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    C. S. Lakin's article: How to Put Passion into Your Writing.
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    For nearly a decade now, I've felt a strong call to share the Christian Walk of Faith with my readers. Increasingly my belief is that for many, if not most, people who consider themselves Christian, the born-again faith walk is pure fantasy. What I mean is: the daily walk with Jesus, conversing with Him, observing miraculous interventions in your life regularly—usually more than once a day. Now I'm not putting myself forward as anything special. My walk just seems to be very different from many of the people I talk with both inside and outside of the church. I'm not a rabid, Bible-thumping Jesus Freak—though that label has been used to cast aspersions on me. Yes, I'm Pentecostal, filled with the Spirit, tongue-talking, and all of that. But that's not so unusual any more, is it? So, I've been working in that direction. I started with non-fiction because I just didn't grok the requirements of fiction. I'm not sure I do yet. I do know that as I've been writing my latest fantasy novel, I've regularly ended up in worship—simply praising the Lord for His love and wisdom. He gives me ideas that simply blow me away as they work out in the story. It's enough so that my tagline for the book is now: When's the last time a novel led you into worship? I've read quite a few over the past decade. But they're still really rare. My concern is that it seems obvious that we're going to be headed for our wedding with Jesus soon. I want to bring as many people along with me as possible. Of course, only the Holy Spirit can bring that about. But I suspect you understand what I'm saying. So, how is your ministry going? OR, is your writing only a means of income? But in that case, it might as well be a clean read—the so-called non-religious option. I'm just curious.
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    Grammar is my worst subject, and my memory is infamously bad (my family calls me the absent-minded professor), so I truly believe that God's gift is the ONLY reason I am able to write at all. My books, a YA series, attempts to answer "If God is good and all powerful, why is there pain and evil in the world?" And I believe He has provided me an abundance of answers for my story to reveal. I believe the problem of pain is one of the greatest reasons people pull away, and I hope my book helps bring people to Jesus.
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    My novel, "They Don't Cast Shadows" is a supernatural romantic/adventure for Young Adults. It has a clear gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ. I pray that one of my readers comes to know the Lord through it.
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    I am pleased to announce that one of my devotional writings has been published in a soon-to-be-released book called "Prayer: Approaching the Throne of Grace". This 26 week devotional and journal will be officially released in April, but you can pre-order a copy now at the following link: https://devotableapp.com/…/prayer-approaching-the-throne-o…/ My particular devotion is about Jesus' prayer from the cross and is called "Father, Forgive". I hope you'll check it out!
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    David Farland shared some interesting thoughts in his most recent newsletter, recommending AGAINST asking friends and family to buy/review a book on Amazon unless they actually regularly read the genre, because it “pollutes” the book’s brand: https://mailchi.mp/xmission/david-farlands-writing-tips-list-building-201 I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the importance of building your writing list, but in the past few days, I’ve heard a few more tips that I thought I would pass on. Don’t “pollute” your list. I recently learned that when you put out a book on Amazon, let’s say it is a romance novel, you shouldn’t ask your mother, siblings, or coworkers to go buy your book unless they are fans of that genre. Otherwise, Amazon will look at the buyer’s reading habits and assume that there is some type of correlation between your book and their normal reading. Thus if mom is a fan of murder mysteries and you just wrote a romance, Amazon will wonder if it is a romantic murder, and will try to link your book to other murder mysteries. Thus, with each book that you write, or each genre, you want to try to build a unique audience for that book from fans that you find organically. You do this of course by advertising on Facebook, doing readings at conventions, and so on. Your image. Whenever I have been photographed by a newspaper or magazine photographer, they beg you to get into one of two poses. Either they want to show you hard at work on your manual typewriter (I haven’t used one of those since 1973!) or else they want to show you giving what I call “the glassy-eyed stare.” You know what I mean: they want you staring off out a window or something as if you’re envisioning strange new worlds. Find something more interesting. Thriller writer Marta Sprout has a picture of her swimming with a mighty big whale shark. I thought that was a good one. A horror writer friend of mine once found herself outside a French cathedral that was being remodeled, and she squatted down among a pile of stone gargoyles. She found that when she sent out her next press release to newspapers, more than 90% of them published her story. Glassy-eyed writers staring off into space don’t sell. Your list. You need to have a program that lets you capture the readers’ names, email addresses, and locations. The reason that you need the first two is so that you can send them copies of your newsletter, but you want to know where they live in case you happen to be speaking or doing a book signing in their area. Thus, if you happen to be going to Kansas, you might want to alert fans in the area. Your reader magnets. A reader magnet is something you put on your site to convince readers that you’re worth following. You might try putting up a: Sample chapter or excerpt from a novel Short story Outtakes from your novel A great cover quote from a reviewer News of any awards that you have won An audio file of you speaking on a topic of interest or perhaps reading your own work (you can send these to readers now using Bookfunnel) An interesting written or audio interview An essay on “Why I wrote this book”? Or you can tell interesting stories about things that happened while you were writing the book. Remember that your goal in creating your reader magnets is to “be remarkable.” What does that mean? It means that you want people to not only be interested in you but to talk about you and your work with their friends.
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    Yes, this is a great song from the Afters. Light up the sky is my favorite!
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    I'm not sure about dumbed down. I tend to see it as terminally ignorant. I'm amazed at the things they've never heard of. I tend to write it off as the exceedingly small amount of actual content in the public schools. I mean, no geometry?! And it goes on from there.
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    A worthy goal. I pray it works well.
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    Yup! That's the bottom line.
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    Thanks, Sarah!
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    The sudden and tragic end of the saga.
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    It's impossible to look cool, when you're a Democrat who's trying to impeach the President, or running against him in this year's election, or both.
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    It goes way beyond that. Amazon actively blocks reviews from anyone with family/social media ties. In fact, it's been in their TOS for years. Yeah, I hate when I have a signing in Topeka and all my fans in the area don't know I'm there. 😄
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    Continuing and finishing is the point. But also going through all those revisions to improve the story is the point. And then taking your courage in your hands and submitting it is the point. (Yes, there are lots of points.)
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    Not exactly. The story I have would have to be a lot longer than 500 words. I suppose it's worth continuing. I just had really wanted to enter this contest is all. But I guess continuing and finishing would be the point, right?
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    HI Chuck, congratulations with your up coming book release! I like the two in one. Devotional and journal.
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    Though we should write to our audience, I too believe there has been a dumbing down over the years. I once heard a story about a professor at a law school who required all of his college students to read "The Federalist Papers" and inevitably each year some of the students would come to him and complain about how difficult it was to read "The Federalist Papers". His only response to them would be something along the lines of: "The Federalist Papers were written to the laymen of New York - the common person off the street. Hopefully, one day you will be able to attain to their academic prowess." As a teacher, I have seen our expectations of our students continue to drop year after year.
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    Keep trying. Write the story the way it sounds in your head, and then edit. A story I wrote a couple years back for a competition was originally double the max word count. A few edits and rewrites later and I was able to submit.
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    So I only wrote a little bit this morning, but it was over 300 words. Out of a possible 500. It's official: Flash fiction isn't my thing.
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    @Spaulding, thanks for this. I'm going to copy and paste it so i'll have it later on.
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    Pardon me? *glances at calendar and freaks out* YOU'RE RIGHT!!
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    It is very interesting to study different forms of poetry. If there are enough who would like to learn about different poetic forms, I would be happy to share some with all of you. Please let me know. Thanks and Blessings, MaryAnn
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    You might find the following short article helpful. https://fanstory.com/displaystory.jsp?hd=1&id=775627
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