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  1. I see, so women can only write about women and vice versa now. There goes the romance genre!
  2. Those are great topics! Not sure I can carve out time, but I'll check them out. Thanks!
  3. Sounds like I would enjoy your writing, Blue Minnow. I had actually meant 'scary' as well as the gross underbelly of our broken current world. I had the opposite feeling when I first read Anne of Green Gables and she got way older than me by then end even though we started out at the same age. But if I had a way to guarantee a genre of books wouldn't be too gritty/dangerous/immoral, I would enjoy reading a book with no child characters. But I love to write for kids myself, it keeps me young!
  4. At the same time one of the universal principles for designing any product is to have an ideal person in mind. So, while anything well written will connect far beyond that person, we feel the intimacy of the author-single audience member. I write for children, but am aware of the parents and pastors who read as well. Mostly what I do is talk to the 11 year old nerdy boy I picture and make sure anything I say will resonate well with the adults he interacts with. And I love reading 'children's' stories for their more limited depiction of evil while allowing for platonic relationships of all kinds. Most of the things that make a story 'adult' I don't want to let in my downtime. What do I care if the protagonist is younger than my kids?
  5. This should be great! I let my boss and his whole team know about it because we need copyright free science images every day.
  6. I've been moving in podcasting circles since 2014 and although I can't promise a lot of sales, I believe the way you're thinking is a wise move. Lots of podcasts rely as much as possible on guests to interview, so if you present yourself well they will see you as a blessing. Unfortunately, one of the hardest things is to find a show in the first place. I would just start with a search and see what comes up. There are even services who offer to help connect you, just be careful they aren't charging.
  7. I've heard we're going to see a backlog of public domain come 2024 until Disney figures out how to protect Mickey Mouse, but for now, we're moving along nicely!
  8. Love a list like this to help us think out of the ordinary! I remember reading the Mitford novels and running into "chartreuse." I had no idea what color that was, but didn't care since it was describing clothes or something. Then she used "chartreuse" again. I think by the time I finished the 5th book she'd used it at least 4 times and I'd looked it up so I'd know what she meant. So, fancy color names can be good or bad--too fancy and your reader won't be tracking with you, and they'll notice your favorite. Of course, if I ever wanted to send Jan Karon a gift, I'd knit her a chartreuse washcloth and am pretty sure she'd love the color!
  9. OK, Moses, we hear you. 😉 And starting a stream is what unknown people do because they don't plan to stay that way, it's a horrible excuse.
  10. Now if I could just get my 6 year old to understand it, "story" time would be more interesting to listen to. You've got the basic point, and if you want more, this kids' book is probably at your library and spells the ingredients for a good story straight out while being a delightful read: https://www.amazon.com/Aunt-Isabel-Tells-Picture-Puffins/dp/0140505342/
  11. Offer them what they want to share with their audience. Podcasters do this all the time looking to interview people who have a fresh take on the kinds of things their people want and need. If you study what an established platform creator focuses on and find a way to add your unique take, they are far more likely to be thrilled and grateful than annoyed. Of course, Tim works mostly with nonfiction making this kind of cross pollination much easier, but I could see it working with some creativity even in the realm of story.
  12. Just read the article. Yup. It's hard. And sticking with something--anything--that takes work is hard. One of the reasons I haven't done much with fiction is that the fun is in the fluid imagination. I bet if you asked even the greatest writers if their finished story was as good as the one they first envisioned they would all agree that the published version wasn't anything like as great as the thoughts in their head of what it 'could' be. Plus, once you do pin it down and cement it, the experience changes, dramatically. At this point in my life, I've learned to love editing and Story Grid thinking and actually prefer it most of the time now, but that didn't come easy at first. But even I would rather be a stay-at-home editor than the in-your-face marketer who has to hawk my wares. Finishing requires a dramatically different skill set that is anathema to my creative side. To be someone with a great idea/story and who can sell it well and gracefully is a rare thing indeed. Of course, today I can be a published author just by learning a touch of Word formatting and throwing something up on Amazon. I just don't make any money without the marketing. BTW, you can check out my eBook if you like... 😉 https://www.amazon.com/Mysteries-Time-Creation-Short-Intro-ebook/dp/B011T13IL6/
  13. Oh, yes! StoryGrid is awesome and even though the kinds of writing I work with is far simpler than a novel, the arcs and necessary pieces he draws out are invaluable. Have fun. 🙂
  14. So, so true! Because my day job is the analytical side I have an extra hard time getting her to keep quiet when it's time to create a mess, but it's hopeless if I don't! Your approach to a major writing session sounds like the way I would do it--if I ever get the nerve (and time) to try my hand at fiction again.
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