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    Hello All, My name is Yanick (Yaneek). I am a mother of 4 and a wife of 18 years to an Army officer.. I am originally from NY. I have served in the Airforce as a nurse, I have a Masters in counseling and I am currently a Realtor but God has called me to write to enable children to see Him in an AMAZING way! So often our children glorify superheroes that aren't real and part of my purpose is to help them see God as an ultimate superhero, hence the title of my book. God- The Ultimate Superhero vs. The Villain Named Jeoulosy! :-) I'm glad to be a part of this community.
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    Funkiness! That's the first thing that came to mind when I saw this palm tree. I'm not sure why it looks like that, though. Maybe it's what's left after a Cat 3 hurricane that came through town recently. Or, maybe its God's sense of humor in creation. I'm just not sure. Here's a different view of the same, Call me crazy, but for some reason a hawaiian luau comes to mind. Maybe I had never noticed that palm tree before but it surely sparked my mind about where I've been lately. You may have wondered why I haven't been posting lately (and if you haven't...shame on you!). I've just been in a funky state of mind, blah, or in some sort of a lull. Call it what you want, down, blue, dragging, it all adds to the same. Sometimes we ask people, "How's it going?" And they sarcastically answer, "Oh... it's another day in paradise." What they really mean is, "Whatever, man. It is what it is." Have you been my neighbor in Funky Town lately? If you have, the picture below best describes how you've felt. Down!!! For me (and maybe for you) it was probably a series of events that led to this: loss, we lost a beloved pet at our home recently; stress, a hurricane blew through our town recently; burnout, I just published my first book Hecklers In Your Crowd: Silencing The Voices That Hold You back and I've been walking through the valley of inevitable letdown; life. I'm sure you could add your own set of circumstances: dealing with discouraging people, mounting debt, illness, etc. Sometimes we feel like when it rains, it pours! Here's the thing, though, for every 'Whatever, Man' there has to be a 'C'mon, Man!' It's time to come out funkiness and be insanely better. An incredible Bible verse comes to mind to knock our funkiness out of commission, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we should walk in them." Ephesians 4:10, MEV Let's do quick surgery on that passage: The Greek word for 'workmanship' is actually from where we get our English word 'poem'. You and me are an amazing work of art in God's eyes! 'Good works' refers to action and accomplishment, in other words, purpose! 'Prepared beforehand' means that the Lord has made something ready for each of us to grab a hold of. It's there. It's available. All we have to do is get going and reach out for it. When there's a present with your name on it under the tree, don't you want to grab it and rip it open? We should be the same way with whatever God made in advance for us to do. But how? There are never easy answers. For me, it took my darling wife to simply ask me when I'm going to get back to blogging and seeing that funky palm tree. Somehow, someway, God made something click in me to jumpstart me. If you feel like you're not mentally there to be able to come out of your funkiness, PRAY! That may sound too simple and maybe even 'cliche-ish' but there's serious power in prayer. If nothing else, when you pray you are placing yourself, life, gloominess, prospect of the present and future in the hands of a very able and powerful God who loves you. He will stay by your side and at the proper time help lift you up. Second, after you pray and when the door cracks a little open for you to squeeze through, give it a shot at getting going, force yourself into it. The first step towards making the hyper-jump from funky to insanely good is the hardest one, but once you take it, the other ones follow in succession. I can't explain how it all happens and it doesn't mean that all of a sudden life will feel like its ecstatically better but, if moving forward is the goal, it will happen! Time to get out of Funky Town...who's with me? Thanks for reading. Please leave me a comment if you'd like.
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    LOL All this great discussion because I poked the internet and found something. But the discussion is helpful. Great points to consider. Thank you everyone.
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    I'm beta testing a new feature to replace the Publication & Plugs section. If you're an established member (more than 5 posts) I encourage you to add your books, articles, blogs, or short story links here. Once we have some entries, I'll link the database to member profiles. Other members will be able to click a link in your profile and see all the publishing credits you have listed. Also, the database will be available to all members and visitors to view and/or purchase your work. Like I said, this is a beta run, so I welcome your feedback!
  6. 2 points
    If a publication requires BCE and CE, that's what I'd use. (I don't like it, but if I want to sell my writing, I adhere to the publication's in-house Style Guide.)
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    LOL Then, tell her my story: When I became ill, the Lord called me to write for Him. Me, Lord? You must be kidding! I'd only written stinky poetry! I just dug in and wrote! The more you write, the more you learn, the better you write. So glad your wife has the desire. And you're there to help her! How cool is that!!! Just tell her to go for it. My suggestion? Get one of those writing tablets. If that will work for her. Everything in my head comes out better through a pen! Snippets. Thoughts. Ideas. Whatever. And then, I transfer it to a Word doc. No thinking about how proper it is. That can be fixed. Just write! And more power to her!
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    There are several articles by Joanna Penn on topics, such as writing nonfiction, find and capture ideas for your novel, fear of judgment, productivity, editing, etc. There's also a link for a list of recommended books. Here
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    I think it's a capital mistake to read this quote without at least two cups of coffee. First I agreed with it, then realized i didn't quite have an idea of what it meant. Then I thought it must be the quote's wording that was the problem and understood that it didn't work for me. After realizing what exactly was wrong with it and how to fix it, it occurred to me that I was completely wrong. In the end, I decided I needed at least two cups of coffee before attempting it again. It's like a Rubric's cube of words!
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    Author David Farland discusses the balancing act between having something to say and saying it to as many people as you can.
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    "Hi, My name is Cathy. I just joined today. I'm hoping to find and offer some support and encouragement here on this site. I am in the process of writing a novel and sometimes ask myself, "What in the world do you think you're doing?" I don't know the answer to that question, I only know that I am driven to complete it. I do like the idea that in the real world there are often hard circumstances I can do nothing about, injustices I can't remedy, heartaches I can't mend...but when I write I can eventually make the story I'm writing turn out for the best. This doesn't mean there aren't hardships in my story, there are, it doesn't mean there isn't suffering, there is, and it certainly doesn't mean there aren't "Bad guys" in my tale....they surely are But in the end...THE GOOD GUYS WIN...in the "Here and Now" and the Ever After."
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    I'm a stay-at-home mom who loves stories, they seem to be everywhere, and has decided to start writing some down. I'm excited to connect with others who love them to, to improve my writing, and to experience some new yarns.
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    Hi Rebecca- I just stopped by again to check on his and you do absolutely marvelous work! This really was a great idea.
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    There are many kinds of loneliness, as proven by the adage, 'one can be lonely in a crowd.' One can be very happy with no other soul around. Kings are lonely at the top; slaves are lonely in dungeons. Humans are lonely so they create aliens; aliens are lonely so the seek out that bright green planet in the Milky Way. Pianists and organists are lonely because they can be self suffcient; conductors are lonely because they are not. So many stories! So little time to write them! Loneliness is the absence of connection. Humans are created to belong. They wither and die without connection. Have you read Rudyard Kipling's The Light that Failed? I believe that story describes a kind of loneliness of the artist. Misunderstanding, isolation, the drive to forge ahead where others are in the dark, the inability to explain.
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    Harold is fearless. Harold isn't afraid of anything. Well, except the Drain Monster who lives in the bathtub drain. Harold fears bath time because he knows the Drain Monster will eventually get him. Then one day it happens and the Drain Monster appears. But Harold's Mama tells Harold that prayer will save him from his fear and Harold discovers what it truly means to be fearless.
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    Freddie the Caterpillar solicits the help of his grasshopper friend, Hoppy, to find out why all the caterpillars are disappearing leaving only small brown "pods" behind. Hoppy sets out to find the answer but is told he must consult Madame Black Widow who "knows everything." At the risk of being eaten, Hoppy visits the Widow and receives the answer in the form of a rhyme, only to return and find Freddie replaced by a small brown "pod." Hoppy must wait until Spring to discover the meaning of the Widow's rhyme. At last the mystery is solved.
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    Rebecca, thanks for the great work. The Publishing Credits section is wonderful. I'm already interested in several things I saw there. I hope you are over the worst of the flu. That is not fun stuff.
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    From author David Farland:
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    Oh, duh! {headslap} Operator malfunction! Was looking at the wrong number! So sorry!
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    I am excited to be back. I had joined Christian Writers years ago but never really did much. I guess I am still being pushed from within to begin. But where does one begin. I have a desire to write and I have for years now. I have just allowed life to crowd out the desire. Of course a healthy dose of fear and not really knowing what to do or where to turn helped the crowding. I have been married to a wonderful man since 1998. We came to serve the Lord in Rwanda back in 2006. We have six Rwandan children in which we are in the process of adopting. Basically I write from my heart and share my ponderings. I look forward to being more active in this group than before. I hope to learn from all of you. Thanks so much Yvonne
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    I found this article called, "Faith meets sci-fi, fantasy at Christian ComiCon in D.C." and thought it was interesting. I attended the Realm Makers conference this past July and was glad I went. It was a unique (and liberating) feeling to be among so many brothers and sisters who share a love of the sci-fi & fantasy genres. I ran into a number of people in person that I'd talked to online and it was great to match names to faces. Have you ever attended a similar event? What are your thoughts?
  22. 2 points
    If you've ever considered a pen name, you'll want to read this article. Brings up some great points to consider.
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    Rebecca, the article you pointed out is very interesting, as is the reference to the Realm Makers conference. I have never attended a similar event, mostly because I didn't know they existed, so thanks for the info. When I started writing my Christian Fantasy, I felt awfully alone (I still do sometimes as in "What the heck do I think I'm trying to do!!"). Then I found kboards for the Kindle. There are a lot of writes (and a lot of good information) on that forum, but very few who seem interested in the intrinsic value of what they write. Most seem to be concerned with how to make more money doing it. That's not necessarily bad, unless you compromise what you write to do so. I found ChritianWriters searching the web for like-minded writers, and it has been a great resource, a comfortable place to be. It's nice to see there are actually even more places to potentially share ideas. Realm Makers and Doxacon both look like good avenues to make additional connections to writers who care about their messages. Thanks again for the post.
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    I plan to sign up to write my horrible first draft of the second book in my MG novel series for kids. I may sign up as a "rebel" since 50,000 words is way too long for 9-12 year olds. Or I may commit to 50,000 words and just start a second title when I get through the novel. I guess I'd still be a "rebel," eh?
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    I apologize for that. It's just that I received a message on my e-mail inbox, saying "Happy Birthday", from a website I've not been in contact with for several months. I assumed it was intended for me, but someone got the date wrong. There was obviously no harm intended. So all I have to say is; Harry Birthday Blackthorne.
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    I've done research on this. The bottom line is this: Connections get you places. So many people write screenplays and teleplays every year that agents, etc. have to sort through Thousands of screenplays. In most cases, if you get the formatting wrote [Edit: meant to say 'wrong'] (such as using Times New Roman instead of Courier, for example), your work could be rejected immediately. And if your work is rejected - for Any reason - it goes into the 'rejected' pile. And people talk. Everyone knows who's in the reject pile. It's sort of like a blacklist because nobody wants to waste time looking at material from someone who was already rejected. And it's not specific to any one screenplay - because a writer can change the first per pages and the title and submit a screenplay again - it's specific to a screenwriter. So if you want to submit your screenplay again after it's been rejected, you either have to talk to someone and get them willing to read it, or you may have to submit it under another name (such as John Smith instead of J. Smith) if they don't catch on that you're on the 'rejected' list. The people who read through thousands of screenplays often look at the first five pages, or only the first page if they can make a decision by that time. If they Really like it, they might read it to the end. And if they like it at the end, there's a good chance it'll be looked at by someone else. And that might get you a job. Perhaps your screenplay will be turned into a movie. Or maybe you'll be hired to write, or rewrite, another screenplay. And if a director or a producer or a studio wants to use your screenplay, they may want to edit your story. They might want to use your story, but not as it currently is. Or they may want to gut 80% of your story and put the rest through a grinding mill until it's unrecognizable. That happens more often than you may think. Hollywood is Liberal. And by Liberal I mean 'immorality on the screen.' In Hollywood, directors have power over a movie's direction and content. Most of the time, directors don't want the screenwriter anywhere near the movie and certainly not on location while filming. Money controls production. Whoever has the money calls the shots. Something you could do, if you don't want to let go of creative control over your film, is to produce it yourself. You could ask a movie studio for money. Usually, if they think the project is good, they'll give $5~6 million to a low-budget production, about $12 million if it's an action movie, and let you have creative control. Or you can get money from private investors. Kickstarter campaigns have proven to be effective for raising money. If you want a cinema release across the U.S., it may cost you $30+ million to secure cinema times. A cinema has no problem, usually, bumping a small movie if a big studio wants that timeslot (because the big studios are cinemas' ongoing regular customers). But if your movie is only available in one country, people may try to take a copy of your movie and distribute it to other countries (online, maybe with subtitles). They can do that easily by sneaking a cellphone into a cinema. If you go the independent, low-budget route, you may want to consider online distribution options where anyone in the world can watch your movie. That also increases revenue potential. But you'd have to do your own marketing, or get someone else to do it for you. If you want to use a Christian production studio, you'd be wise to find out which ones exist (you can probably do that by finding a list of Christian movies and looking at the production credits), contact them, find out what type of content they produce, and get general information about the state of the industry. You can interview them before you tell them that you're interested in writing for film. PureFlix.com hosts Christian movie. If you look through the list of movies they offer, you can probably compile a list of production companies, producers, directors, and actors. You can probably look at which directors, producers and actors work with each other most often. Those are connections. Those are people who you can talk to and who might introduce you to other people. You can do some research on IMDB.com too. The best way to connect to someone is to be genuinely interested in them as a person. And if you're going to work with these people, you're probably going to know them as more than a contact. Gather information. Form relationships. I suggest doing that before you show your screenplay to anyone. Oh, and you can register your screenplay at the copyright office and at the Writers' Guild. A WGA registration is valid for 5 years (I think). I suggest strongly that you register it at a Writers' Guild, and maybe a copyright office, before showing it to anyone. And, so by the way, register at a good copyright office - one that takes a copy of your work as part of the registration process and links your name and a title to that work and a date of registration. Here's a good YouTube channel to do research on: Film Courage https://www.youtube.com/user/filmcourage And here's this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f98EKmMmw60 And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gY5QpZl--M And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLB-HlNEhpw And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMGFCmMfFDw And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsvA84RaXPo So by the way, there are full-length versions of these interviews too (hour-long interviews, give or take). And this: And this: And this: And this: And this: And this: And this: And this: And so many more. And then there's teleplay writers. The television industry is it's own thing.
  27. 2 points
    I hear you! You need experience to get a job that would give you experience...
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    I've learned that right now I can't afford to biy the books I need to write a book.
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    It's not targeted to non-fiction but it's short and, I think, nearly indispensable for anyone who wants to write anything. What he has to say is generally applicable to nearly any kind of writing because it demythologizes much of the rah-rah emotionalism of writing and gets right down to brass tacks. It's not all about writing and it's pretty short. It's worth the read even if you're not planning to be a fiction novelist. Much of it just has to do with your mindset, your work ethic, and treating writing like a legit career.
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    I LOVE Larry Correia--his humor is perfect! His monsters--so memorable and fun. I still believe in writing horrible first drafts though. I have to get all the junk out of my head and into a computer file where I can look at it and make sense of the whole thing. Having only just released a book that has taken 17 years to get right, however, Correia's thoughts were something of a gut punch. Fortunately things move faster the better my writing skills become...
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    I guess I'm practicing on you guys. I'll take the plunge into the deep ocean eventually. I know it is important.
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    Hi there, I live in the UK, and have been writing stories since childhood. I am now 35 with a husband and three children, and I'm now just trying to test out whether to push to get published or just give up on the dream and find a fall-back! My littlest is 2, and will be in school in a couple of years, so I'm thinking if I can get something tidy enough to submit to a publisher by then, I might be able to justify writing at home, rather than getting an office job :-) I'll be submitting in the feedback forum and would greatly appreciate any thoughts on my writing. At the moment my confidence is pretty low. I asked a few friends to read over a book I've worked really hard on and no one has replied yet (it's been five days). Not great. I'm worried they all think it's awful, and haven't got the courage to tell me. My desire is to write novels that show God's character and light, but without being overtly Christian. My ideal would be to be published for the secular market. I suppose I'm in line with C. S. Lewis and Tolkein who wrote the kind of books they felt were lacking from the literary market. I think I write well, but I'm not sure my stories/characters are formed enough. If I am not good enough to write novels, then I might turn my hand to blogging and writing articles for Christian magazines/websites. I would love to get to know some fellow writers and get some really detailed feedback about the positives and negatives of my work, just to sharpen it up (or to make me realise it's not the path God has laid out for me!) Anyway, I'm glad to be here.
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    Hi @Rebecca, I think this is a wonderful idea. It seems every time I come back for a visit there has been a new feature added. Thanks for all your hard work and commitment.
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    Hello Kaneya, Welcome, thanks for sharing your intro and I wish you all the best with your writing endeavours.
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    I'm so with you on that. I spent a few hours last night inventorying the software I've tried and it gave me a headache to think of all the time invested in finding an alternative to straight out crafting my stories in Word. What I do now is lay out the novel in The Marshall Plan Novel Writing Software. I use that and then I load it into Scrivener by just cutting and pasting.. The Marshall Plan is good for genre writing. Scrivener is unbeatable for layout and comprehensive layout. Together they have high end functionality that gets better and better as you make use of them. I particularly like the Marshall Plan's approach to character creation. Again, it's straightforward but always helps with a twist or two that I hadn't thought of before starting. Dramatica Pro has an interesting character and plot creation module that assembles both based on your answers to its questions, but to really work with this program you have to immerse yourself a bit in their literary theory (which is explained in their 300 page instruction .pdf). I don't have a lot of time for that, but sometimes a little pain is good brain stimulation. Just not too much- whatever distracts from story creation gets annoying after awhile.
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    Isn't it interesting how syntax and grammar and vocabulary are as much part of the scenery as clothing, architecture and tools. I cannot read a historical novel that uses the least hint of modern idiom. That is like dressing Queen Victoria in a mini skirt. There are people around me who are intent on punishing the ancestors of people who were just doing what was considered moral in the day. That is putting vocabulary in mouths that are already full of marbles. Wasting time and effort. This is another reason we must allow the Scriptures to interpret the Scriptures. God's voice is unique and easily recognised by His sheep.
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    Joe Bunting shared this today. These are all good. http://thewritepractice.com/write-story/
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    Welcome, Cathy! It's great to have you here! Gotta say, I love this. What a great way to look at things! I look forward to seeing you around the site.
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    Christine, I moved your question over here where it's more appropriate.
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    Rebecca, I'm voting you most amazing! Great idea.
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    We've already met elsewhere on the site, but I wanted to extend a warm welcome anyway. We're glad to have you here!
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    That is very cool! Thanks for sharing the article. Maybe there will one day be a Christian ComicCon closer to me. I am a huge Doctor Who fan. I have considered blogging the Christian perspective on great SciFi shows such as Doctor Who, Twilight Zone, Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell.... That article motivates me. I am not sure I should take on more writing projects right now.
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    Oh my oh my! I'd hardly begun to explore the last manifestation of this community. I am interested in the blog feature. Will this be blogging to the whole world, or just inside here? I understand the mammoth task you have almost completed here. Thank you for your dedication. like Teddy said, God Bless you!
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    Thanks for the hard-work and vision. It will make us more productive and help us to interact more fruitfully. I hope the moderators will help us to learn to use the site to its full extent. God Bless!
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    Then you may want to look at the type of movies that you write and look through the credits. See what else those production studios did, see what else those producers and directors did, etc. Then read up on them as people to see whether they're the type of person you want to work with. That can narrow down who you should talk to. The guilds... I wouldn't worry about joining a guild just yet. It would be a good idea to find out how they work, what their roles are in the industry, and when a writer should join a guild (if a writer even needs to). The more important thing is to write well and to network. Ideally, you want to have work lined up, or good scripts that can showcase your talents, before you spend money on joining a guild. You can register your screenplay with the WGA, but you don't need to be a member of the WGA to register your script. https://www.wgawregistry.org/ With screenplays... it can be difficult to cross genres if you're known for writing in one genre and the genre that you want to move into is wildly different from the one you're known for (unless you have a great screenplay). It would be good to become known as someone who writes great stories in any genre, but you may want to stick to one wheelhouse and branch out from there. Many movies are not in only 'one genre,' there is cross-over. And within genres, there are flavours of that genre. So if someone sees that you did 'this,' and it's kinda like the thing they want to do, they might give the job to you even though it's not in your 'usual' genre. But the bottom line is: they want to see a great script. People have great ideas, but they want to see a great script that executes an idea in a great way. And production companies like seeing a proven success. If you work on a small film and it's a huge success, producers and decision-makers look at that and say, 'What was so great about this film? And what was the ROI?' (How much money did they make as a percentage above cost?) And if you can work with a great director, where the two of you work well together, that director might pull you up with him. Directors have the power in films more than writers do. And directors seem to have more power than producers do sometimes because the director is directing one single 'episode' and it has to be a unified story. A production studio, like Warner Brothers, is usually full of people who graduated from business school. They usually don't know what is in a good screenplay or when a screenplay can be made into a movie that will make them a lot of money. They usually delegate that responsibility of decision-making and the vetting process to established producers and directors who have already made them money. That's even moreso true in television, where the showrunner runs the show. It's difficult to become a showrunner because of the costs involved of production and how quickly money needs to be spent and the how fast the turnover rate is. In television, Showrunners have the power. In television, writers have more power than directors, because the directors can't do their own think and ignore the writers on a long-running series, but writers and directors get credited for doing individual episodes. The Showrunner(s) has/have far more power than any individual directors or writers. The Showrunner is an executive producer that runs the direction of the show. If you look at it from a money - a cost and turnover - perspective, it'll be easier to figure out how the industry works.
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    Happy Birthday, @Grace Roman! May God bless you abundantly today and throughout the year!
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    While you're waiting to hear from DrRita... Here's an article that lists a few books that might help. Some suggestions in this article.
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    It is a good book on writing, but definitely geared more toward fiction writers. He doesn't talk much about plotting, more are the art of writing its self. He holds a degree in English, so is very knowledgeable on writing styles, sentence structure, and other topics. It is not as concise as the Chicago Manual for grammar etc. Others may have a better description, but those are my thoughts.
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    A Christian carpenter doesn't use a Christian hammer, he just uses a hammer. And not just any hammer, he uses the best hammer for the job. You don't need Christian writing software, you need good writing software. Scrivener is the best writing software I've ever tried (and I've tried most of them). Scrivener is the industry standard and for forty bucks, it's the best investment you'll ever make. Add in all the tutorial videos for Scrivener on YouTube and it's a deal you can't beat. https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

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