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  1. 3 points
    Thanks so much! What a blessing to see this posted this morning. You don't know how much I appreciate your encouragement! As for supporting us, I encourage you just to tell people (that you feel would benefit from the site) about us. Also, I always appreciate suggestions on features and/or how we can make the site more useful to you and others. Please know we are also blessed by your participation and fellowship. It's really our members who make CW such a wonderful place to hang out, and we appreciate you all, as well!
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    I learned to write by... writing. Then getting a bunch of books by writing that told me I'd just made every mistake in the books. The more you write, the better you get.
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    I know there's a place for this kind of post, but I can't seem to find it. So I'll post here and a board mod can move it appropriately. I"m living my dream! My book got on Amazon yesterday!! I'm so stoked!! https://www.amazon.com/dp/0989899950/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519077057&sr=1-1&keywords=darvis+mccoy
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    From author DiAnn Mills. https://www.livewritethrive.com/2018/02/08/15-ways-to-strengthen-writer-courage/
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    "See, my dog doesn't like people laughing. He kinda gets the uncomfortable feeling like they're laughing at him..."
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    Commas are not entirely unnecessary. They can save lives, as in "Let's eat Grandpa" vs "Let's eat, Grandpa."
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    Every sentence needs at least four commas! ...why is everyone looking at me like that?
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    Just make sure their hydraulic pumps are working so they don't jitter and fall
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    I've tried Contour - I feel like it's a budget Dramatica but for movies. I've used Dramatica to do it, but it takes usually a whole week of my life I'll never get back, so I stopped.
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    At this point, I'm half-convinced the only people making real money are selling writing HOWTO books.
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    Wasn't an either or statement... was just saying you have to connect emotionally
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    Oh, boy. That's calling to me! Should I go find a secular writer's guide to pitch my Pasteur story to general audience publisher? Only God knows. I agree, Nicholas, but there is a place for the head, too, especially for us natural skeptics. That's the beauty of story; you can have emotions wrapped around thought encased in action. Everyone finds something resonating when it's expertly crafted!
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    Oh, I like that, Nicola! Sometimes people are just looking for entertainment, but find something more! That can be a more effective way of reaching some people than preaching at them.
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    Okay! Here's the scoop! Your Golem needs the word "truth" on his right hand. It's pronounced "Emet" (eh-met)., aleph mem tav. אֱמֶת If the begining Aleph (right most letter) is wiped off, he becomes met - dead. That's how the legend goes. Golems are pretty good for putting the star on top of the tree, by the way. This is so cool!
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    If Quentin Tarantino can do it for Samuel L. Jackson's Jules Winnfield, I can imagine it happening for Godzilla.
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    Anything more than enough is too much.
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    God has no grandchildren. He is, however, looking to each generation to pass knowledge of Him down to the next age of His children. The teens I meet are profoundly respectful and curious to meet someone completely and unswervingly convinced of and in relationship with God. Those that live outside their screens, however briefly every day, will see the horizon before it knocks them out. Those who live inside the screen better talk to Grace. Come, Lord Jesus, come.
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    I second the acclaim to Lynn and Rebecca! The site runs like clockwork and has all manner of cyber loops to aide communication. I've told people on Wattpad and Twitter about this place. Some have even joined. The more the merrier!
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    Thank you, Suspensewriter and Nicholas, for allowing this tangent on Phy's post to be public. I know nothing of Martial Arts except that there is a spiritual element that does conflict with Christian theology. There is true value to the physical training and mental discipline of these arts. I rejoice that the two of you are taking advantage of them. I will pray for you to reconcile the elements that are not beneficial. You will invent a new form by your struggles. Now, Phy, I have never seen this in print. Thank you for teaching it to me. I will look for it in my writing.
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    The best thing I did was spend a few years taking an hour at lunchtime to focus on writing - I spent the first 30 minutes reading something to 'sharpen the saw', reading writing HOWTO books and articles. My favorite book on this topic is the shortest, Stephen King's book ON WRITING. You'd think someone who writes so many large tomes would also write a long book on writing, but only the second half of his slim book is actually devoted to writing. His tips are pretty basic and really powerful. The second 30 thirty minutes I devoted to reading for pleasure - if you don't enjoy reading, you'll have a hard time writing books others will enjoy reading, so spend a lot of time getting familiar reading the kinds of things you'd like to write. I did that for for a few years and realized I was restless - I'd acquired a lot of knowledge but wasn't doing much with it. You can be too prepared. At some point in time, you just have to write. Which leads me to the next logical part of it - the hardest part of all, sitting down and actually writing. The best thing I ever did was compete in the NaNoWriMo contest where I forced myself to write the first draft of a novel in 30 days. I went through all the phases they predicted and when I punched through and finished that first draft, completing 55k words in 30 days, I felt an immense confidence which has never left me. Actors act, farmers farm, writers write. Finish something to your satisfaction and start something else. Do that over and over until you're good at it. That's pretty much it.
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    I'm so glad you're writing, Tom. One word of advice- have some fun with it or you'll go crazy like the rest of us.
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    Let's see: I speak both mid (Arkansas) and Appalachian hillbilly, but the mysteries of lower Alabamian hillbilly are frankly beyond me. My knowledge of Detroit ghetto talk is actually pallid and I find myself asking over and again "What?" My knowledge of Detroit business talk is limited to saying that "I didn't know I couldn't park there, so please don't give me a ticket." However, I can distinguish between Tupperware and Styrofoam with my eyes clothes ninety percent of the time I have compiled a list of questions to ask the older people in my community, beginning with why it is they keep repeating the phrase "Get off of my lawn!" at the top of their lungs. Another thing I'm fairly knowledgeable in is the art of TIG welding a silencer onto a revolver simply to prove that I can do it, and, yes, I can do it with a suppressor as well Something I'm very proud of is having learned the language of squirrels. For example, when they scratch on the kitchen screen with their right paw it means "Go get your wife and tell her to bring peanut butter crackers." She is quite famous for that recipe. Something I learned in survival training was that I cannot cause twigs to burst into flames simply by glaring at them, no matter what Lois Lane says. I have a great many more interesting areas of expertise and abilities, but none of you, except perhaps Nicholas, Z, and Carolinamtne have the security clearances to hear about. In fact, just reading the list of my capabilities above may put you at risk for a visit from the Men in- yes, you've got it- Black. So stretch that through your head for a while as we say in Arkansas.
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    No, all I'll need to say is by the grace of God.
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    One more thing, Nicola and the rest of you- I'm learning a lot about writing graceful and gracious responses from you all.
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    I enjoyed the great good pleasure of attending the Drumheller Badlands Passion play last summer. For the first time they commissioned a composer to write music for the play. They cast the character of the Holy Spirit as a hooded woman with a torch. She sang (wordless melismas) the world into being, handed the torch to Adam, and took the torch from Ezekiel, I think. When Jesus was baptized, the Spirit handed Him the torch. When He was crucified. the Spirit lamented and I will never forget the sound of that song. When He rose again, the Spirit rejoiced and welcomed Him into Heaven when He ascended. I was intrigued by the song more than anything, just because I am a musician. I did contemplate the representation of the Spirit on stage. I believe He was portrayed very tastefully. If you do it this way, I believe you have an opportunity to give a companion message to your readers, that the Holy Spirit indwells us, and God invites us into His compassion, and that those who obey and sit Sheva (the number 7 to represent completeness) (comes from the book of Job) with the suffering, are His most beloved servants. They are one with Him in the most powerful way. To address the gender issue, I am intrigued that you, Phy, and RADerdyn, as well as the Drumheller people, are including the feminine in your portrayals. I trust and know the three of you to be prayerful and sensitive to God's leading. I believe in looking to the community of prayerful, sensitive believers to see God, and I feel more comfortable including the feminine in God's image because I see you thinking this way. Not that I ever had trouble with that! God is genderfull. We are not, and we want to be God, don't we? That's why we fight (in an earthly sense. I do not imply that we are fighting here. I deeply appreciate your question Phy, and everyone's thoughtful answers!) about this.
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    David Farland talking with Orson Scott Card about how magical good writing can be.
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    We needed a fish story to cap our discussion! Archaeologists will wonder 1000 years from now, about the odd religious texts that involved the sacrifice of a fish. Agreed. Trouble starts when we try to be the fourth member of the Trinity. We are called to join Him in the work, but never to direct or get ahead.
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    Yikes! No wonder it didn't sell. Can't believe that first cover. Ugh! A cover can be the death or birth of a book. Extremely important. I don't think you're the only cover snob, Phy! I love roaming through the covers up for awards every few months by The Book Designer. Well, he calls them ebook designs. I haven't seen any in a while. Should be up soon. One can learn a lot just by looking through those. I remember your covers, Phy. They were always great!
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    Great devo, Phy! Sounds similar to mine, except that mine are about twice as long. I try to make them shorter but the Lord keeps sticking in other thoughts for me to add. Many times, I dig into the Greek or Hebrew definitions which adds more. I do love to dig deeper! I do try not to beat my readers over the head with a Bible!
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    Very good article! A friend of mine used to say if you're afraid you've written preachy fiction, bury the manuscript in a box in the back yard, and then go fishing for a weekend. If, when you get back, you think it's worth digging up, then do so the day after you cook and eat the fish. If you think it was too preachy to save, then bury what's left of the fish on top of the manuscript box. He was a disciplined but rather unforgiving writer. I fervently disagreed with him, but mostly because I am a vegetarian.
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    And then you could afford to continue farming!
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    Happy farming! Whether you continue with your phone or do as SW suggested, keep up the research. The more you know about the time period, the more authentic your work will be. And remember to keep your eyes on the field ahead while you are talking on the phone, or somebody will know where you had your next idea.
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    Tracy, that essay is a must read for anyone writing fantasy. The whole idea of sub-creator (which, to an extent can be applied to any fictional writing) is marvelous. If you enjoy thinking about such things, I would suggest tracking down a copy of "The Mind of the Maker" by Dorthy Sayers. She was a writer of detective stories, and a friend of Tolkien's and Lewis's. She was an avowed Christian, and the book actually lays out her view that writing (and other artistic creative endeavors) is a trinitarian act: creation, presentation to the world, and response of the readers to it. It is really quite fascinating and credible. Suspensewriter, shame on you for not having read any fantasy. The penultimate fantasy is "The Lord of the Rings" but of course it is rather long (unless you really get into it, in which case it is way too short). Failing that, "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe" is a quick, easy and fun read. "Phantasties" by George MacDonald is also a very interesting fantasy. He does a great job of filling his world with fantastical creatures, but you always know that God is there too.
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    I'm excited to see the community raising its head above the bunker. There will be shots from all sides. Our helmets might get dented. In the end, we'll celebrate that we are known as a force to lift hearts of story lovers everywhere.
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    Thank you! As someone who enjoys a great deal of literature and film I also find it difficult to recommend particular books or films due to their content. I too wish there was something I could enjoy watching where I did not have to wade through all the sex and swearing. I am also a fan of sci fi and fantasy and love Harry Potter, time travel and all the rest. It is sad there are a lot of side eyes. I just put up a post not long ago about what we could learn from non Christian literature and most of the responses where if it had the wrong ideas then it was thrown in the bin. In response to what you said about dragons, elves etc. I have to wonder if Tolkien would have been welcome in Christian literature today or C.S Lewis. Tolkien also wrote an essay on the importance of fairy stories which you can read online. I think his main points were that many of the themes in fairy stories cover eternal themes. Many have also argued that children's literature is the only specific type of literature to handle so obviously the fight against good and evil. I would say that as much as Christians may dislike it, Harry Potter does fulfil this function in much the same way as any literature does. As I said in a previous post, I have not read a lot of Christian literature and that which I have read has appeared quite simplistic, and childish(and not in a good way). I don't want to read a book that a 10 year old would feel comfortable reading and understanding, I want a book or a programme, or a film with some meat on its bones and something difficult and profound to discuss. For example we watched War Room a while back in housegroup. I did not have the heart to tell the woman who brought it what I really thought so I said it was nice. Which is one of the most damning epitaphs I have for a piece of art. It was simplistic, theologically questionable i.e. I didn't know that you could stop your husband cheating on you just by praying for it (sounds like the emotional version of prosperity gospel), and the nice happy ending of course. vomit! If you want a book that covers similar themes and is a lot more meaty then read 'The Tennant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Bronte. Just because a book is written by a Christian does not mean that it has to be simplistic. If anything it should be facing touch meaty issues which other books fail to.
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    Okay, I have a different idea about this than you do. I feel some serious brilliancy about to break free. Show us more, maybe in the critique section. No detail hammering, I promise. It's just that this a better feel, I think, than you are giving it credit for at this stage in your career. I'd like to see more. Yes, it can do without the micro-infodump, but there is something about the time/distance from the opening sentence to the immediacy of his presence in the mother's room that plays very well. I'm talking as a reader, and, as you should know, the reader's opinion, when gathered in sufficient numbers, always trumps the author's opinion. So I'm one. If you post more, we could go for two.
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    Welcome aboard, Jessie! It's great to have you here!
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    I'm still trying to figure out who I am (in more ways than one--I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up--IF I grow up). I don't anticipate making a lot of money, and I'm not a literary (or any other kind) genius. I would like to fight the good fight, but not with anger. My stories are not flying off the shelves, and I haven't stopped writing, so .,. are there any other choices?
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    Are we, in actual fact, debating how Christian the world isn't any more? Or how Christian it dares to not be? Or how non Christian we dare to be? There have been non Christian influencers in the Christian community since before Paul. The line has always been smudged. The question has always been worthy of debate. Our hearts have always required searching to see how closely we follow Jesus' heart.
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    The Writer's Guide to Fight Scenes I found another one! After hours of searching on Google!
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    I'm right here, RiaDimitra!! I love reading books in exchange for reviews! I even email the review to the author and get her approval before posting it. And we decide together which sites I will post it on. I like helping other writers achieve their goals. And I ALWAYS have to be reading something! I couldn't go a day without reading!
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    I recommended the Chin Na because the variety taught on Songshang Mountain (sing it! "Shao-lin, Shao-lin...") actually can be done in zero G. You're both going to tumble,, but it's going to spin the other person in exactly the way you want them to go! The other thing was, it had to be a skill that could be transmitted to someone by memory transfer, DNA potato chip or Vulcan Mind Meld. There's distinct forms of Chin Na - the kind I learned was the Songshang mountain variety. "First, break his wrist...:" There's a variety south of the Yallu that has a lot more body motion, and includes nasty things like thumb dislocations, etc. OW!
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    From GoTeenWriters I know we have covered this many times. It never gets old!
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