Saturday, July 28, 2018

July Wrap-Up: Beating the Heat

Here in Maine, it's hot and humid and gray.

Clouds hang low over the lakes, often dumping rain out of nowhere. The green of the trees is often muted by the darkness of the shadows that conceal the sun, and thunder shakes the glass in the windows and sets all the dogs to barking. Some days there is nothing to be done but lie on your stomach in front of a fan and weep for the lack of air conditioning.

And yet, it is beautiful here. Pure blue water gleams like sapphire under the sun on the days when the clouds decide to leave us alone, and sometimes the sun actually lets its heat subside enough that going outside is bearable and preferable to staying in. There's a rugged beauty to this state that cannot be summed up in words, and despite the heat, it's gorgeous here.

What is the point of this ramble?

Some days, in our quest for clean writing, we find ourselves on the front lines of the fight against vulgarity and ugliness. The heat can be unbearable. People grow livid, conversations get ugly, publishers churn out books crawling with smut and things that make our faces burn, and there doesn't seem like there's an end in sight.

I want to encourage you all to keep going despite the heat. To find the beauty in the midst of it. There's wonderful moments of triumph in this fight, and days when the darkness is almost non-existent. When you find that perfect clean makes it all worth it.

Our team has been up to quite a bit this month, so let's look at how we've spent the month of July beating the heat. ^_^

July Posts

How to Write GOOD Clean Fiction: A Guest Post by Josie Beth is where one of our readers talks about great techniques to  write clean fiction practically!

"Should We Include Other Faiths in our Stories?" is a thought-provoking post by team member Melissa Gravitis about what including diversity of belief in fiction can do for your novels!

Romanticized Abuse: A Guest Post by Amy Nikita

A brilliant look at the way so much modern YA takes disgusting displays of abuse and toxic relationships and makes them supposedly "shippable" and "romantic." 

Social Media and Stats


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Around the Blogosphere

An author who is near and dear to many of us on the team and to our followers, K.A. Emmons, published the second book in her Blood Race series, Worlds Beneath! Her blog tour has brought her to the blogs of team members Lila, Faith, and Audrey, as well as to those of many of our followers. 

Our dear Keturah Lamb turned 22 this month! She wrote a beautiful post reflecting on that birthday and the lessons she's learned in twenty-two years over on her blog. 

Audrey Caylin, as well as many others around the blogosphere, attended the epic Realm Makers writers' conference for Christian speculative fiction, and Audrey won a scholarship for next year's conference! A huge congrats to her. <3 

What do you do when writing gets tedious and the world and characters don't make sense? Melissa Gravitis deals with this question in her post about "play" in our writing. 

Final Thoughts

No matter how much difficulty we might deal with in our fight for clean literature, it's worth it. Facing down the heat will be hard sometimes, but we can do it. Come on, fellow rebels. Let's make August a month to remember.


  1. Can’t wait to see what the Rebellious Writing team will be up to in August! Great wrap-up post, Faith!

  2. I love your intro. <3 So uplifting!

    And the whole wrap-up is so nicely written! Great job, Faith. <3

  3. Another excellent post from Rebellious Writing! Keep going strong!

    Danielle |

  4. Wonderful post intro! All the posts this month were insightful and helpful, an I’m excited for next month’s. :D Thanks for sharing!

  5. Looking forward to more great posts by rebellious writers! =)

    Micaiah @ Notebooks and Novels

  6. Awesome wrap-up, Faith! Thank you for the encouragement to keep looking for beauty!!