Agape (Ancient Greek ἀγάπη, agapē) — a Greco-Christian term referring to unconditional love
Agape is probably one of the most unlikely forms of love explored in any other character beyond the occasional extreme hero in the hero's journey because it's also one of the hardest forms of love to portray in a way that's relatable to readers. But why does the latter part matter?
"Why things matter" is the question we're unpacking this week. Why things matter to characters, and therefore why they matter to readers. Why even the worst offenses can be forgiven by a moral reader by giving context of the character's ongoing conflict. Redemption arcs, corruption arcs, hero's journey arcs, and everything in between:
The answer, in its simplest form, is love.
For the month of love and romance, I interviewed contemporary romance author Vanessa Luisa. Our conversation covered everything from her experiences as avid romance reader all the way to publishing her debut, MV, this year, to themes in romance stories, as well as her biggest tips for writing!
The superpower of all writers, poets, artists of all mediums and kinds. In this post, we're going to be taking a look at wonder, a part of the process of Making Stuff Up that's usually given a more professional-sounding name that differs depending on the details of said Stuff.
What is wonder, and what is it used in?
Welcome to the brand new Juven blog, which will be home to weekly blog posts on everything from book reviews to interviews and conversations with those from the community — and even guest posts — to posts on the craft of writing itself. But more importantly, of course, we at Juven would like to make it a sort of home to you as well. Anyone with a love for writing and art is welcome here, and this place will hopefully feel as much yours as it does Juven's.
What can you expect from this space?
Juven is not a word, but it is the stem of a word "juvenile," but we decided against that because it didn't have the same ring. Juven is the companion literary magazine and press to The Young Writers Initiative. We wanted to rebrand and make Juven something that thrives on its own as well, and we do have some ambitious plans (like chapbooks, anthologies, and even novels). Juven is dedicated to youthful voices, but our press is not restricted to writers under 26 because we want to open the possibilities, but we're always looking for work that reminds us of that juven spirit.
But what does it mean be have a "juven" spirit with your writing?