the honest yet hopeful portrayal of human nature. I think we all know an Emma Garrett or an Uncle ...more
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