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  1. Too late. My daughter and I have been watching the Netflix series "Sweet Tooth". It is full of so many post-apocalyptic adventure tropes, that I knew we had entered the "trope-osphere".
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  2. The thing is: there are no unanswered prayers. It's either yes, no, or wait. No prayer is wadded up and thrown in the trash. God knows the best answer for each prayer request and brings the best result into our life.
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  3. Peace eludes me Struggle brings me to my feet I stand alone in the darkness Unable to grasp solace Wilted from defeat I call out to You Lord for comfort and peace Only to hear silence, so I retreat Back into my own mind for some time Unable to find the answers to what my heart seeks I know You're out there just within reach I pray one day I'll truly find You Then my heart can rest Knowing that all that's happened has been for my best
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  4. Somebody stop Paul-his puns are atropeious.
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  5. ...for an eccentric, Mexican scuba diver in his thirties who is a prime suspect/ally in a mystery and has a pet octopus named Squishy?
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  6. You are so right about this! The devil, a created being, could never have the same amount of power as our sovereign Creator!
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  7. Hello everyone, I'm looking for some people to review the first chapter of my YA historical fiction novel before I begin looking for an agent. The first chapter, in my opinion, is the most important because it hooks the reader. It is also the chapter I'm most self-conscious about. This chapter is 3,000 words long and is set in the dark ages/inquisition era, so it does have some violence and darker themes, similar to what can be found in a King James Bible. It does have Christian elements, but it doesn't start out that way. This is one of the reasons I'm looking for a b
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  8. Oh, I agree. It sometimes does seem like it. But when we have faith in God that He knows best and has the best in mind for us,, we need to realize that what we think is unanswered, is really waiting for something better to come along. That is, when the answer is not no. So actually, I understand the song's attempt but I don't agree with it. Because look what he received. Maybe this image will help make my point...
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  9. This is why I always tell members to check with us here before submitting to or going with any publisher. So glad you didn't. Always check with Writer Beware. And when you search on Google, be sure you put in "complaints against" so-and-so.
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  10. Yeah, but from a human perspective it seems like it. For the sake of the song i don' think it's wrong. Do you?
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  11. I love this song! Look up Ryan Kelly singing it. That's who I know it by.
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  12. Praise the Lord for His grace and mercy to you. And amen to living in victory!
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  13. Don't give up, Shamrock, we are looking for good books and great stories and marketable authors. You qualify on all three fronts. It's the sheer volume of authors, that we struggle with, and most authors just give up and self-publish, for good or ill. You literally would not believe the number of submissions we get every month, you truly would not from people who are convinced they are great authors. Johne will confirm this--the number of submissions is literally staggering. It's a fact of life that most books that are submitted to us are not great stories and have marketable a
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  14. Yes and no. I think a beta read is good. I think you should get a few beta readers to get their reaction. But I don't think that will get you any traction with agents and/or publishers. I suspect you probably have a good story, and if I recall correctly, you got a couple of requests for manuscripts, right? That means that your sample was good enough to spark interest. What I've come to accept is that agents and publishers, for the most part, are not looking for good books, or great stories. They are looking for marketable authors. Meaning, an author tha
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  15. \\ By the time I got to Boise, Rob became Mr. Rob. I asked him why he listened to classical music, why he was bald, why he didn’t go on a diet, and why he was so cranky. He was impatient and gave me one-word answers to all my questions about the work he did for Mom. “What’s it like to have a woman as your boss?” I said, thinking he would at least get annoyed by that one since he hardly answered my first fifty. He grunted. I had to give him credit for one thing, the ride was pretty smooth all the way to the front desk of the Harbor Inn where he handed me over
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  16. Eden’s only ten years old. I tried to make her dialogue as realistic as possible. I only read your synopsis, and yeah, there are some similarities between our stories… however, I think you try too hard to create drama instead of creating natural progression of dissociation over time. In other words, one day, the ex-wife becomes a term for a female dog and the transformation happens too quickly.
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  17. \\ It turned out Leila had the entire day planned. We went to a botanical garden, an art museum, and in afternoon, she drove us to the Boise Zoo. “What’s your shirt size?” Mom asked me. It’d been an long day and the crowds were finding their way out. “Child’s medium.” “I’ll get you a souvenir from the gift shop.” That left me alone with Leila on a bench. She pointed to a soft cream vendor. “Would you like some?” “No thanks.” “You don’t like me, do you?” I crossed my arms. “No comment.”
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  18. No, that not what I mean by personal. I mean I’m not sure you’d be comfortable with the themes as they aren’t exactly Christian themes. No, I wouldn’t say it has a happy ending at all. Real life doesn’t play nice.
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  19. Congratulations!!!!!
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  20. I have too many reasons why I put books down Annoying/bad writing. Boring plot. Leftist propaganda themes. Cussing. Too much romance. Etc.
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  21. I read parts of it when you first posted it on here. It's a good story, and you write well! I know you don't love self-publishing, but if you give trad. publishing a little more time and it doesn't work out, self-publishing is always a good option.
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  22. \\ Appah stayed at the hospital overnight. His pacemaker jolted his heart and sent the emergency alert when his heart slowed to 40 BPM. Gracie drove us to the hospital the next morning. “There goes my perfect attendance. Five years down the drain,” I said, trying to get Mom to react. Mom sat in the passenger seat looking out the window the whole time. “Appah, you almost died!” Said Eseul when we got to Appah’s bed in the ICU. There were wires coming from his chest attached to a big screen showing Appah’s heartbeat. Other than the hospital gown he was wearing
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  23. You've got a good book, Shamrock. It's just that publishers are flooded with submissions now. Be patient.
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  24. Whoo-hoo!! Congratulations, I'm really happy for you @Emily Waldorf!
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  25. Ignore them. You should only watch YouTube writing videos... (Sarcasm Alert!)
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  26. Trope is a big, wide term that covers all kinds of things. Metaphor is a trope, and it can be used well, or poorly. Rather than simply using tropes, it may be best to learn the vast array of kinds of tropes, and then learn to use them well, one at a time. As an analogy, there are many things that fall under the classification of food. Some are good and some not so much. Some are good in moderation. But the term is so broad, that lots of broad declarations aren't as meaningful as we'd like. The word trope has similar problems. May all your tropes be tasty to your readers
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  27. In my studies, tropes are vital. There are entire websites devoted to listing and understanding them. We use Masterworks of a genre as a launching point to quickly guide us when writing our own works. When people talk about avoiding tropes, what they usually mean is to avoid cliche', tropes which are hackneyed, overdone. Instead, by looking at the wealth of stories which have been told before, you can try to do take a fresh approach, do something a little clever, a little different. tl:dr: Tropes, good; cliche's bad.
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  28. Trope...Rope, dope, hope, pope. It is not dope that the pope had hope to find a rope. Artistry has been achieved.
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  29. Here's the definition: A literary trope is the use of figurative language, via word, phrase or an image, for artistic effect such as using a figure of speech. The word trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works.
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