Continued thoughts on Nice Guy Syndrome

I recently wrote a post about Harold Lauder, a character from Stephen King's¬†The Stand. I mentioned that Harold has a thing called "Nice Guy Syndrome."One criticism of that post came from a man who complained, "Can't be nice, can't be a jerk! It's tough being a male!"I'm truly sorry if anyone else got the vibe from my last post that I don't like nice guys. That wasn't my intent. In fact, I love nice guys. I'm dating one. I appreciate any man who goes out of his way to be kind to others. I am … [Read more...]

The Stand and Nice Guy Syndrome

One of my favorite books of all time is Stephen King's The Stand, an epic tale in which 99% of the human race is killed by a super-flu. The story follows the survivors, as they fight to make their way in a post-apocalyptic world.My favorite character in the book (and one of my favorite female literary characters of all time) is Frannie Goldsmith, a strong,¬†pregnant, college-aged woman who loses everyone she knows to the super-flu- everyone, that is, except her best friend's brother, Harold … [Read more...]

Why I Shouldn’t Write (According to Me)

Writing is hard work sometimes...Like right now, for instance.I've always felt called by God to write. That's my part right now in this race that we call the Christian life. But I must admit that I've spent most of my life on the sidelines. Why?Because I made too many excuses.But lately, as I've been pondering these excuses, and as I've been reading advice from writers that I look up to, I've been learning something. Most excuses aren't legitimate.These are my 5 most commonly used … [Read more...]

When Stephen King Punched Me in the Face (figuratively speaking)

For the past four days, I have been blogging daily. I know that may not seem like much of an accomplishment, but if you'll take a look at the dates of my other blog posts, you'll notice that this is a new record for me. My previous record for most consecutive days in which I blogged is probably a whopping 1.But, a couple weeks ago, I finished reading Stephen King's book, On Writing (which is a must-read for anyone who wants to be a writer, by the way). It inspired me, encouraged me, but most … [Read more...]


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