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    Hey all! Guess what? I signed a contract and my first book will hopefully be out this fall :)) I can't believe I actually typed those words, lol Please check out my website www.hallielee.com and here's the link to my first newsletter -> https://www.hallielee.com/extra Please share Just want to say, finding this group has been a blessing. I've learned so much - you guys are a generous and wise bunch - thanks for being patient with me. Hallie
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    After extended research, I've created a list of websites that promote new books for free (though some do have paid promotion options as well.) Because the promotions are free, it's not guaranteed your book will be chosen to be featured, but it can't hurt to try! Armadillo eBooks GoodeBooks.net (This is a specifically Christian site) The Awesome Gang Bargain Booksy Book Bongo Book Brag The Book Circle Book Ninjas Discount Book Man Indies Unlimited (.99 cent/free promos only) BookoftheDay.org It'sWriteNow Book Goodies Reading Deals (book must have at least 5 reviews) DailyCheapReads (book must have at least 5 reviews) eBooksHabit ( book must have at least 5 reviews) eReaderIQ Digital Book Today (book must have at least 25 reviews) ReadFreely Bookzio eReaderObsession ThisIsWriting BookAngel
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    Oh no, the commas are back! Raise shields, lock phasers!
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    Ah, every writer's bane... Goal setting and accountability is probably what gets me to ignore the inner critic long enough to complete a draft. So I know that I can comfortably write one scene each day, and that I take Sundays off. That means 6 scenes a week. I then look at where I should be able to finish, reach out to a few friends and ask them to keep checking on me to make sure that I am on target. The key here is setting a goal that is reasonable, but that still requires effort. And to have people who will keep you accountable and who will check on you. One other major component, I find, is that I need to give myself permission to write a bad draft. I need to tell myself that it's okay to write words that float like a lead balloon and that taste like rotting vegetables. Once I've given myself permission to write something really terrible, I've taken all the pressure off and I can write something that is decent.
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    Clothing tag funnies today! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„
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    Yes, it's what you've been waiting for- an interview with our own beloved Lynn Mosher at www.thejesusroad.com
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    Lots of good advice on here. A character should never be a person who always makes the right decision. They should never always be praised. They should always have something that they need to learn, and always have ways in which they need to grow and change. Tying in to what @Claire Tucker and @Accord64 mentioned, what the character needs to learn is often the theme of a story. Theme is separate from the plot (which is the play-by-play of the story), though the plot drives growth toward the character learning the theme, and vice-versa.
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    I don't normally do cats, but I'm going off track today. ๐Ÿ˜œ
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    LOL I looooooove all these! Thank you all sooooooooo much! Since I do usually put up the birthdays, I thought I'd have to do mine today! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก And Accord, you don't know how appropriate that kitty is today. We're cat-sitting our son's cat. And he loves to do that. Was exercising his claws on hubby's lap yesterday, which was very uncomfortable and he was wearing short. Hubby. Not the cat!
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    More funnies! @PenName, the last one is for you! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‹
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    I couldn't decide on only one, so I have a bunch today! ๐Ÿ˜„
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    Get some sleep! Go do something fun. Then come back at it.
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    From my experience, it's not a phase. It's actually good that you want to make your writing better than it is. I'm part of a paid online writing group and they're constantly making lessons about how you should harness those emotions and use them to make your writing better rather than tearing yourself down. My advice would be to be proud of that feeling. be proud that you're constantly straining yourself to make your writing better. Give yourself a stern look in the mirror and say, "You're a writer. You're a good writer. Now make your writing better." Most importantly, remind yourself that God gave you this passion for a reason. He made you writing the way it is. He gave you that feeling. Now push through. I've read some of your work on the critique forum, Shamrock. It's very strong and clear, something to be proud of. Just push through. Continue using your passion to the wonderful Glory of God. Hope I helped. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
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    No, you're writing isn't flat, Shamrock. Believe me- if it was, I'd tell you. You're just going through a down phase is all, where you're being unduly self-critical. It's common enough among writers. Since my stroke, I am unduly happy just to be writing, but soon enough, I'll go through my down phase, and then up and again, and so on. It's the way off writing!
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    I think if someone is worried about what color Jesus is, they've completely missed the point of His message. I also believe calling for attacks on depictions of Jesus (no matter what color) shows you exactly who is at the heart of this attack.
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    @EBraten explained what I knew, but wasn't able to figure out how to say! I feel like sometimes people interpret "character-driven" as having no action, fights, save the world plot, etc. Because when people think of action, they think of something like, oh, I don't know, the Transformers movies, which is just all glitz and style and explosions in an attempt to save the world for the umpteenth time. But as long as the action ties in to the character's struggles, there can be lots of action and it still be a very character-driven piece. Think Captain America: The Winter Soldier. All the action is very much tied to and comes as a result of who Steve is as a person and how he reacts to things, especially once he learns the identity of the titular villain. I always fall back on movies as examples, sorry guys! ๐Ÿ˜œ
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    Let your plot throw challenges at your characters that are rooted in their growth arc, their deep-seated fears. For example, in a romance, if the male MC is afraid of being cheated on and dumped, let the plot include a female MC who has another potential love-interest hanging around her. If the male MC is worried that he's from the wrong side of the tracks and not good enough for the woman, let his love rival be from a higher social standing or "better" in some way than he is. That fuels the male MC's insecurities and heightens the tension. Plot ties into character. Or as another example, in a thriller, the FBI agent is haunted by his failure to save an innocent child from a killer. The plot can include a killer who's put another innocent child in danger, playing on the FBI guy's need to redeem his early failures.
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    I'm a romance writer, so yes. ๐Ÿ˜„ That said, it is not a lack of plot, just that you focus on how you get your characters to fix, deal, understand, etc. The plot/problems of your story. When someone says plot-driven, I find they mean they are focused on how the plot works, and not how the characters work through the plot. (I hope that made sense)
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    Smiles for Today ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    I am unpublished but seeking agent representation to enter the world of traditional publishing. What I am about to tell you is very important. No legitimate agent or traditional publisher will ask a dime of you. If they ask for money, run away fast. So, you should very much be able to afford traditional publishing, if that is the way you want to go.
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    Recent blog post, from my site. https://alleyhart.com/2020/07/writing-parables-not-a-competition/ I would love to hear you guys' stories about this below!!
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    Ok, yes... I'm a dog person. ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ˜
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    Author David Farland has some tips for how to grab your reading right from the outset. https://mailchi.mp/xmission/david-farlands-writing-tips-opening-well
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    I have eight friends on this list and would recommend any of them. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/good-book-editor/
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    My first guest post was just published in @PenName's new Writer's Room. *girly squeal!*
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    Yay, Alley! Great work! Congratulations!!
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    I think they are talking about me! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‹
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    I am looking to better my writing and help others in the process. Thanks.
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    What Alley said! I draw inspiration from the writers here. When it comes to worldbuilding, I draw inspiration from Tolkien. If he could create such a detailed fantasy world, then so can I.
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    Yes, that's actually what I'm working on. A storytelling platform. ๐Ÿ™‚ Care to give me some ideas on what features you'd find most useful?
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    I am a practicing evangelical, but From my very Irish-American Catholic upbringing, I find the desire to destroy the Jesus-statues to be very disturbing. In this sense: Christians earnestly desire that God speak to the world through all means available. Statues, as reminders, can be a convicting reminder to the soul. People who want to destroy these demonstrate a disdain for the devotion of people who value the helpful art.
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    Yes, what PN said! Do not pay someone to publish your book. They are referred to as vanity publishers and highly frowned upon. And many times are a scam.
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