August 2001
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Rev. Cornelius R. Wheeler

There is worth and importance in the act of fasting, but you can fast until you are blue in the face and if you fail to “…love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind…” and “love thy neighbor as thyself,” fasting will not keep you from burning in hell.  There are certain (I call them) secondary doctrinal issues that will not keep us from our reward in heaven, but they will keep us separated and divided and hairsplitting with each other while the enemy, sin, goes merrily along unscathed and unnoticed and doing his thing.  Satan loves the issue of fasting.  He loves the issue of the woman’s role in the church.  He loves the debates over custom and tradition versus (what I call) real world, urban theology.  Satan loves talk of hats and earrings and neckties and pants suits and processed hair and corn rows and putting your finger in the air and color of robes and length of sermons and Holy Ghost versus Holy Spirit and who sits where and who does what. 

Satan loves that stuff.  As long is we stay mired down in trivial talk about secondary issues he can come and go and seek and destroy to his evil heart’s content.  Understanding all of everything is not the point.  The Apostle Paul told us “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known”.

We’re going to have plenty of time to talk about philosophy and mysteries and knowledge when we get to heaven.  That song we sing says, “We’ll understand it better, by and by”.  There is a whole lot of stuff that we just do not know right now.  The time for those investigations and inquiries will come after a while.  But as for now, ours is a job to “…seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and [let the glories of God] be added unto you”.

Secondary doctrinal issues, those things that may be worth discussing one day but not worth dividing that the devil can conquer.  “Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?”

Idelia Phillips cont.

There are times when telling, of course, can enhance the story, and prepare the reader for peak moments or events. Telling slows the action and prepares the reader for the big event. Even in this case, it’s best not to do too much telling. The end result  - the reader becomes bored or disinterested.

In the examples below, try your hand at changing them so that they are more descriptive.

He kissed her briefly. She trembled and felt weightless.   Jerrilyn was afraid. The man was too big, too broad. Matt dug into his pocket for some change. He had only two quarters. Not enough for a phone call to Mariah.

After you have mastered the art of showing vs. telling, revise again. Writing is revising and revising and revising. Keep writing.

 Idelia P. Phillips began her professional career as a biologist. She has a B.S. in Biology & Chemistry from Siena College, an MPH in Public Health from the University of Tennessee, and a doctorate in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. She and her husband, Andrew, an environmental project manager, live in Florida. Visit her site at: 


Lee E. Meadows cont.

The category of the Amateur-Unintentional have grown with the addition of Atlanta Journalist Patricia Conley (Coleman, 1998), Baltimore Journalist Darryl Billups (Walker, 1997), Self-centered beauty Jewel Averick (Saxton, 1997), Street musician Nanette Hayes (Carter, 1997), NewOrleans Journalist Aimee Dubois (Edwards, 1997), Educated cleaning woman Ruby Gordon (Banks, 1998) and semi-retired travelers Joe and Dottie Loudermilk (Haywood, 1994). Unlike the traditional mainstream amateur-unintentional, there is a great deal of room in which to incorporate many other occupations and characters consistent with the growth of African-Americans in mainstream professions.

Lee Meadows attended Michigan State University where he earned a BA in Telecommunications, an MA in Counseling and Adult Development and a Doctorate in Higher Education and Management.  He is the husband to an equally talented wife, Phyllis and they are the parents of a six-year-old son named Garrison.  Visit Lee Meadows’ at to preview the list of African-American Mystery Authors.

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Wanda Moorman cont.

I would also like to thank the many authors and aspiring writers who have expressed an interest in being guest columnists in the upcoming editions of LitLine.  I plan to schedule everyone who wants to be a guest columnists as long as the material they wish to have published meets the guidelines and criteria of the newsletter.  Please feel free to contact me to obtain the guidelines if you are interested in     contributing to LitLine.

The writer's contest has been extended through August 31, 2001 to give entrants an opportunity to submit their best stories.  For those who are planning to enter the contest, please hold your entries, make any changes you wish since the deadline has been extended to midnight, August 31, 2001, Eastern Time.  The contest rules have been updated to reflect this extension.

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