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  1. i joined 14 years ago. whew! hard to believe it's been that long. i have gained sooooooo much in so many areas, such as knowledge, relationships, encouragement, and more. i could never have learned or grown as a writer without this place. Rebecca has allowed this site to be a breeding ground for ideas, creative endeavors, comraderie, and for sharing faith. and a safe place to voice differing opinions. all thanks go to her for her generosity.
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  2. I'm Tommie Lyn, a 76 year old great grandmother who sometimes writes. I was a member here several years ago, and.... I'm baaaack! I'm thankful for Christian Writers, I made some wonderful friendships here, AND I learned a lot about writing. I'm looking forward to making more friends and learning more.
    8 points
  3. Since we were busy adoring the moderators and some other fine folk on another forum, I was given the okay to have an "I'm Grateful for You All" party! So, feel free to bring snacks (and maybe tissues, depending on how emotional you are) and share why you're grateful for us. (Hopefully, you are! ) I'm grateful for all y'all because of the advice (writing-related or not), the friendly people (and the crazy ones, too...*cough @ThePerilousPen and @Just_Me_*), and how amiable we all are to each other. We also have our fun, too, with our share of memes and giving each other random sweet
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  4. I knew I'd created a relatable character when one reader said he was (and I quote) "adorable," and another said he was a sociopath and hoped he died.
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  5. "Community isn't just about getting help or advice from others. It's about giving it too. As writers, words are some of the most natural gifts we can offer. With that in mind, choose a recent book you loved and give it a review, tag the author in a social media shout-out, or message them directly just to tell them you appreciated their work. It means a lot, trust me." You know, I never thought about just how much it means to belong to a group such as Christian Writer until I read this post. How much does it mean to you to get group feedback?
    8 points
  6. Unfortunately, your poll doesn’t have an option for “Honest, Courteous Advice.” That’s the type of critique I like to receive, and certainly the type I hope I give. No writer is so awful/inexperienced/whatever that there’s nothing good to be said for his work, and no one is so talented/skilled/brilliant that he can’t learn something new.
    7 points
  7. awww sweetie i'm so sorry you have lost another friend. and i'm sorry you are grounded but correction is good for us. i know you'll think twice before saying it again. praying for all you need. i wrote this a long time ago and have shared it many times with those who were grieving. i hope it will comfort you... You know, at the end of a day, when the sun disappears from view, the sky still glows with the sun’s beauty long after its departure. Its afterglow brings warmth to the heart of one viewing the heavenly masterpiece. And the same occurs when a loved on
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  8. This is a famous (or infamous) opening line, which I am always tempted to use. But I am curious as to where you get your opening lines, or do you start your writing? On those dark and story nights when you all alone with just you and your computer, how do you get started? Like how did Shamrock come up with the idea to do an Amish story? Or how did Nicola come up with a science fiction/ fantasy? Or how did Zee come up with her idea for her Sevia series? Or Carolina with her horse series? Or how did Jeff come up with his fantasy series? Or Rene's alternate history? I could go on, but I'
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  9. Wrote this in November as part of my year challenge for poetry writing. I'd love feedback! ~Lamentations 3:33~ With a pattering splash on the windowpane Like sliding teardrops falls the rain, While the winds in sympathy shriek and sigh And the branches shudder to and fro, Shedding swiftly or dropping slow: Tears for a world that is broken so! He made the earth and shaped the sky— With His handiwork weeping, does Jesus cry? A burning, a torturous, throbbing pain, Sears through the course of every vein, Her
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  10. Here's something else I've noticed. I've been a member of a Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. When we say the Lord's Prayer we use the words, "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors". In the Catholic Church they say "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." Does that mean that Catholic's tend to trespass, while we Presbyterians go into debt?
    7 points
  11. On July 6, 1972, I was near the end of a short vacation I'd been enjoying in Jackson Hole, WY. It's a beautifully picturesque little western town, nestled among the mountains. In the center of the town is a large, square park, which I'd visit every day. The hippie movement was in full swing, and the place was packed with young kids from all over the country. It was easy to walk up to various groups, and meet people from just about everywhere. It was an interesting time. Once while I was sitting alone, a young girl came up to me and started telling me about Jesus. I wasn't exactly i
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  12. Hey all. I'm a new member who happened to stumble upon this website and so far I love what I see. I'm from The Bahamas, and I'm currently working on the third book in my unpublished Christian YA contemporary series. Nice to meet all of you
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  13. that's what makes this site so unusual. we are bound as a family and will share eternity together. each member brings his or her own special talents, flair, and spicy flavor to the mixture. and with the Lord as the main ingredient, we have a pretty tasty stew. we each come to learn and to share what we know. and share in laughter, in upsets, in disagreements, in prayer requests, and in love. and for all the years @Rebeccahas seen fit to allow me to moderate, i am truly grateful. for without being here, i wouldn't have learned what i have. and i'm grateful for those in the past as well as all
    6 points
  14. Happy Resurrection Day, everyone! I pray your day will be filled with great joy and blessings. He is Risen!
    6 points
  15. very short. feeling atrocious. pain is over the moon. med not helping much. can't take stronger. too sensitive. bless you all for praying.
    6 points
  16. How do I pick plots? With a dartboard and a blindfold. And sometimes I consult an old magic 8-ball. My process can be rather dangerous to be around.
    6 points
  17. Lynn is being too modest. We all know this place wouldn't be the same without Lynn, her welcoming personality, and her Peanuts avatars!
    6 points
  18. I just checked because I didn't know offhand, either. Looks like I bought the domain in 1999. Ancient in Internet time!
    6 points
  19. First, you have to know your beta readers. If they are your mom, your aunt Bertha, and your college roommate, they will be lame and probably just tell you how great you are. So this question really begins with you and who you have as beta readers. That doesn't mean you can't let aunt Bertha read it, you just won't put much weight on what she says. It's almost like a decision analysis - your beta readers' input should be weighted according to their value in this process. On the other hand, if you ask someone who normally reviews hard sci-fi to review your sweet romance story (and for whatever r
    6 points
  20. As of right now, I see that there are 95 replies to this topic, "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night". This topic was started on Saturday evening, and the discussions are going off in all directions. If this keeps going at this pace, would it eventually be turned into it's own website? (Just kidding.)
    6 points
  21. Some time in the last 1990s, I wrote a Fantasy love story...that was horrible. After a while, it got deleted. Then, in the early 2000s, I hit upon the idea of the current series while I was driving home from work. I formulated a rough story, and over the course of 6 months, pounded it out on my word processor. I gave it to my wife to read, which she did. Here response was, "It's nice," meaning, "It's horrible." But that didn't stop me, and I shopped it around to agents. After 80 rejections, I shelved it. The story was horrible, and read like a cheap, unoriginal co
    6 points
  22. My husband and I married and fell in love (in that order) in a real-world place very much like the fictional country of Sevia. The early years of our marriage were spent walking a fine line between love and disaster, hence that recurring theme. I am naturally a private person, and don’t enjoy writing or talking about myself, but I do love telling stories seeded from real-life experiences. My husband made me promise I would never write anything that could be construed as negative or damaging to the place we used to live...but he doesn’t care if I write about Sevia!
    6 points
  23. Hello all! I'm happy to announce the release of my latest, longest, and (hopefully) best book yet--For Better and Worse. You can check it out at the links below. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57637600-for-better-and-worse https://books2read.com/u/mBZZ8y Thanks to @Shamrock, @Ky_GirlatHeart @suspensewriter, @RockyMtn Gal @Nicola, @EBraten, @Rene, @dlodes and everyone else here who helped tremendously with putting the story together, filling it out, polishing it, and even designing the cover! Another great team effort.
    5 points
  24. Then welcome to our Fellowship Wesley Southern. "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matthew 7: 7-8)
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  25. "[Insert book name] is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental." This is the standard disclaimer many of us put in our fiction novels. It may protect us legally, but will it protect us from family and friends reading too much into our work? In my experience - NOPE. Sometimes it can be easy to see how family/friends can see similarities, etc., and adjustments c
    5 points
  26. I just joined Christian Writers today and wanted to say hello. I hope to be encouraged and encourage others as we seek to honor the Lord in our writing. Blessings in Jesus. Howard
    5 points
  27. The way I read Aslan is that he is good, but a lion is still a lion. Revelation shows that to be true. But you need go no further than an oppressive regime to see where Christians are dangerous. The FIRST people they go after are Christians, because the ruler or the state will tolerate it's citizens to have no other loyalty than to them.
    5 points
  28. I found a new job while on vacation. i told them I wanted to give 2 weeks notice to my old job to do the honorable thing. I gave my notice first day back from vacation and had more work piled on me. The 21 of March I started my new job working 3rd shift at the local university for a contractor as a janitor. I work Sunday through Thursday, off Friday and Saturday. 40 hours a week instead of 50-60. I work the same shift everyday instead of rotating day by day and am actually sleeping on a set schedule. I am feeling so much better now even though I am working harder than ever. I lost $3 a
    5 points
  29. Muscle cramps are writer's block then, right?
    5 points
  30. “Oh yes, love, everything’s quite nice and normal in Amish country...except for these severed heads you occasionally find rolling around...” You know, this scenario wouldn’t be out of place as one of @Alley‘s latest writing prompts.
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  31. At first I was inclined to dismiss this, but I'll be darned if it wasn't pretty good! "A while ago, I did an experiment on the effect of the Editorial Review section for books on Amazon. If you don’t know, there is a section midway down on a book’s sales page, where authors can list any type of review or statement. No, really. . . like just about anything. But here’s the thing - most authors don’t use this amazing area because they either don’t believe shoppers care about it, or they just don’t know about it. Well, here’s where I hope to help. I have clearly defined proof
    5 points
  32. I'll tell you up front that Thomas Umstattd Jr. says something that's pretty damning, and he's not wrong. https://www.authormedia.com/how-to-connect-with-teen-readers-a-coaching-call-with-a-pre-published-ya-novelist/ This is one section of a wide-ranging interview. It's worth reading the whole thing.
    5 points
  33. @Johne beat me to it, but 3rd person omniscient is a little out of fashion, but what is fashion if not cyclical? Just keep at it. For reference, I remember listening to a lecture by Brandon Sanderson where he talked about how to keep secrets from the reader when using third-person limited. He recommended simply having the character drag their thoughts away from the twist every time it was starting to surface - as people tend to do when they don't want to think about something they don't like. You can hint a little more each time, letting the thoughts linger a bit, until you're rea
    5 points
  34. Ooh! I taught this lesson in my classes for several years! The antagonist of a story may take four forms, leading to these four permutations of plot: Man vs. Society Man vs. Self Man vs. Man Man vs. Nature Of course a story may have more than one of these mixed in, leading to subplots.
    5 points
  35. Not sure why there's a "TV14 DL" rating. Maybe he cussed a bit after breaking through that wall?
    5 points
  36. The community and support are huge for me...I’ve been helped so much here. Hopefully I can pay a little of it back.
    5 points
  37. The funny thing is, I used to think I was a serious planner (maybe I just liked to think I was?) but the more I write, and talk to others who write, the more I realize I’m really not...I’m a dot-to-dot writer.
    5 points
  38. Yes. I outline extensively. Before I begin my first draft, I work out what emotional and story beats I want to hit, then craft the plot points to achieve those results. Once I start writing, I might sometimes tweak a plot point so that it will more effectively do what it's supposed to do. But I always know beforehand.
    5 points
  39. If that's what's happening, then you're simply not doing it right. Not familiar with the details, but it really all depends on what that fifth person said. If you get positive feedback from a majority of your beta readers, and a minority is critical, it dosen't mean you ignore the minority. They might have found some important issues to address, or it could be minor, or just a simple case of not liking the story (which happens all the time out in the marketplace - no one writes something everyone likes). If you chose your beta-readers carefully, th
    5 points
  40. Clearly, you've never met my family...
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  42. hey sw! i am feeling some better. the pain level receded some. more tolerable. started taking med more often. makes me sleepy. thanks so much for asking. appreciate it greatly. gotta go. getting very sleepy.
    5 points
  43. What the message said: "your project does not appear to be a fit for us at this time, and so we will have to pass." What I read: "Not only is your book lame, but you have a lot of nerve expecting anyone to like it. You should register your typing fingers as lethal weapons and have your manuscript hermetically sealed and dropped into the deepest part of the ocean. Then, destroy your computer and disassemble the desk on which you created this travesty." Actually, I think I handled this quite well.
    5 points
  44. I was going to blow it off, or post it later, but I figured it was a fairly important topic. I was also going to post a comment to an extant post, but I didn't want to bring that one back to the top of the list. A common complaint I hear is "Why do Christians attack the LGBTQ... community so much? Sin is sin, isn't it?" Yes, BUT, thieves, murderers, even gossips and gluttons aren't trying to make us think those practices are good and right. Another is, "Why fight Muslims so hard? Aren't Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons and Buddhists and... just as bad?" Well, all those others
    5 points
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  47. If you really want to grab peoples' attention, start with, It was a bright and sunny night... (Maybe up above the Arctic Circle...)
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  48. I have written numerous horse stories, some built around horses I have owned, sort of their stories. Escape began as a Creative Writing assignment, a short story of 17 pages. I have written lots of short stories, but none 17 pages long. I included lots of backstory memories to make the 17 pages. When we finished our stories, we shared them with others in the class. Someone told me it would make the beginning of a novel. I let that sit for several years before giving it a try. Thanks to some beta readers of the first draft, the second round is better, I think/hope. I keep saying tha
    5 points
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