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  1. 3 points
    EDITING. Oh, wait, that was a little loud, sorry. I'm editing right now.
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    Ha, ha! The visual in my head is of a paperboy riding after another kid and trying to hit him with the paper.
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    Do your best, let God do the rest. We have no idea the impact our work has upon others. If we are called to write, I am convinced the Lord has an audience in mind, be it small or large. Self publishing in the 21st century is an avenue that produces a quality product without substantial investment and offers a world wide potential for distribution,...ditto for blogs. Such a wonderful opportunity to reach readers, who otherwise we would not met in a million years! The debate for "good" and "bad" writing is subjective. Many a "classic" would not make it past an agent's slush pile today! Do your best, be encouraged that your writing will improve - any venture takes practice, and be assured that "...all things work to the good." - that includes your writing career path. Please know YOUR writing has value in every stage of your writing journey,...the best writing/publishing advice: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. After all all we call ourselves Christian writers for a reason! ❤️
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    Yes, touching hearts is what matters. Commas are important. Spelling is important. Putting out our best work is important. We should always do our best work and not expect the spell checker or God to correct the letters in mispeled words (which the spell checker just did!). But we touch other hearts with humility and an attitude of service. "A soft answer turner away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger" (Proverbs 15:1). We can learn from anyone. Whether we want to learn from someone depends upon how the information is presented.
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    I was told this is the place to introduce myself.. So, hi! I'm TDDracken's wife and the author of The Guardian. I'm not quite as talented at writing as my husband, but I love storytelling through both written and art form. It's nice to meet all of you.
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    Who in here writes specifically for the Christian market? And who writes for the general market? And have you ever entertained the idea of switching from one to the other? .
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    Yes, I assume TDD meant putting out a quality product.
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    Ok, I'll bite. Why can't honesty while teaching a newbie about the business, be stated in a nice way?
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    Actually, there are things called street teams. They are groups of people (Many of who are authors) that agree to help market your book as the release dates draw near. They also give reviews and keeping it in the eyes of their audience for a time after it is published. Readers of the books that are not writers especially love to be able to be involved, and can be made into lifelong fans! As for the authors, it is generally accepted that if you market someone else's book, you are expected to market their book when it comes up for release. One of the many reasons you need to take your audiences trusts extremely seriously.
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    When I first started writing longer short stories and novels I would start great, but then get mired and confused,...how to get from the middle to ending climax,...very discouraging. After a zillion attempts, my office was littered with unfinished manuscripts until I finally realized working backward in plotting was the fastest and easiest route, for me. By starting at the end I know exactly where my story is going, tone and theme are set, foreshadowing is ridiculously easy, like throwing tinsel on a Christmas tree, and the joy of discovery still pops up as we all have those delightfully independent characters who do the unexpected. Granted, it took a while to get used to plotting in reverse, but it works, for me, as my writing time is so incredibly limited I don't have the luxury of not plotting. The real key to productive writing is to go with what works for you - plot or not - it's all subjective. It's more important to enjoy the journey! 😀
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    Just realized this is more fitting for the Reading Room since this is a writing from your blog. If you'd like to share something like this again, add a question at the end to engage others.
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    As others have said, the times when I start to get squicky when watching or reading violence is when it becomes obvious that the intent of the creator was to shock the audience, glorify the violence, or just push the envelope for the sake of getting some kind of weird kudos. In other words, there is no moral lesson or Godly perspective at work in the scene. If there is an intent behind it to show such things as those, I think the scenes will naturally become purposeful and restrained in a certain way, just because of the nature of the writer's mindset. For this reason, I believe a Christian should always write violence prayerfully.
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    I think she means this: Cindy glanced at all the faces around the room. "If anyone has any bright ideas, I'm listening." Tom slammed the table with his fist. "That's it!" As opposed to this: "If anyone has any bright ideas," Cindy said, "I'm listening." She glanced at all the faces around the room. "That's it!" Tom yelled. He slammed the table with his fist. The action implies the attribution without the need for "Tom yelled" or "Cindy said."
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    I am a singularly incurious person, so if I find an agent, that should help me avoid these problems you cite. 😁 I bought the first house I looked at and married the first woman who would say yes. Decisiveness has its place. - Paul
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    I must respectfully disagree with you on this one. I know, it hurt writing that. 😪 Believing that any of us, alone, could ever touch anyone's heart is arrogance. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Galatians 6:3 For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13
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    I'm going to ignore the fact that this sounds like a backhanded insult, and assume you say this in frustration. I agree that if you are trying to publish a book, you should give your very best. That said writing for the Lord is not about your education; it's about making an impact in the heart. It's about letting God speak through your writing. Whether your story reaches millions or God uses it for only the author it matters. God working in anything matters! Albert Einstein flunked math, and we all know how that turned out. Tomas Edison's mother was told he was addle-brained. Still, his mother loved, supported, and encouraged her son, and he turned into one of the best inventors of his century. I get that you can become frustrated with person after person that did not even bother to use a spell check before sending you their manuscripts, but any story that God has inspired matters. No exceptions! As I stated above, there are a lot more than just authors on this site.
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    Lord God, our sister, Alley, one of your children needs your help. Please give her strength to be in the support role you have her in. Provide peace, understanding, and reconciliation to her brother, father and Aunt. Use this to open their hearts to you. Provide the Aunt in hospice peace and comfort during this time. Comfort Alley with the knowledge that you are in control. In Jesus holy name, amen.
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    You know if you had started the topic like this, and listed the pros and cons, this whole conversation would have gone a lot better. After all, we can all agree that both have their pros and cons. I sure you mean well, but the phrasing of your questions and answers come across the computer screen as harsh, and argumentive. I'm sure you don't mean it like that, it's just harder for us when we can't see your face and hear your tone. Also, this site is for more than just authors. There are successful bloggers, successful screenplay writers, people who write a first draft simply for their love of writing and not to be sold; there are editors, that wish to give back to the committee, and publisher who wish to help authors grow and develop their talents. Most importantly there are teenagers on this site that come here because they wish to learn the craft and others teens who wish to learn if this might be something they would like to do. We come together here to help and support each other in Christ. A place where we don't get ripped apart or looked down on for believing in Christ. So let's keep our focus on the only thing that matters. Using our stories to bring honor and glory to God. To use our stories, our lives, and our words to reflect the God that loves, and has mercy on an imperfect world. True earning a living would be nice but pointing others to God should always be our main goal. For the pagans strive after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Matthew 6:32-34 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:4-10 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8
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    Unsure what you mean by "self-pub outfits." I think self-publishing these days isn't so much about being the next breakout, although no doubt there are authors with those dreams. For the most part it can range between making a decent living to earning extra income. That's one of the advantages - it can scale to what you want it to be. No disagreement there, although it does depend on ones definition of "success." However, as with some traditionally published books, there are those that somehow succeed without much work. 😒
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    I don't know where you're getting your self-pub info, but if you want current sales info & analysis, then I suggest you visit Author Earnings. Look at the book report section.
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    For my own story, I knew that I wanted a name that reflected the character's role. I discovered a website called behindthename.com which will tell you the meaning just about any name that you search for.
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    Support Indie-movies makers. The world doesn't need more Hollywood,...the world needs an alternative to Hollywood.
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    I have a slightly different point of view on this, Alley. Yes there are some upticks for releasing books in the holiday season because people are buying gifts. Other than that, book release dates are the wrong focus (in my opinion). First, if you are published by a traditional house, they'll tell you- not the other way around, so that's in their hands. For a self published writer, I'd recommend ignoring all of that and release it when it's ready for market. From there, it's not the date of release that causes problems, it's the lack of quality ongoing sales and marketing. That can be hard and embarrassing work (ever see those poor writers at a bookstore with a table, a pile of their books and everyone in the store except their relatives ignoring them?) or it can be a lot of fun, depending on your personality and work ethic. Working the convention circuit can be really, really trying for some, for example, but for people with more outgoing personalities it's more like torture. Most writers just don't have that "press the flesh" personality. Diligent writers track their word count. Successful writers write everyday, but they should sell everyday, too. Getting sales means selling product. A writer who doesn't sell books everyday shouldn't be surprised at meager results. On the other side of the coin, a writer who sells everyday finds that they actually can make money. So, don't focus on release dates- focus on selling and marketing everyday, just like you do writing each day. There is an old sales story, about a salesman who didn't sell on Monday, because he thought no one wanted to be bothered 0n the first day of the week. He didn't sell on Tuesday, because customers seemed to be more grump on Tuesdays. Wednesday was, of course, hump day, and... well, you can guess the rest of the story. He was so busy focusing on what days were good sales days that he only sold a half a day per week, and you can guess at his sales results. I hope that helps. Concentrate on two things: quality writing everyday and selling everyday. People like being called authors. Almost no one likes being called salespersons. The point is, anyone can be a writer, but without sales, you're never really an author.
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