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  1. It was a dark and stormy night... Kidding KIDDING KIDDING!!!! Actually, though I've never read the book, I am always intrigued by: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
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  2. Talk about the power of story! From author Mike Duran:
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  3. From my teens until I hit thirty, I suffered from anxiety and depression. Becoming a Christian, studying the book of Philippians, joining a sound church, seeing a Christian counselor, plus serving others in ministry through that church slowly brought me out of the depression over the course of seven years, with a few breakthroughs which caused major improvements. One of those breakthroughs came when I visited a dying woman at her nursing home to console her. The first time I visited Janet, I was overwhelmed with compassion and wept uncontrollably for twenty minutes. After the tears subsided, I
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  4. Am I cheating if I say, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Okay here is a first line from a book I enjoyed reading “Far Out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.”
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  5. "Yes, I look if you need a pig!" Lol!!
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  6. I think someone’s done this before but it’s been a while, so...*shrugs* What is your favorite opening line you yourself have written or from a book you liked? “It. It was not a usual item, certainly. It was one of those things you might find lying under a shelf at a garage sale and then stash away in your attic for seven years, promptly forgetting about it within two hours of purchase.”
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  7. Two of my books, Silvyn’s Tale and The Beauty and the Throne have updated covers! The Beauty and the Throne cover received just a little touch-up, the biggest change being the color of the title font going from red to yellow. But the cover for Silvyn’s Tale was completely redone! I love the changes! Silvyn’s Tale also received a brand new back cover description, which I will post below for those who want to check it out. If you haven’t read one or both of these books, they are available from Amazon in paperback and ebook formats! Links below! If you have already bought one or both
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  8. Hi, I'm new to this forum. I'm writing a fictional Christian novel and looking for fellow like minded people to look for critiques and thoughts on my work. I'm excited I found this website! I hope to find a thriving community of people who are called like I am! Vicky
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  9. Amen! That is why I have spent the last year writing a book on finding Peace. It is the greatest gift that God has given me. Two months before I was saved, a stranger saw I looked depressed and asked if she could pray for me. I said yes. Two days later, amid deep discouragement and ready to give up on the school project I was working on, I remembered that this total stranger said she would pray for me. I was instantly filled with peace and it lasted for a few hours, enabling me to continue working. That experience of Peace was one of God's first signs to me and is probably why when another per
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  10. haha this: "I gasp for breath as he tightens his hold around my neck." {yes my current novel's beginning )
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  11. YES YES YES YES YES I say it does! My depression (among other things heheh...) have inspired me in many ways. They've helped me to write my story, because now, I can connect better with my characters, and understand how they feel. (off note but: in return, my novel has helped me so, so much in this battle) so yeah I think so! or at least sometimes
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  12. That ol' unpleasant visitor likes to show up at my house once in a while. For three reasons: 1) I have fibromyalgia and that feeling of less than comes with it, 2) I'm an introvert and a melancholy/phlegmatic (or phleg/mel, very close) personality, and 3) I'm creative, not just writing. However, I don't call it depression. I call it, well, that I'm feeling poopy. (Sorry.) I've also given it all to the Lord and I've learned to praise Him to counteract it. The feeling doesn't last very long. And He always sends someone to cross my path and lift me up.
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  14. I think our biggest opposition is that it is so natural and instinctual for us to look inward; it is the natural state of our sub-conscience to worry about ourselves and relate everything to how it affects us. The very idea of faith of looking outside of ourselves for help or ever guidance, to depend on God to find the answers we are seeking or need him to have hope and peace, it is like loving God, it is a complete opposite and abnormal way of living that conflicts with our carnal nature, yet it is in those times of closeness and union with God we are restored for a time to our original state
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  15. Wow! Some really great insights in the posts above! I have struggled with depression for many years in the past. Almost lost my wife and kids in the midst of it. I can see that there very well may be a correlation between creativity and depression. In my thinking, the two are polar opposites. In my experience, the more I look inward the more prone I am to feel anxious or depressed. The more I look to Jesus the more I feel hopeful and inspired. Hope and inspiration are excellent ingredients for creativity!
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  16. I don't know really! I do like it when the author starts the reader out with one word and then goes into how that word is important to the story. Words such as "darkness" or "silence" or "calm" work well.
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  19. First in fair disclosure, I am not a psychologist, and have no training in that field. Yet in my observations of creative people, and from what I've read about famous ones, I see patterns. Because our brains are apparently wired to spot patterns (even when they're not there!) I would offer my impressions with caution. I do notice among some very creative associates, minds that seem to be chaotic, but in a controlled way. The opposite of creativity is to fall into a rut and do exactly what everyone else would do. That chaotic element can bring in additional random elements, some of
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  20. From our own C.S. (Susanne) Lakin, who has gone on to create a very nice career writing HOWTO books. (I attended her Plotting Boot Camp a year ago - it was spectacular.) https://theselfpublisher.com/how-to-price-your-self-published-book/?inf_contact_key=07a62c52f7c61fe062ba90a33f4a35c4
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  21. Recently one writer after another has told me that they suffer from depression, which led me to question whether depression and creativity are linked. What do you say?
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  22. In this present world filled with darkness and sin I turn to the Scriptures and promises therein And find all of God’s love and mercy displayed to see And all I can say is, “Extraordinary!” This era is filled with hate and violence and crime But all of this is happening within God’s time Events unfolding like prophecies across the land and sea And all I can say is, “Extraordinary!” He loves each rotten sinner upon this turning sphere And so He will tarry until the time that all will hear His grace covers all my transgressions, cov
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  23. David Farland sent this around today:
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  24. This conversation is very interesting to me because my brother is a Christian and he's into hip hop. When he's writing songs, he'll insert the F- bomb. Words to him are sounds and He feels God made words for use. Those are his words, not mine. I wasn't sure what to make of his view on curses. However, as I write my book, I see what some of you mean in conveying authenticity within the book. I personally wouldn't put curse words in my book as mine is geared towards young adults but for an adult based book I don't know... Relating to my audience is important to me. I'm not saying I'm one
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  25. It is in the conscience of believers that the guiltless-position of their souls manifest how well they know completeness in the expiation of the Cross. There is an ingredient of legalism if there is insufficient understanding that their spiritual condition involves the perpetual forgiveness of sins. This distraction will be present if there is any component containing self-dependence, and will be displayed in a lack of growth in the Word and in the walk, where instead there could be complete God-dependence. Though the walk might be weak, yet “the gifts and the calling of God” concerning their
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  26. Yes, that’s the words Christian Arabs have used for God, every since, I don’t know...the 2nd chapter of Acts, I guess. Certainly ever since Arabic Bibles have been printed.
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  27. Yes, Al El or Al La was originally the title of the pagan Arabs’ main god, who was associated with the moon, I believe. When Scriptures were translated into Arabic (pre-Islam) the people used this name, which is actually more of a title, for the word “God.” It has been used that way ever since in both Christian and Muslim Arabic writing.
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  28. I was panic typing because I really don't want to come off as an Islamophobe so I made a typo. Honestly I was in the middle of editing that out of fear of not explaining the Hindu and Shinto point. Like Shinto comes from Japan that's mostly atheist and the religion was more about finding spirituality in all things. In Hinduism, there just isn't the same resentment towards 'shoving faith down people's throats' because it's nature is to say that other faiths are fine and being a lot about having a happy community.
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  30. You're good at this! Pretty perceptive!
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  31. That's okay, @Ky_GirlatHeart--you've given me much food for thought.
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  32. I'll check out the website, @Sara Nicole!
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  33. I have no idea if they are or not, but I would think depression doesn't come from God and creativity in a good way doesn't come from the devil. I used to deal with depression starting at the age of 11, but God freed me when I was saved. But who knows? That's a great question. Unfortunately, I'm not much help in that. Sorry!
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  34. G'day! It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood... will you be my neighbor? It's good to have you here I'm sure you'll be a wonderful addition to this awesome group of people.
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  35. Welcome to our writing family, Vicky. 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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  36. "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned o
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  37. I like these covers a lot, Sara! Best wishes on your writing projects!
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  38. I used to suffer from deep depression, but God delivered me from it. I wrote a blogpost about it recently - "Escaping from the Houdini Handcuffs of Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts" As far as depression and creativity being linked, Canadian singer/songwriter Robb Nash has noticed a similar pattern. He talks about it and how to combat it in this (amazing) video - Dream: World Changers: Robb Nash
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  40. I suffer from bad depression. There are days where just staying in bed seems like a grand idea. I always get out, and I always do my job. It's been like that for the last 20 years. The more the world grinds down on you, the worse the depression gets. What gets me out of bed is that I am stubborn and driven, and stubborn. And the fact that God protects me, and watches over me is really a counterbalance. God made me the way I am, probably for this very reason. I'm far better off than most. So I can't complain.
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  42. I know this is not exactly the same thing, but it is in the same general direction. I have noticed in the last year a correlation of admissions through interviews with many actors who claim they suffer from mild to bad anxiety and bouts with depression and have all their lives. I had always thought these were the last people who would be like that since they are so open and out in public, their performances are so well done. Yet now I think that their anxiety is the weakness or flaw that balances out their strengths and talent of acting. Although I'm pretty sure the same list of actors has no
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  43. It does seem that the two go hand in hand. However, whilst I agree with much of Wes says, it needs to be stated that often some of our greatest artists, writers, actors and comics, have also suffered in their lives and these experiences contribute to the depression they experience. Addiction is another condition that can bring depression on. So don' think it is clear cut but, yes there is an argument for a pattern existing.
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  44. Thank you sooo much everyone! It will still be up for a couple of weeks, but I have so enjoyed reading all the responses so far! I don't have plates of cookies like Carolina does, but here's a few other goodies to say thank you:
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  45. @Anon Reel posted this for another thread. I think it applies here. Recently, while discussing the social unease that prevails, Maureen Dobbins {Christian Writers member} said it best, "we need more than ever to help one another." This simple statement is not so simple when one explores all the implications involved. Ultimately, let us remember who we are as Christian people over and above our differences of opinions. For me, when somebody challenges my views, it serves to make me rethink the subject in accord with Scripture. Being prone to err, this is helpful. Whethe
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  46. Hey, sorry, I saw this last night, but my wifi was being spotty, so I waited for it to settle down before I replied. Bubbly and joyful? Uh no, I definitely don't see myself that way. Brooding is more like it. But to be fair, I try not to appear like an emotional wreck in front of other people, so actually, I probably do come across as bubbly. I mean, I love meeting new people and talking to them, so I guess in a way, I can be joyful. Yep! I love relaxing, having down time, and goofing off with my friends. I don't really get to hang out with friends very often, a
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  47. @William D'Andrea Personally, it's just my opinion, but I think the first phrase is better suited as God was all-inclusive when the angels said that the good news was for all people. God's peace is for all mankind and God's will or good tidings/blessings are for all people, it comes down to our response to what God is offering and whether we will accept it and surrender to his will rather than just those whom God is pleased with. If someone won't accept God's offering, then they can't receive or reap the benefits..
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