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    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    I agree with both sentiments. I do believe we have an obligation to share our testimonies. According to Rev. 12:11, "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony,.." However, I do not believe that we have to be a "open book" to the world in order to do that. I believe that the Lord will, through His Holy Spirit, lead us to share what He wants us to share and when He wants us to share it. That may come in the form of a blog, it may not. I think we can share our faith and experiences through the books and articles we write without necessarily having to back that up with blog. I don't believe EB, that you would have to sacrifice your personal life for the sake of a blog -- IF the Lord calls you to this. But it is clear at this time you don't feel led to blog and would prefer not to. Thus, I don't think you should have a blog at this time. I believe it would be counterproductive for you to maintain and would take time away from other writing that the Lord is calling you to do. If the Lord changes that for you at a later date I believe He will make it very plain to you and He will give you the time and the material needed for the blog He wants you to write - IF that is His will for you. As for me, I will have a blog on my website when it's up and running because I believe it's part of what the Lord wants me to do and He has already provided material (personal) for the blog. But again, that is what He is leading me to do. Just as He created everyone to be unique in Him, He works and moves a little differently in all of our lives to fulfill His purpose in and through us. So bottom line, if you feel led to blog (personal or otherwise) then blog. If not, don't! In either case "learn to be content" (Philippians 4:11) and at peace with your decision. 🙂
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    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    Wow, this is a very interesting topic. I am in the process of creating my website now and have been instructed to create a blog as part of my website to help build my platform. This may sound contradictory but I sort of believe both sides of the coin. Like Steven, I believe it is important for an author (fiction or non-fiction) to have a website that includes a blog to help build a platform -- especially new authors. I also agree with carolinamtne, a blog "is creative writing." I haven't decided on the main "content" of my upcoming blog but it will include creative and hopefully inspirational material. However, as EB points out, I believe that "an empty or uninspiring blog is worse than no blog at all." If maintaining a blog is too daunting and/or the task of creating blog material takes too much time away from writing your books, then you probably shouldn't have a blog. Just as there are no right ways to write a book (outliners vs pantsers, for example), I believe there are multiple ways to build a platform/following and in the end you should pick what works for you. That's what I think anyway.
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    Please Tell Me I'm Not The Only One...

    That is sort of what been doing so far, but if I can find a better way - great! If not, I'll keep plugging along and fixing as I go. Thanks.
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    Please Tell Me I'm Not The Only One...

    Thanks EB for the Snowflake Method link. I looked into it a little while back after reading about it on another website but it seemed a little confusing to me. I'll take a closer look and let you if it works for me. 🙂
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    Joining A Club?

    Hello, I was looking at joining a club but the only four options I see for available clubs do not seem to fit what I am looking for: suspense/romance. Are these the only clubs at this time? Are there other clubs that will become available to me once I'm more of an established member? Thanks!
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    Please Tell Me I'm Not The Only One...

    My problem is I seem to be able to lay out the story for someone (at least the basic concept) no problem but when I go to put it on paper (or screen) it's like my mind goes blank. It doesn't seem to sound right and I struggle with fleshing out my characters and plot. I get boggled down with: "How much is too much, or not enough?" "Which story structure do I use?" then that stumbles into pinning down my "hook, inciting incident, plot points, climax, etc." I think I can't possibly write this thing until I have all of that figured out and then I hear the story of "pansters" who just put it all on paper and sort it out later. But I am determined to figure it out.... I will not give up this time!
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    I Am Looking For A Critique Partner

    Hi Alley, I haven't posted anything to the critique board yet because I don't have anything to critique. I'm still in the outlining stages and haven't started my first draft. I've been struggling with some of my character and plot developments and was looking for help with that. I guess I thought the critique section was only if you had a manuscript or parts of a manuscript ready to be critiqued... am I wrong or can it be used for my purposed as well? Thanks.
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    I Am Looking For A Critique Partner

    It told me I was "only allowed to send 0 messages per day, try again later"?
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    I Am Looking For A Critique Partner

    Hi EB, yeah I didn't know about the messaging system. I'll try using that from now on. I appreciate your offer and understand about time constraints. In the message system, am I able to post questions or is it for message specific people only?
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    I Am Looking For A Critique Partner

    Hi L, thanks for that. I had no idea about bots. Yikes! I'm such a rookie. 🙄 Was the rest of the post okay?
  11. Hello everyone, I am fairly new to this site and am looking for a critique partner and possible co-collaborator for my new Christian fiction, suspense/romance novel. I am in the early stages of the process and would like someone to bounce character development and plot ideas off of, if that is something that can be done through this site. I am willing to provide similar services in return. Then once I nail down the rest of my characters and begin writing my first draft, I would like to exchange writings with my critique partner to better my work (and theirs). I'm looking for someone (or a few someones) that I can build a relationship with for future projects as well. It is my understanding that this is one of the best forums and sites to accomplish this. Thanks!
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    An Aspiring New Author

    Thank you again everyone for the warm welcomes. I will try out the writing / publishing forum as I am currently working on my first novel. I'll see y'all around the site! 🙂
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    An Aspiring New Author

    Thank you both! I'm very excited to be here. Any suggestions on the best way to dive in? I'm not sure where to start...
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    An Aspiring New Author

    Hello, my name is Rebekah and I just learned about chrisitanwriters.com through K.M. Weiland's website on Helping Writers Become Authors. I believe that God has placed on my heart to write a Christian fiction novel depicting the Father's heart for the orphan. I have always had a love of writing and was once told by my sister that they (my family) "always thought you'd be a writer when you grew up." So over the last several months I have embarked on my personal journey of not only writing this book but also really learning how God sees me and the true depths of His love for me. In the process, I have been seeking out resources to help improve my understanding of the writing and publishing processes. One of the main underlying tenets is to "get connected" through social media and by joining a writing group that offers opportunities for writers to receive and give constructive criticism. I look forward to exploring this site and honing my craft along the way.
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