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    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome, and great ideas!
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    I've finished the first polish pass for the Beginning Hook chapters for THE BLUE GOLEM. It's beginning to happen. It's happening.
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    I know that not everyone here is hoping to support themselves with their writing, but this is a very interesting article. They've done surveys of authors whose work is earning different income levels and the trends are very interesting. https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/author-income-how-to-make-a-living-from-your-writing/?fbclid=IwAR0hdckP64raK5ZIN8IItG5pS0Kx2FHhOLlPpfGLNjXkdDRBexlVbxlu-WE
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    Seriously though. That is good advice and makes perfect sense. The more you have to choose from the more likely you are to sell them and make a few bucks, which adds up.
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    😄 She uses a different publishing name than her user name here. 😊
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    Hi Brad!! Great to meet you!! We are so excited you joined us!!!😁 Fiction writing can be an overwhelming thing for sure; heaven knows I'm constantly experiencing the "blank page" feeling. But once you get going, it's a super fun way to be creative and you'll find it very engaging!! I have written outlines before, and while they can be helpful under circumstances, other times I just find them to be a waste of time when I'm really itching to get my idea down. So if you have a good idea, I say just write it! Get it down while it's still fresh in your mind. And like some of the others mentioned, it's a fantastic way to learn. 😉
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    Hi, Brad! Nice to meet you My advice is to just start writing. That's the best way to learn!
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    Welcome to our writing family, Brad. Glad you joined us. You'll find plenty of help, support, and encouragement around here, so roam around and make yourself at home. Blessings on your writing!
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    Welcome, Brad! It's great to have you here!
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    Welcome, it's nice to meet you! I'd say, write it! Flaws are worked out in editing, and if you ever get stuck, just let us know. The people here have a wealth of information and experience. 🙂
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    I would say get a brief outline as to what you want to write and then write it. Don't worry about spelling or grammatical errors, just get the first draft down and then go back and edit.
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    I'm so excited to learn of this site! Thank you Katie, and Hi everyone! I'm new to writing fiction and feel overwhelmed in how to approach it. I have an idea for a short story, yet as a beginner, I'm not sure if I should spend the next three months on how-to books and reading short stories, or just work on an outline and the draft itself. Any thoughts?
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    Great article!! Helpful for someone who lacks a disciplined schedule like me. 😬
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    Hello, welcome to Christianwriters Brad! It is great to meet you, and have you here!
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    So, $100k'ers write and publish a lot. They also take editing and packaging seriously, but don't tend to overpay. I found it very interesting that "newsletter swaps" (I would group this with creating email lists) are less used and considered the least effective marketing tool. Yet this has been the marketing rage over the past couple of years. They also seem to be split on wide vs. exclusive. Shows you how turbulent the market is these days. Great data, thanks!
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    Hi, Brad. While I don't have any advice for you, I do want to welcome you to the group. Best wishes and God's blessings on your writing!
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    Scarlett is quite an unusual name, and is definitely unique. For me, it also brings to mind the board game cluedo, which is set up around a murder mystery.
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    Welcome, Brad! Its great to meet you I'm going to repeat what the others have already told you - pen a rough outline of the short story, and then write it! My take on it is that you'll start to discover your voice as a writer while you learn about story structure and fun stuff like that.
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    I love it because it is what the evil genius/ mad scientist always plays when he starts his diabolical plan to take over the world. That is why I never conquered the world, even though I am an evil genius, I can't play the organ.
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    Congrats @EBraten, very nice looking cover. Bad news though, someone else put their name as author on your book 😉
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    Yes, welcome. It's definitely nice to meet you!
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    Very informative--thanks, Johne!
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    Yeah, in today's society when all manner of junk is getting published, I think it's especially important to present work that is not only quality, but is engaging right from the start and will make our reading audience want more. Taking this to another level, it's even more vitally important that we present material which will prove spiritually uplifting and beneficial to the Christian reader. To much Christian work, especially in the realm of fiction, is spiritually shallow and appears to lack God's guiding Hand. God forbid me to ever publish any work less than glorifying to Him and His Name.
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    David Farland is an author and an editor and he knows what he's looking for when he reads story submissions. https://mailchi.mp/xmission/david-farlands-writing-tips-your-first-five-pages-qlkm55g54v
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    I normally agree with your analysis, Accord, but in this case, I don't agree that newsletter swaps are the same as mailing list creation. Swaps are only one way of using a mailing list. There are several huge authors, such as Mark Dawson, Adam Croft, Chris Fox and Joanna Penn, who do not do swaps but who say that their mailing lists are their number one marketing tool. Also, newsletter swaps cost nothing. All the other marketing methods can rack up a huge amount of money. Facebook ads don't rank much higher than newsletter swaps in effectiveness, and yet we all know how pricey they can be. So if you have a tight budget or are just starting out, I still think newsletter swaps can be helpful. However, I think it may be genre specific. Among Christian and clean romance authors, newsletter swaps are still very effective. I'm in a Facebook group with several $100K clean romance authors, and all of them say swaps are among their most effective marketing tools.
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    Hi Gillian, welcome to Christianwriters! It is great to meet you, and have you here!
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    Hello, welcome to Christianwriters John! It is great to meet you, and have you here!
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    Just taken a proper look at this..(was in transit when I looked earlier). That is very detail plot analysis. Not sure if I understand all of it but it looks impressive and workable. Grwat you have found a formula that works for you.
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    You know, that's really true, Accord64. It argues for formulaic writing in a way, yet it leaves room for a breakout novel.
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    I'll pray for you and yours, Lynn!
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    That's easy, about $45,000 more than me. 😆
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    I find excel a good tool for plotting out chapter/scenes too.
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    Praying for you and yours
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    This is one of the central things I learned from Lisa Cron's book, Story Genius. It's a key difference, and has changed my approach to plotting/outlining. That's why when people are asking for plotting help on here, I always ask how it's going to affect their characters' internal journey. You don't just throw random plot twists in because it's interesting: it has to serve the story.
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    You should've heard my sister and I when we were running our characters through the test. 😄
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    Hi! Nice to meet you
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    Hi, John! Nice to meet you
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    I think readers look for the same things. There are just too many other books on the market for them to waste time on something that might get better after the first chapter.
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    That is a lot to hope for in the first five pages, Johne!
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    That's awesome, @EBraten!! Congratulations!! 🎉
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    Wow, Teddy, what you've written seems to be telling my story...
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