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  1. Thanks PenName and carolinamtne. I agree that they probably wouldn't respond to an email. But asking on Twitter or Instagram is a good idea. Of course, I'd have to get an actual Twitter or Instagram account...
  2. Thanks so much Lynn for responding with info. I had looked at Jane's site. She's a double-space the whole thing proponent. Some publishers specify on their submission guidelines, but not all do. Alas.
  3. I just number revisions periodically so I know which one is the latest. First book took 17 years to get right. The one I'm working on now is with a team but we're close to completion and it's only been 3 years, which is sort of a speed record.
  4. I like the car horn, too. Or maybe they have created a song that one sings accompanied by a kazoo.
  5. Music might inspire me or get my creative juices flowing. But for the actual writing, I need quiet so I can hear the muse sitting on my shoulder whispering. Great question.
  6. Hi writing friends I haven't written a nonfiction book proposal in maybe 15 years. The advice I get online now is contradictory. I know that the sample chapters included in the book proposal are supposed to be double spaced, as in all manuscripts. However, some "experts" say to single space the rest of the proposal, some say to double-space the whole thing; some say to double space everything except the synopsis--which of course isn't part of a nonfiction proposal (maybe they meant "Overview"). Anyone have a definitive answer? Thanks in advance.
  7. Finally, brothers and sisters, 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 or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:8-9). ++ Heavenly Father, with some writing projects, we know exactly what we want to say and how to say it. We clearly see how to organize our words to lead our readers from here to there. Other days we feel stuck
  8. I like the idea of Hannah. Especially if the story is set in the modern era, it could be especially appropriate because she dealt with many of the modern blended family issues. There's also the issue of being bullied. My favorite lesson from Hannah is that she cried about being bullied for years, wanting a child of her own. But it was only AFTER she finally, finally, finally prayed and left the matter with God that He answered her prayer and she became a mother to Samuel. That hits a note with me because so many of us stress and stew over something and finally, when we
  9. I agree with Lynn. But here's another thought. Christianity believes in Jesus as eternal, having spoken the universe into existence as "the Word" at creation. According to biblical scholars, that supports the theology of pre-incarnate Jesus. In other words, whenever people encountered God as a man, it was Jesus. People in Old Testament times didn't know Him with the name Jesus, because He hadn't been born as a human and been given that name. But they recognized Him as God--usually referring to Him as "Lord." Since Jesus said that no one has seen the Father except Him a
  10. Praying about inspiration John 16:13 But when the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this world and everything in it. Thank you that inspiration surrounds us. Holy Spirit, please open our eyes to see that inspiration. And please remind us that inspiration is only the beginning of the process of developing a work of writing. Remind us, Spirit, that what takes us from inspiration to finished wo
  11. Years ago, I started a thread in this section to pray daily for our writing. I think I'll do weekly for now. If you have a prayer to add, write it in this thread. This is the first one for this and next week: Praying about Learning the Craft Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Heavenly Father, some days we think we know what we are doing. Some days we even think we know it all, when it comes to writing. Each time we sit down to write, please humble us and open our eyes to see something we
  12. Great discussion. Thanks everyone for the thoughts. Thanks for starting the discussion Nicola.
  13. Great set up! I've been researching soul vs. spirit. Here's what I find is most often accepted based on original Hebrew and Greek definitions of the two words for mainstream Christianity. (Naturally there is disagreement despite the definitions.) The King James Dictionary’s first definition of soul is: the spiritual, rational, and immortal substance in man. The Complete Word Study Dictionary of the Old Testament (referred to as NT after this) adds that soul relates to the ability to put facts together, intellect, feelings, “that which strictly belongs to the person hims
  14. John has great thoughts. Jeff, you should be doing the happy dance. You have received some wonderful rejections. That means they see something in your writing. Take it all as encouragement.
  15. Yes, most self-publishing sources will provide an ISBN. The publisher that is listed is then that publisher--Create Space, for Amazon for example. You can purchase your own ISBN through Bowker. They of course cost something, but then you can have your name or your own publishing entity listed instead. If you intend to write many, many books, you can buy them in bulk. I did that--wow--what a liberating feeling to know I will probably never run out of ISBNs. I can write any book I want and never worry about that part of publishing. Of course you may not be
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