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    True, but by in large the smartest people I know read all the time...and not just wordy dribble. There have been studies showing that children who spend more than 2 hours daily watching TV experience slowed cognitive development. Granted, one can find a study to prove anything they wish, but it's certainly something we can't ignore. We have a sect of religious separatists in the county. They are not permitted to watch tv/movies/play video games etc. Those kids are often the brightest students. Not definitive proof I know, but again, a major factor.
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    As someone who struggled in math, and was advanced despite my utter and complete ignorance of the material, God bless you! (Luckily I ended up with teachers in high school who did as you did. But it was a rough go till then)
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    Is it possible to offer *two* versions of your shirt? If you offer both a "standard" screen printed version, and a "deluxe" raised vinyl version, then you're buying from her as promised, but giving customers a choice, and letting the market decide which is preferable. If hers don't sell as robustly as the less expensive version, she has the option of modifying her prices to be competitive.
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    I have some other suggestions. 1. Sit on it. It is good to take a break from the story. (Of course, this is a good time to wait for feedback if you find beta-readers.) 2. Reflect on your own life. Often, I find that consciously or unconsciously, I have the characters in my stories wrestle with the same issues I am in my personal life. Strengthen that. For example, I had to deal with grief over my mother dying as well as a long period of suffering in my own family. As my faith grew and I understood the Bible better on these matters, I found ways to work Biblical principles into my current novel I am writing. 3. Do you know what your story is about? You had your planned ideas, but did something extra arise during the writing? Find it and polish it. I wrote one non-fiction book in which I got near the end and discovered that I had written a different book than I had planned. I researched spiritual values, but found that the larger issue was how to worship God in spirit and in truth. 4. Read it aloud. I don't do this much, but other writers do. It helps you find clumsy phrasing, awkward, tortured sentence structure, etc. 5. Check all transitions. Chapter and scene beginnings and endings should sing. Can you raise new questions or cliffhangers at the endings to keep the reader turning the page? Can you jump into the action faster? Can you find clever ways to enter a scene, with the characters involved in unusual activities? Does each ending flow to the next beginning? Or should you abruptly leave one character in the middle of a mess and cut to someone else to add suspense? 6. Setting. Did you establish setting quickly in each scene? Do you use your setting effectively, to set tone, foreshadow, symbolize theme, etc? Is there a scene with a dull setting? Can you move it elsewhere? I recently wrestled with an important reveal that takes place in a boring bedroom. The trick was to relentlessly foreshadow that there was something forgotten under the bed, and to have the heroine tidy up her room but not get to the spot under the bed until late in the chapter. Then, when she and the hero find the unopened letter, I decided that the words were in code, leading to further delay in finding the message. Furthermore, since her bedroom wall is covered in magic, animated paint, the images on the wall also foreshadow their relationship breakup. Alternately, you may want to move a scene somewhere else. In my previous novel, I rewrote the ending battle to occur in another dimension, inside a hollowed-out moon. Designing a new world with disordered gravity and other strange phenomena made for a fantastic and distinct climax. 7. Rejoice! Finishing a first draft is a time to celebrate.
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    This is great! My dog is more of an naughty outside dog. Loves to dig holes in the back yard, well the same one over and over. It is a rather large hole too. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ
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    I grew up in the time of books, so immediately think all learning comes through books. Then there were two things I tried to learn through books that couldn't work because it takes 1-2 years to publish a book and the info changed too quickly. SEO and coding for websites. (Ends up, I don't have a brain for coding anyway.) Business changes often too, so it may well be something that requires videos. (Although, as bad as business has gotten in the last couple of decades, I think he could easily become a CEO if he studied business books -- there's always audio -- from the first half of the 20th century.)
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    Pain level - 2. Like a recurring sinus headache. But, hey, not as bad as broken bones, or finding out your heater needs to be replaced. ;)
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    Welcome! It's great to meet you
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    Hmmm. This is odd for me as I have not done this before. Greetings to one and all dear sirs and madams, I bid thee a most "welcome". I am Charles Beanland, age 58, living in Alaska on the island of Kodiak for now. I am reaching out to whomever that might respond so I might find an iron to sharpen myself on without getting metal splinters. I am ex navy, an ex husband and an ex southern boy from Florida. I cannot stop the stories from going through my head, but I have problems getting anyone to give me a good argument - improvement - encouragement - or just a good pat on the head saying "now there's a good boy ." and to be honest I fear the quick kick in the pants if I messed up. I have many stories as I have had time to write them and very few that are complete. Sadly. Thus my reason for asking for help. I write fiction in the line of "what if", in my thinking, and like to try and make the reader think. I was in Colorado Springs years back and a publisher told me that I need a good English course to build or rebuild what is missing in my life. In 2013 -2015 I took a few English 101 course and creative writing classes. I enjoyed them very much but the liberal views of the Collage was something that was a big disappointment to encounter. Silly me for not looking before I leaped. I also write my thought experiments or essays of my ponderings to work things out as I go through them. I would like either a good argument and why you feel that way so I may understand you thinking on the matter. I prefer a "two thumbs up" instead but that is wishful thinking on my part. I have attached one of many essays with this ( I think) If I have attached it right. To start things off and see with whom I am going to be dealing with. Please be gentle as I do not want to spend my time alone on the corner crying and wishing for someone to give me a hug to make it all better. In my time alone out in the wilds of Alaska, (A remote caretaker of lodges), I have had time to research, think, and play with the idea of things. So, now I think on the deep side. And as I like to say, -{If you are trying to think outside of the box, why not just get rid of the box to begin with?}- YES! My humor is good sounding to me as I write this, but it may not come across as I wish it to be in paper/computer. And if you can find it in your heart . . ."Please to forgive If I offend thee" as Puck woulds say in Shakespeare.
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    Hello all! How exciting to find a group of like minded, heartfilled souls I just received back my edited memoir and am looking for beta readers before I send to publishers. It is about a young girl (me )growing up in an abusive situation who must look to Christ for strength to survive and later heal. I'm not sure exactly how this works, but looking forward to figuring it out and supporting each other. I'm very happy to read other people's work as well!
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    Ah, thanks suspensewriter! I do see that area. I will post it there soon. Still getting used to the site and learning what goes where.
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    I think there's a larger issue that's being missed in this discussion. We can assess that readers these days are dumbing down, terminally ignorant, etc., and then debate all the causes. But as writers, what does this mean? Do we wring our hands, complain, share depressing stories, or do we find a way to adapt to reach our audience? Maybe it's just the business side of me, but I personally don't think it's a good idea to talk about my audience (customers) in a way they can only see as insulting. I mean really, if you were a reader and came across this topic, how would you feel?
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    I hear you. Glad you have a happy ending! Gives the rest of us some hope!
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    Did it clear up? Any co-infections? I was told I had Lyme's and underwent a ridiculous course of potent antibiotics to no avail. My new doctor had me tested for mold. Turns out I have elevated levels of Ochratoxin A and she suspects Bartonella. I really, really, really, like hearing successful healing stories. Hoping yours is one of them!
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    Wow. Okay then. ๐Ÿ˜’
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    As a parent of a child who has learning disabilities, and went through school under an IEP, I'd strongly caution you about making such generalizations. Often "teaching him to walk" means starting out with a wheelchair, and sometimes a wheelchair is all they can hope for. Each case is different. That's the point of an IEP.
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    I will. But, I was just looking for some input, maybe some direction before I speak with her. She is a church friend and the pastor's daughter-in-law so I have to tread lightly. Good idea.
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    My name is Tom currently living in Memphis, TN with my wife of 37 years. I am a sinner saved by God's amazing grace trying my best to fulfill a promise made to Him. The promise? After many years of living the good life (or so I thought) that included a serious cocaine addiction and doing just about everything possible to reach a higher level of insanity, I promised God if he spared my life I would spend my remaining days telling everyone how WONDERFUL & AMAZING GOD IS. A member of this community read a post and suggested I introduce myself to this wonderful group of writers. Thank God for her and this opportunity to share what The Holy Spirit leads me to write and share with you.
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    Lynn, 70? Wow. That's a true miracle he lives. Four years ago, I'm in the ER waiting to find out what's wrong with hubby, (and pretty sure it was a heart attack), when a nurse said to me, "I knew something was wrong when he came in. He was so gray." Gray? Didn't notice at all. Too busy noticing how hard it is for him to breathe. (BTW, it was both -- was and is a heart attack. The "congested heart failure" variety, which are creepy words for doctors to use without explanation after the heart attack part was over. Still creepy, even knowing what it means.) A couple of months ago, a resident tells him how nicely pink he was, after he was given his oxygen machine. He was lacking any form of pink before that because his oxygen was down below 90. Still cannot tell the difference, but at least he can now. Sooo, when they lose pink it is time to worry. If your hub gets to the oxygen machine level, I give you the words hubby's pulmonologist said. "We can give you all sorts of drugs that slow down the progress. BUT we can offer one thing that truly adds to your life. Oxygen." The machine is a royal pain to live with, but I do love he can get enough oxygen now. On the machine he averages 96.
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    {waving} Well, hello! So glad you're back and you still have the passion to write. I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. Saying a prayer for you. ๐Ÿงก You can search this forum (general) for prayer requests. There are several you can respond to if you like. Happy you're back!
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    I remember you! I think I even critiqued sections of the Sehret Chronicles in the critique section. I was so impressed by your craft and your focus on writing, and I wished I'd been as motivated when I was your age. I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was 13, and I know it's hard and painful. It's wonderful that you're back! I, too, took a long hiatus from this community and only became active again last year. I've also gone the indie publishing route. God has put a gift in you. You're a writer with stories to share. Please do stick around and let's continue to build each other up.
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    Yeah, welcome RockyMtn Gal- it's nice to meet you!
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    Welcome, it's nice to meet you.
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    Thank you for the welcome :) After reading some other calls for beta readers, I realize that people usually put a synopsis. Here is one for my book... Veronica is the youngest of three siblings living on an Air Force Base in rural Mississippi. When her parents divorce and neither want to take care of her, Veronica's life is ripped out from underneath her feet and a long journey of bouncing around the country to live with different people begins. Along her journey, she and her siblings encounter the underbelly of rural life in Mississippi, the dangers of the inner city gangs of San Antonio, Texas, and the evil lurking in one working class suburb of Connecticut. Within her, the forces of good and evil are playing out an age old battle for her soul. Now, she must decide if she will yield to the forces of evil and disappear in her pain or fight for her humanity.
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    Hi!! Welcome to Christian Writers! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— So glad you could join us!
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    Oh heavens, I'm not a teacher!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I just like to call myself that. I don't think I'd have the courage to be a teacher. But it's wonderful to meet you too! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— Looking forward to getting to know you better.
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    Hello, welcome to Christinawriters passionforbooks! It is great to have you here!
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    @HK1 Well it is nice to meet you. Thank you for your kind words and I hope that we will be of great blessing to one another and to others in Christ.
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    @chuck kralik Thank you to a fellow chuck-ster/charles. I hope we can be of great encouragement to each other and to those around us in Christ.
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    @sarah daffy Thank you for your kind words and support. Your cool.
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    @Miss Erin Forgive me here but I feel like I should address you as a teacher with the title of "Miss Erin". A Are you one? If so what do you teach? English I hope or is it creative writing? I ask, as I might be in need of a good red pen and a sad face sticker on my papers some times. If you are not one . .tis a pleasure to meet you my dear and thank you for the response. Very kind of you.
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    M. H. I. Good night, I found another with an open mind ! ! ! My hat is off to you for having the spiritual incite here. Love the series and the butch macho, cheesy, over the top - ("Just a flesh wound Sgt. . .I'll sow it up later because I'm busy at the moment killing evil things in the world.") attitude. Please to forgive. . . I do not know Robert Heinlein.
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    Hi Charles, welcome to Christianwriters! It is great to meet you, and have you here!
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    More like a Larry Correia kind of guy in his original "Monster Hunters International." And a little bit of Robert Heinlein.๐Ÿ™‚
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    I agree. I have some stories as a teacher that would make any parent's blood curdle.
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    That's helpful. Both books can be read independently because each book's story is self contained. So if someone read bk 2 it wouldn't matter that they had not read bk 1. It is just that I have some.of the same characters of bk1 in bk2 but the two.main ones are new in bk2.
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    HI Nalini, welcome to Christianwriters! It is great to meet you, and have you here!
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    Welcome, Nalini! It's great to meet you may I ask where you are from?
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    Hi, Tom. You have an amazing story, and I'm so glad you want to share your witness with the world. Best wishes and blessings on your writing!
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    Welcome to our writing family, Shane. 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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    As a new member, there are a couple of places that will open up to you as you pass the 10 comment requirement. This helps to keep people from jumping on the site, dropping in a link, and running off. The critique forum is another area. So please be patient and wonder around and check out the threads and leave some comments. It won't take long. And it's painless. Also, if you haven't already, I hope you'll hop over to Meet and Greet and introduce yourself so everyone will know you are here and can welcome you.
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