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Joshua Benefiel

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  1. Welcome, Harold! This is a good group to be a part of and to find encouragement in.
  2. Steven James' Bowers Files series (Checkmate series unofficially) is a great, eleven-book series of psychological thrillers that are worth taking some time digging through. His story-telling style is very immersive and thought-provoking and James does a great job of blending personal experience with excellent research.
  3. Welcome to the group! I hope you find good encouragement- this is a good place for it!
  4. Editing whilst I write is just my style. That in itself is something I had to stop feeling bad about and had to give myself permission to accept and embrace. That being said, I also tend to write long-hand and then edit and shape as I type it out.
  5. Thanks, everyone. It was a gut-punch to go through to be sure, but it turned out well (aside from this one scene that I'm struggling to re-write). Re-writing the whole thing allowed me to make some very positive edits and shift the perspectives in some areas, things that I probably wouldn't have done if I hadn't had to do it. Trying to re-craft this is like having a fragment of a treasured dream from ages ago that you're trying to remember... I know what I what to say, but I can't quite remember all of the important pieces that were in it. I will come up with something. Just hoping it will be as good as what I'd done before.
  6. Aside from classical piano or worship (the worship band CityAlight is my new favorite), Needtobreathe is my go-to. This is my new favorite to just put on repeat; can't wait for this album to come out!
  7. Step back from the edge of cavernous despair? Look away from the depths of ruin? Find a path from the forlorn To walk along the spires of the day's new light. Be swept up into the bosom of Love And forget the weight of the darkened day's past. (Just a bit of a poem that I've been working on lately.)
  8. He wrote a great trilogy retelling the Robin Hood mythology set in Wales just after the Norman conquest of England.
  9. Statues can be remade. As a church, we need to do more in the way of showing people who Jesus is and being a reflection of God's love (truly Godly love) and less worrying about statues and buildings. The more true disciples we make the fewer political radicals there would be.
  10. I think you should write a book about a Swiss gal named Heidi who always gets mistaken for that other girl named Heidi.
  11. So, just a quick vent here: Late 2019 I lost my current project to a rogue Word save/ reformatted jump drive. Thankfully, I had half of it printed out and most of the rest still hand-written (which is usually how I write: long-form, then editing as I type it out). I have tried to use this time to shape, edit and improve as I've re-crafted my project. I feel like I've accomplished my goal in this frustrating process, which included moving away from Word and to Scrivener (which has been great). Yet, I have come to a place in my rewrite where I had this amazing character development scene that I do not have written out to re-write. I have a few sentences that I apparently expounded on and shaped at some point in the past, but didn't follow through and handwrite it out anywhere... I am just beside myself AT myself... I know that I will come up with something for this spot, but I don't know that I can recapture the raw emotion and pain that I had developed the first time through. Let this be a lesson to you, anyone as foolish as I was to not backup my work regularly: don't trust just that one jump drive or save file on your computer. And make good notes for yourself! You never know when you're going to need to start over without notice.
  12. Congratulations! That's really awesome.
  13. When I have a bad day, when I begin to question "Who would even read this?", I always have to come back to what my purpose for writing is: I write because it brings my heart alive and I am telling this specific story because it is one that God gave me to tell. Whether anyone ever reads what I have to say, I'm telling it for my joy and to be obedient, which brings God joy.
  14. Welcome, Brian! This is a good place to get encouragement and guidance.
  15. JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, GK Chesterton, Steven James, Stephen R. Lawhead
  16. I agree with the idea of an alternate timeline, branching off at some point after the Gospels were written. That gives you the freedom to quote the Gospels while telling a different history than the one that we experienced. Otherwise, create a satirical religion that tells the story of the Gospel within its own framework.
  17. To always back up your work. And then to back up your back ups.
  18. Welcome Chris! Fellow pastor here. Excited to see how God uses your journey to shape your writing.
  19. Welcome to the group, Abbye! This is a good group for support and encouragement.
  20. Is there a huge difference between 2 and 3? I'm looking forward for 3 for Windows becoming available.
  21. There's a quote by Frederick Buechner that says "The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." Another quote from St. Irenaeus that says "The glory of God is in [His] man fully alive." My "X marks the spot" is that place of fulfilling a call that God has put on my heart. The fulfillment of that calling is a place that will bring me joy and will meet some need that God has identified that needs to be filled. I write to be obedient and because it brings my heart joy- and me being obedient brings the Father joy.
  22. I'm really focusing on being fruitful with the downtime provided by this quarantine, because my writing style in the past has been very intense periods of inspiration followed by long stretches of stagnation. It's not what I want, but that's been where I've been for a long while. So now I am trying to be more focused and trying to make sure that I sit down every day and get something written, even if it's just random, unorganized scenes that have nothing to do with where I'm actually at in the story. That's one of the biggest reasons that I love Scriviner, because I can write up all the random stuff that I want to plug in somewhere and then go back through and easily find the place that it makes the most sense.
  23. I try to weave the two together. Detailing the plot while also sprinkling in character/ backstory-driven narrative. Otherwise, I find that you get action-heavy sequences with little narrative or character-driven narrative that is super dry because the story hasn't taken you anywhere in ages.
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