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  1. Isn't that what bad guys do? That and kick puppies?
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  2. Make sure they are dressed as Star Trek Red Shirts.
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  3. I'm a newbie here and I'm excited to be a part of this community. I'm, of course, a writer, and aspiring to have a book published some day (hopefully soon)! I'm glad to have found this site - Happy 2021!
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  4. I wrote one series where I had to figure out an alternate way to increase the stakes and make the story interesting. It was set in the afterlife - everyone was already dead! This makes it difficult to win a war.
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  5. Killing of a m/c is fun. No seriously, what I mean is that your job as writer is the entertain and surprise your reader. So, killing of a character that they do not expect can be a really go way to keep them reading. However, it is essential that there is a very good reason for killing said character off. It has to be integral to the plot. If you can think of other ways to get your point across or achieve the goal of the story then don't kill them off. It is the same with your m/c facing disaster or tragedy. The reader has to understand the 'why' for it happening. JK Rowlin
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  6. I was so reluctant to kill a particular character in one of my stories that I planned (and partly wrote) an entire alternative ending where he didn’t die, even though I knew deep down it had to happen. In that particular case, it was not a minor character, but either way, if the story calls for it, I think you’ll know.
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  7. This is actually an interesting point. Abraham negotiated God down to just a handful of believers (four, I think it was?) to prevent the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. And, as we already know, there wasn't even that. Could it be that there are people and places that are just plain irredeemable? That's why I used the word "seemingly." While and Old and New Covenant exists, the Law and sin still remain. I personally don't see a contradiction in either section of the Bible. What I see is a difference of focus. One is more historical,
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  8. I think there are times when killing off a character can be just the shock you need to bring forth a lesson later on or allow you to curve the story in a different direction. It may very well be necessary to effect another character's arc, to essentially throw their life into chaos and then show the transition or path back to order.
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  9. I try to read thru the bible chronologically, every year. As I do that, I think a very unified story emerges. But many changes also occur. We like to think of the Bible characters as just like us, only in quaint costumes. In a few ways, they're almost alien to us. They lived in a terrifying world, where a quarter to a third of all children never survived to puberty. Women regularly died in childbirth. A scratch could put a strong, healthy man on his deathbed in a week. A lack of rain in one season could mean that all the elderly and maybe all children in your village wouldn't survi
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  10. I'm excited to read this book I got in today!
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  11. Y'all ever get worked up about something in real life and decide, "you know what? Maybe the bad guy kills off a few innocent people after all"? It's probably a good thing I forgot my laptop charger at my parents' house and have to wait until Saturday to get it back. Might just save some characters' lives. Toying with the idea though, I may find it helpful.
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  12. Hi Everyone, I just joined the Christian Writers Forum and this club. I'm so excited to be in the company of Christian fantasy writers. I'm working on my first novel, and I came to a place where Isaiah 60:3 was so appropriate for my character's experience of the God character in the story. Do you think it's wrong to use it there (slightly adjusted to fit the story), saying that it was from the scriptures of my made up religion, which is very much based on Christianity? Thanks.
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  16. Howdy! Glad that you're here! I'm also considering publishing my first book this year as well!
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  18. Oh, dear. I'm so sorry, Alley. Praying for the Lord's hand of diagnosis and healing upon your friend.
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  19. Welcome to our writing family, Kazaza. 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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  20. I read an interesting commentary. In Judaism, a minyan is ten, the minimum number of men that can form a religious community. Someone theorized that it is because of Abraham's bargaining. Ten was the lowest number of righteous people that can live in a place and survive and hold back the judgment of God. This reasoning was based on the story of Noah. Noah, his wife, sons and their wives totaled eight people. It was not enough to prevent God from destroying the whole world (apart from Noah and family). Thus eight is too few, but ten is enough. This leaves nine people in limbo. We don't know if
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  21. Oh, I don't know, that was pretty much Patroclus's job description in The Iliad. His license plate even read "P10TDEVICE". Anyway, I think it really depends on how you pull it off. I can usually guess if a minor character is going to die off and it's usually because they're poorly developed. A better thought, but much more daring, is to kill off a main character. That's what really seals the deal. That's what helps makes the villian more real to the audience. If no one is safe, then it leaves readers wondering if the protag. will make it.
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  22. Here's a thing... We probably can agree that God deeply loves all of us, and that He's unwilling that any should be lost. He's got this huge world full of people, and is waiting for us to love Him back, but only some will. Love is voluntary; it's one of the hugest ironies imaginable that The Master Of The Universe, who can do anything, will allow Himself to be constrained by our choices, because our loving Him back is that important to him. Now, let's consider a few things about love. We may dearly love our hands, our eyes, and every other part of ourselves. Yet if our
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  23. Hi Kazaza! Welcome aboard! What do you enjoy writing?
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  24. Hi, Kazaza. Welcome to ChristianWriters. Many blessings on your writing endeavors!
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  25. Hmmm, that seems a bit like cheating. If you decide murder and mayhem are necessary, I’d go ahead and kill someone who already has an additional purpose in the story (after he’s fulfilled it, of course.)
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  26. Welcome aboard, Kazaza! It's great to have you here.
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  27. Yes, but... My poor innocent bystanders!!
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  28. Hi all! I usually pop in when I need to pick your brilliant brains and ask for guidance and advice. You've always been so kind and generous, answering my endless questions and offering helpful suggestions. Thank you all so very much. Today I have great news! Some of you already know, but for those that don't, I'm happy to announce the debut of my first novel! Paint Me Fearless (Book 1 of The Shady Gully Series) debuts Wednesday, January 6th. It's Inspirational/southern/women's fiction, and when asked, I usually say: Think Steel Magnolias meets The Ya-Ya Sist
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  29. Happy New Year to you also, Glad that you have joined the community. I too am aspiring writer working on my first book, I have benefited a lot from this wonderful, caring, exceptional community.
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  30. Welcome, it's nice to meet you!
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  31. Amosathar, you should watch the video at "Talking About the Enneagram: Is it Dangerous? Things Christians Should Know" - YouTube. It's fairly interesting.
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  32. I firmly believe God gave even non-believes plenty of chances, and that whole countries being destroyed is because of the extent of their wickedness. Any that had the potential to actually change their ways were saved, such as Rahab. I agree with the statement above, that love isn't just kindness. Also keep in mind, God directed those military battles. It wasn't just the Israelites deciding to kill people because THEY believed them to be wicked and hatred them, but because the LORD told them to. Think also about Isaac, saved at the last moment when Abraham was being obedient to sac
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  33. I have to remember these can't be contradictory views because God doesn't change. I'm thinking the differences between the Old and New Testaments have to do with the Old and the New Covenant. I've linked a couple articles that might help with your research. https://www.gotquestions.org/old-covenant-vs-new-covenant.html https://www.gotquestions.org/God-different.html
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  34. My parents always told me to keep in mind that God isn't just love and that even if God was, love is more complex than that. Love isn't just being kind to people. Love is often painful and harsh and difficult. It's complicated. Likewise, God's relationship with us is complicated. God's relationship is loving but it's also directing us to goodness. There are actions that I don't understand. There are actions that I understand now better than I did as a child. For example, the 40 years in the desert wasn't just a punishment: it helped them so grow hardier and stronger for what was to com
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  35. Difference being the lack of the Holy Spirit? It was only given to a few in the OT, and it left just as easily sometimes. Not to mention, David was OT and he loved/respected God, and Saul, enough not to kill him on two occasions. Best I have for now.
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  36. You could read first "The Unseen Realm," Jeff. That goes into this in detail.
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  37. No thoughts yet. But I did move this to the writing forum for you.
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  38. I've loved reading all your thoughts. In my case, I've never made New Year's resolutions or planned goals. They just don't work for me. I leave it all open to the Lord's leading. But then again, I write nonfiction and devotionals! The last year was a year of resting, laying back. Right now, I have no clue where I'll be led to take my writing. But wherever it is, I'll be attempting to be obedient to follow the Lord's leading. When I do that, someone else always benefits from something I write. Not horn-blowing. Just stating what occurs. Because the Lord knows of at least one person
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  39. William, that is a wonderful idea! You will be built up by what you read and you will contribute good to the writers you read for! You should list the genres you are most interested in. When I have something, I'll be sure to send you a copy!
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  40. Thanks everyone. Jonjovi, that cover.... It was nothing like I imagined, but now I really love it. Thank you.
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  41. I'm coming to this thread late, but I've enjoyed reading everyone's goals. Mine are: 1. Complete and publish the fourth novel in my series. 2. Write some short fiction for my blog. 3. Fully outline my next series. 4. Write the first book in my next series. 5. Be consistent with building and nurturing my platform.
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  42. Whoops, missed this one. Meh, I'm ok with scenic photography. Never took the time to really learn about apertures etc. However, you're not far off with the picture idea. Exchange the camera for pencils and you'll have it.
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  43. Yeah, well, I haven't made it easy either. I'm leery about giving information online...but that will have to change if I intend to market a book soon. Pfffffttttt! Seriously though, it depends on the situation. For some events, you're right on the money. For others..... I try, and I oftentimes fail. It's easier on sites like this when I can go back and edit what I said . Yes and yes. Nailed it. The horror part in particular is fun to a very limited point. I cannot handle true horror. The gen
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  44. I like the cover art, congratulations!
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  45. Close - I took trumpet lessons as a kid and gave it up. Also quit at recorder, ukulele, violin. Tried guitar for a few years and got mediocre at it, but after I had kids, didn’t have time for it any more. I do like to sing. I toured Romania with a gospel choir in the summer of 1991 and sang in choirs in school before that. Dog lover? Yup. My picture has a picture of me with my dog Ben when he was a puppy. He is now eleven.
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  46. Y’all want to write - I want to erase!!! 1. Complete last remaining chapter of “Peace: Like Solomon Never Knew”. 2. Cut 100 pages from my nonfiction manuscript “Peace: Like Solomon Never Knew”. 3. Self publish Peace. 4. Not get burned at the stake as a heretic. (Been reading about Joan of Arc.) 5. Get back to writing my YAF “The Loyalty of Trolls”. I had no clue when I started 2020 that I would write an 800 page book. That is twice as much as I have ever written in a single year! If this pandemic doesn’t end soon, I will totally exhaust myself with
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  47. @Celebrianne Indeed it is!
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  49. I've heard every author and their mom swear by having an email list. Everywhere I go, the advice is always to build your email list as your first step. The problem is, I've built an email list two times, the first time up to 1500 subscribers, and now I'm up to 500 again, and it has done absolutely no good. I've tried tweaking it over and over again, I've tried changing the onboarding sequence and following successful authors' advice for how to convert subscribers to readers, and nothing changes. They only ever click on free stuff. Literally 0 subscribers left a review when I gave away ARC copi
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