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    I'm so excited to share with you some awesome news, guys...I got my first newspaper job to cover the upcoming local Veteran's Day parade! ๐Ÿ˜ Being new to journalism, I'm a bit nervous, but looking forward to hopefully this being the first of many future projects with the Hartselle Enquirer!! I hope I do well; the editor seems to have a lot of faith in me, so I want to be the best reporter I can be. I told my folks and they are super excited for me!
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    Welcome to the flock.
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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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    ๐Ÿ˜„ She uses a different publishing name than her user name here. ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    Hi Brad!! Great to meet you!! We are so excited you joined us!!!๐Ÿ˜ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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, 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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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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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    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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    Yes, welcome. It's definitely nice to meet you!
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    These two events are connected, so bear with me, as I tell them before getting to the point. 1. My sophomore year of high school is deeply etched into my mind. I was in a new school again, because Mom left Dad after Dad had us all move 1500 miles away from family and friends. So, Mom moved us to her family's neighborhood to start over, yet again. Two weeks later, she told us she had cancer, and the exact words were, "Three weeks, three months, six months, who knows?" Eight months later, I went to see Jesus Christ Superstar with my cousins and asked God a question during the opera. "Can you make yourself as real to me as that man on the stage?" The next day I woke up a believer. (His answer was Yes.) I was telling my friend what happened on the school bus, and she told me about this group that met every day before school. There was this old guy, (24 years old), who was a missionary to high school and college aged people. Not only did he explain the gospel to me and guided me through "repent," through him, I joined the growing number of young people in town being saved in droves. (Jesus Movement on the early 70s.) It wasn't any old town. The town has since become famous for something else. Charlottesville, VA -- home of UVa. The UVA hospital was were Mom was being treated. And some of the people I knew were interns and Christians. They visited Mom, prayed over her, and told her she was healed. (Mom thought they were sweet young men.) They told me the same thing and I believed them, because, hey, you know. If you don't believe it won't happen. Three months later she died, and I consented to go back with Dad, because I'm my younger brother's godmother, so promised Mom I'd raise him to be a good Catholic, if she ever died just five years earlier. No Christian community where Dad lived, or, at least, no way for me to get there, since I wasn't old enough to drive and then no way Dad would ever let me drive when I was old enough. So, I backslid quickly. And was left with that, "Believe and she will be healed" thing dangling there without explanation on what happened. 2. 43 years later, I grew up, came back to the Lord, found a man who changed my mind on the whole marriage thing, married him, was/am still deeply in love with him, and one night he had a strange kind of indigestion. (He knew something was wrong, so he googled and Googled told him it was indigestion. BTW, never tell an ER doctor what Google diagnosed. They look at you funny.) Four days later, after the "indigestion" wouldn't even let him lay down to sleep, he finally consented to let me take him to the ER. He didn't have a heart attack. He was having a massive heart attack. The last words the ER doctor told him were, "You're dying. I have to put you on a ventilator right now." We got to the ER at noon. I got home by myself at 10 PM, and, oh BTW, I can't sit or stand that long, so even that was a miracle. By the time I got home, two doctors told me, without ever saying the words, "Don't expect him to survive." The first one told me that before he was transferred to another hospital because the one we went to didn't do stents. (Another miracle. He was transferred from a pretty bad hospital to a hospital that's in the seventh best position in the country for cardiac care.) The second one told me, after the surgery and while he was being wheeled into the ICU. At the time all this was happening, we had been disabled for a long enough time that our only friends are each other and people we met online. So, that night I went to those people I knew online. "Pray, 'Thy will be done.'" This time was different. I already experienced, "believe, and she will be healed." I never asked, nor expected him to be healed. I also didn't expect him to die. A few people did tell me God told them he would be healed. Not my friends. I had thousands of people across the globe praying for him, and I have no doubt God heard. I also have no doubt "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." The odds of surviving after being on an EKMO for nine days is slim. (EKMO is that machine they use to keep blood oxygenated when doing a heart transplant.) The odds of surviving pneumonia right after having a heart attack is slim. The odds of surviving an infection that brings your white blood cell count above 40 is slim, even if you didn't have a heart attack right before that. The odds of surviving a night with a 47 white blood cell count after having a heart attack is 10%. (Intensivist told me he had 35 people to care for in his ICU, and my hubby was the sickest.) The odds of kidney shutting down because of all that are good. The odds of ever getting kidneys back are slim. The odds of waiting 31 days to have that ripped off micro-valve replaced by a pig's micro-valve was slim. The odds of surviving for a year after spending 31 days in ICU are slim. (He spent 62 days.) The odds of having bladder control again after being stuck on a foley were less likely than that night he had a 10% chance. In his case, he beat all those odds. I get God chose the miracle that time. I'm thrilled God chose the miracle this time. (He's such a miracle to be alive, even his doctors were shocked and called him, "the Miracle Man.") So, why did I write this? Because people flip out "believe, and you will be healed," so easily. I do believe God does miracles, but belief doesn't have to be manufactured for him to do the miracle. AND, it's not a miracle, if it happens all the time. I've seen so many hurt because it cost nothing to say, "Believe and you will be healed." Well, it does cost something. It costs great pain if it was never God's will to heal. And it costs less integrity to the one saying it. How about, "Thy will be done?" That one always works out right every single time. Matter of fact, that's why Jesus taught us to pray it.
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    I'm a sucker for origin stories, how the sausage is made. This is an amazing story and gives me some confidence to keep working on my own novels. https://medium.com/@kellybertog/my-worst-day-j-k-rowling-f99bc7c33168
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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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    Cluedo? I thought it was just Clue. ๐Ÿค”
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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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    Lots of tidbits, makes me want to listen to his music for the rest of the day now!
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    Looks and sounds great, congratulations!
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    Hi Gillian, welcome to Christianwriters! It is great to meet you, and have you here!
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    Heh. And that's only half of it! It's a fair question. It's worth noting that this spreadsheet didn't come together all at once - it was something I started with just a few columns and it grew over time as I listened to the Story Grid podcast and looked at the spreadsheets other Story Gridders were using. I wrote the first rough draft of this as a Pantser. It was a real mess. The genre was all over the place, I didn't know what Clay's flaw was nor how that related to the Antagonist in the Climax, I was missing key conventions and obligatory scenes, and so on. When I went through and created my own version of the Story Grid spreadsheet, I added my own columns and made someone else's analytical tool my own. I'm not a Structure guy by nature - I'm most comfortable writing scenes as they occur to me. However, as I've dug into the theory and tried it for myself, I've found the spreadsheet to be a brilliant tool for how to look at my novel and see areas where it needs work. Even now I look at the Polarity Shift column and see areas where I might want to snug some things up to make the novel even better, but I'm waiting for my first round of Beta feedback before I tweak anything else. I want to make this novel as strong as it can be and this spreadsheet is a great tool for analysis. I want to make sure I don't have too many 'guy in a coffee shop' scenes or too many scenes where the polarity shift is always rising. I tend to be too nice to my protag and I've had to add in more scenes where things were going wrong. It's hard to do because I like Clay but it's better for the novel and I really want this to be as good as it can be before I put it out in the world. tl-dr: I'm not a super analytical guy on my own but building on what others have built has helped me to be more creative, not less. Finding something that works for me has helped me to dramatically increase how fast I can write a novel. It looks daunting at first but as I built my spreadsheet the first time I came to appreciate just how valuable this at-a-glance view could be. I suspect the writers who pump out novel after novel have this all in their head and do this automatically but for me, this is a valuable and actually helpful tool at this stage in my development as an author.
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    That is something else! And I thought I was a fairly thorough planner. Impressive.
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    I add my congratulations to all the others. May the Lord be with you.
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    I'll pray for you and yours, Lynn!
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    Would you all please pray for our family? We have a rather desperate situation that needs to be resolved quickly. Thank you all so much for your precious prayers. ๐Ÿงก
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    Time is running out and we're getting somewhat antsy. But standing on God's faithfulness. Bless you all! ๐Ÿงก
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    Thank you so much, jonjovi, Erin, and Y! Appreciate it deeply. ๐Ÿงก
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    That's easy, about $45,000 more than me. ๐Ÿ˜†
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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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    Happy 50th, David!
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    Really? That's fabulous, Erin. Congratulations!!
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    Hi! 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's a lot to deliver in the first five pages!
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    I was once a little girl So very long ago Skating on the lakes thin ice Dancing in the snow Provoked to play on Crystal Ponds By friends I held so dear Oh the memories I now cherish As the end of life grows near Oh that I was young again What angels I'd create Laying in whitened mounds of snow Back in my childhood days
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    That's awesome, @EBraten!! Congratulations!! ๐ŸŽ‰
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    Try this - an explanation of once reason Bach makes musicians nervous
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    Wow, Teddy, what you've written seems to be telling my story...
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