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Showing content with the highest reputation on 05/12/2020 in all areas

  1. That is funny, Sarah!
    2 points
  2. I write because making up stories is fun. And because I think it’s one of the good things God has prepared for me to do.
    2 points
  3. I have always written on and off throughout my life. I was quite a shy child and not didn't excel at school so I writing was something that teacher spotted me doing and encouraged me to develop. That gave me confidence. As I grew older I realise it could be used to explore issues about life or simply an 'emotional bolthole' to bunker down into when life got tough. Now, I write because I want people to read my work and think about things in it. All a bit egotistic really.
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  4. I don't subscribe to the set number of words per day/week/month. It just doesn't work for me. What I tend to do is have a timescale in mind for a chunk of the WIP I am working on. I do try to write or edit most days though. It's like a muscle - if you don't use regularly it get weak or stiff to use. Once the 1st draft is done - then I tighten up my objectives.
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  5. As @suspensewriter says, his 5,000 Words Per Hour and Write to Market books are great. I think 5,000 WPH is actually free on his website. You'll have to sign up for his mailing list to get it, but his newsletter is great. I have his whole series of books for writers and have learned so much from them. He's got a great and humble attitude. About the reader profile, I go about mine differently. Instead of thinking in terms of demographics, I picture the kinds of stories my ideal reader wants to read, and what they want to get out of reading them. My ideal reader is looking for realis
    2 points
  6. I'm like anyone who has a talent and enjoys expressing it, as God would desire. That said, I can't give you a logical explanation as to why I love to write, or why I enjoy writing in my chosen genre(s). Why do I love the Beatles song "Here Comes the Sun," and am not very fond of "Hey Jude." HUH? How can I like a song that didn't crack their top-50 better than their biggest, number one hit? Maybe it’s just the way God made me.
    2 points
  7. He does have a few on marketing and such.
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  8. They actually sold tickets. It wasn't quite as thrilling as the reviews said it was.
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  9. This is so clever. If you can't read it (from let to right), make your screen view a little bigger...
    2 points
  10. This quote from David Morrell got me thinking: "An idea for a story has taken control of you, and you're eager to put it on the page. What happens next? I've heard of (a) few occasions in which a story came to a writer perfectly formed. Most of the tie, your idea needs to be focused. You need to make decisions about characters, setting, viewpoint, and so on." Is it really true that sometimes an idea comes to a writer fully formed? Do you have to plot out something before you write it down? Or are you like me- you don't have a clue about what you're writing about u
    1 point
  11. From CS Lakin's (former member) site: How to Write the Perfect Cliff-Hanger by Rachel Cooper
    1 point
  12. Just work it out. Average words per day 400. I started writing Granny Annie at the beginning of lockdown 7wkd ago x20k = 400.
    1 point
  13. You know, I’d love to leave a review on Amazon, but I just realized I can’t. You have to have bought a certain amount of stuff from Amazon first. But I think I can leave a review on Goodreads, since I just joined. I’ll try to do that.
    1 point
  14. I believe God called m to write. That is why I spend quantity time with it.
    1 point
  15. Hard to say. I tend to set my target in scenes rather than words. Some can be 1500 other as little as 500.
    1 point
  16. I paid for mine and was happy to do it! And I'll still leave a good review!
    1 point
  17. The only good thing about the pandemic is the stimulus check allowed me to buy ammo. At $20+ a box and $15 a half hour for range time I was down to once a year shooting. With the check I went online for the bulk pricing of $16 a box for 1000 rounds.
    1 point
  18. I think my sister lies somewhere between Lynn's answer and Thomas' - I really admire her writing.
    1 point
  19. The one about Write 5,000 words per hour is pretty good, also Write to Market!
    1 point
  20. Welcome Aboard Sam! You'll find a great group of wonderful people here at all levels of writing.
    1 point
  21. Does her goal include editing and revision?
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  22. It is a challenge for those of us who are social media shy to get a good handle on a target audience. I know the struggle well! This Chris Fox guy sounds interesting. I’ll have to look him up.
    1 point
  23. Oh, no problem at all. Just wouldn't want you to be overlooked.
    1 point
  24. A promotion anyone can get into, even me. From Friday, May 15, 2020 thru Monday, May 18, 2020 the ebook is FREE for four days. Well, almost. The only thing I ask is a review, good bad or otherwise. So get your copy while you can at no cost, there's no reason not to.
    1 point
  25. Sometimes I'd say the general plots of stories come to me fully formed, but in writing it, I just sit down and start writing whatever comes to mind. It's like the skeleton of the story just appears before me, and I have to dress it with muscles, sinew, skin and clothing (hope that's not too graphic an analogy). The strangest thing about it is that when the plots come to me, it always comes when I'm dreaming.
    1 point
  26. Coming late to the party, but here's my penny's worth. I get chunks of a story come to me fully formed and other parts I have to chase around like one does a rabbit. ( and they are hard to catch.) I have just written the last chapter of part 1 of my WIP and it has taken two weeks and several rewrites to nail the ending scene. The 1st chapter and the end-of-the-book chapter came quickly and more or less got written as I imagined them. It is the same for characters - some easy, some hard to develop fully.
    1 point
  27. I'd say "no." I think that's for the perpetually organized. I find that, even when I'm writing code, I'm working with what I'm writing like a sculptor does clay or stone. Sometimes the end product is already there, but you need to work with it until you get what you want in the end.
    1 point
  28. Hi Peggy. Welcome back!
    1 point
  29. Randolph who? Gosh I have to admit, I've never heard of him. But I have heard of the Duke!
    1 point
  30. While it's important to find your core audience, I wonder if it's risky to narrow it down to such a specific type of person. Wouldn't that limit your reach? I don't see my books as high-performance sports cars that only appeal to young males who love to go fast and look cool. I want to be the solid, dependable, versatile car that appeals to a wider consumer base. So I don't think I'd market it to such a specific buyer demographic. But I'm not a marketing expert, so that could be my mistake.
    1 point
  31. The greatest hope for all of creation is love, nothing else but, love in Christ Jesus. Love remains the greatest of God's command. Just as we love for the salvation of our soul, we also must love for that of others, as we love to be comforted, helped, loved in whatever ways of God, we also, ought to reflect the same for others, even unto those who pose to be enemies when viewed in the eyes of flesh. Our neighbors, in contrast might be people who considers us as enemies or even people you've not even seen in your life time just as I haven't seen you. Love must be of hear
    1 point
  32. I usually have a solid idea before I begin to write. This is not to say that I have plotted it out (sorry, Johne), but I have some details in mind. I had a story about a white pony working around in my head for months before I figured out how to make it work. Most of my stories (usually short) just start with a basic concept and go from there. In other words, I'm a pantser (not a panther, as the spell checker suggested).
    1 point
  33. I'm a plotter and not a pantser. I tried starting out as a pantser because that was the only thing I knew. Then, I read a few craft books (best one was Anatomy of Story by Truby) and that really solidified me as a plotter. I much prefer to architect out everything ahead of time before I start writing too much. So, I'm writing stuff down and bits and pieces of dialogue and such, but I'm not really getting going until I've figured out a bunch of rather cool stuff about the characters like their weaknesses and motivations, how they'll change by the end of the book, what roles they pla
    1 point
  34. I generally start with a loose idea, maybe a few scenes that are fully formed. After a while it tends to start taking shape by itself, but I do need to make some conscious decisions as described in the quote shared. Interestingly, though, I do have to write the story to discover what it's really about, as in what the theme or takeaway is.
    1 point
  35. I sometimes plot a few scenes ahead of where I'm writing. Other times, I just write
    1 point
  36. Lately I don't have a clue about anything I'm doing. So I just do what I can and work it out from there.
    1 point
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