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  1. Hope you enjoy! It's a great place! Let us know if you have questions!
  2. Lana, Alley - Alley, Lana! 😆 Btw, you're both contributors to the Writers' Room!
  3. PS - As a fellow writer of Biblical fiction, I agree with @Alley - Biblical accuracy is the most important thing to me.
  4. Heyyyyy @Lana Christian! It's Elizabeth Jacobson. Small world! 😁 Lana is a Twitter friend of mine!
  5. It's hard to say without reading the story, but I'll throw out some commonly-held thought here. I don't think this is necessarily true for every book, but, again, it's a commonly-held idea. The idea is: don't worry about the location so much as the story. As long as the break into Act Two happens about a quarter of the way though the book, your structure is probably fine regardless of where the story is taking place. The break into Act Two happens when your character makes a decision from which there's no turning back. It's this decision that drives them for the rest of the story.
  6. Not primary sources, but there's a trend of displaying orphanages/the lives of orphans of the Victorian, Edwardian, and Depression eras as pretty bleak. Check out Jane Eyre, A Little Princess, Annie, Oliver Twist (like @William D'Andrea mentioned) and even the American Girl books for kids - Nellie's arc in the Samantha series is pretty awful. Since this trend is so widespread across many genres of fiction, I expect it's because there's truth to it.
  7. Thanks for the advice, @lynnmosher! I'll look into it.
  8. Hey everyone!! I wanted to announce the new section on my blog, the Writers' Room! 🥳 It's a collaborative writing advice column by Christian writers. You can find it on my blog here, and read the first post, by our own @Alley! If anyone is interested in contributing, please send me a message and I can tell you a little more about the column guidelines. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy!
  9. Yay!!! I'm so happy to have @Alley for my first guest post and I am so excited to see where the Writers' Room goes!! Going to announce now!! 😁
  10. Oh yay! I thought about recommending that series, but it was a TV show and requires a little more investment. I think it and Rogue One remind me most of the original movies. I hope you enjoy!
  11. You're welcome! I do this regularly, especially in dialogue or when I'm in really close 3rd person, where the narration is almost the character's thoughts. You just can't do it all the time. Everything in moderation!
  12. I prefer example 2 in both your situations above. I understand where you're coming from with the one-line paragraphs; I've had that struggle too. However, the vibe I am getting these days is that more modern writing contains a lot more of that sort of thing, whereas the classics did not. So, it's much more common and even expected these days to divide up paragraphs the way you did in both your example 2s.
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