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  1. I can handle bossy very well. 🙂 But seriously, you should think about it. I really think it's a great idea! Speaking as someone who had a very dark upbringing, life more often than not can be very dark. Especially if you don't have Jesus at the center of it. He is the true Light that brightens our lives. No offense intended, but I've learned to never say "never." Especially when Jesus is involved because through Him ALL things are possible. Probable, probably not, but possible, yes. We are talking fiction after all, and while it can be based in realty, it isn't real. That being said, I don't know that I'd write a serial killer character that was "released" to help solve cases (plural) but the idea that @Thomas Davidsmeier presented of having him escorted on a sort of field trip to a crime scene to help is intriguing to me. I'm one of the many who actually likes NCIS and others like it. I don't sit there watching it and think, "Oh, come on, that would never happen!" I don't do that with any fiction genre. Romance, for instance, I don't really believe it ever happens the way they portray it in books and films - some of which are kind of cheesy - but I like to pretend in that moment that it could. Then when the book is done or the movie is over, I come back to reality. The overall message in my book is "salvation and redemption is there for anyone who chooses to accept it and believe," while the reality is "not everyone is going to choose it."
  2. I agree @Thomas Davidsmeier, I think it is a character many people would be interested in. I know I am and I was told to "write something you would want to read, chances are someone else will want to read it too." I was going to say, "I think I'm going to steal that opening line" because, it's a good one. However, after reading the rest of your concept, I think I might have to try and convince you to co-write the sequel with me. I really want to steal the whole concept, but I won't. 🙂 It definitely has the potential of a book I would not only love to read but would enjoy writing as well.
  3. Thanks @Thomas Davidsmeier! That gives me a lot to think about with my WIP. I'm starting to think I have a series brewing along the lines of Dee Henderson's and Dani Pettrey's books. Almost all of Dee's books tie together in some way with character's from the various books showing up in others. And Dani does something similar between her Alaskan Courage and Chesapeake Bay series. The protagonist in one book may be a supporting action in another telling a sibling's or friend's story. It's not 100% the same in that the "villains" in their books don't get saved in the end. So ultimately I may scratch that idea, not sure. But, if I do set it up to where the villain eventually gets saved it will occur in a sequel and not the current WIP.
  4. Hi @carolinamtne, I was going to send the following to you in a private message because I felt like maybe I had gotten this discussion thread off topic or something. But it said you couldn't receive messages. I realize I may have read too much into your comments and you may not have actually been offended. Sometimes it's hard for me to tell. My friend tells me I worry too much about these kinds of things and she's probably right. That said, when the nagging feeling won't go away, I have to say something and try to make amends regardless. I pray that you or anyone else on here I may have offended would forgive me and I pray that, if I'm being silly and no offense was taken, y'all would forgive me for wasting a post. 🙂 ****** Original private message... I'm not sure why but I got the feeling I may have offended you for some reason, which was not my intention. I was agreeing with you about jailhouse conversions. I know that often they are not real and yet sometimes can be. I know it's my "job to write him the way" I want him to be. I apologize to you and to everyone if I overstepped any boundaries by asking for thoughts on the possibility of making his story span across more than one book should I decide on having him saved from behind bars. I'm still learning the ins and outs of this site and what is appropriate or not. I don't want to do anything that will "get me voted off the island."
  5. I see your point but I'm not sure if I agree completely or not. Without going into too much of the story let me get an opinion of my general overview on the story. Afterwards, if you (or anyone else) believes that having the "villain" get saved in the end will him become the "'de facto' protagonist of the story," then maybe that helps narrow down what I do with the villain in the end. So my story is about a young woman who as a child narrowly escapes being killed with her family presumably by her stepfather (back story stuff). As an adult she gets the sense someone is following/watching her but doesn't know who or why. She basically goes into hiding, changing her name (again) and tries starting over. She wants a new life, to find love, to feel safe if possible, but her past won't seem to let her go and ultimately comes crashing in. During the process she learns that what she needs most of all is Jesus. That's the baseline of the story and she is my protagonist. There are two "villains" in theory and possibilities for restoration -- the stepdad whom everyone thinks killed the family and the real killer. So my dilemma with the real killer is whether he lives or dies at the end and whether he eventually receives Christ himself at some point and/or gets reconciled with his the protagonist. @carolinamtne, your response came in as I was already typing my response to @Thomas Davidsmeier post. I'd like your input as well on the intended WIP. It could be a complex enough situation where I need to lay out the story over a series of books. Any thoughts on this? Am I reaching too far with fitting it in one book? I get your point about jailhouse conversions and I agree. So if I try for a conversion with the real killer in jail, maybe it needs to done in a sequel to the original story. I appreciate all of the feedback being given!
  6. What does that price translate to in US dollars?
  7. Thanks @PenName, those are great examples in the movies that I never put together until you pointed them out. Yes I can see how they are mirror images and you meant by "on the nose." I too am selective in what I read, more so than what I watch, and have not come across this dichotomy in literature. I also "get weirded out when a villain has a fan club," but maybe that's because my brother's favorite character is the Joker and my brother is weird. 🤔🤭 Seriously, it just seems odd to me on one hand to make them even a little likeable and yet on the other hand I get the necessity of doing so. I'm struggling with this in my current WIP, which is a story of redemption and restoration. I'm trying to decide if in the end the "villain" ... ultimately gets saved in jail and restored to a relationship with his daughter if he dies (or goes to jail) unsaved and alienated from his daughter and Jesus, etc. I've played around with several different scenarios but just haven't settled on it yet. I believe part of why is the struggle I'm having with making him likeable to begin with. Thanks @Thomas Davidsmeier! This is a great explanation and the following example is great as well. It instantly made me think of a movie that I really liked but could see your point in -- The Quick and The Dead. Maybe not 100% an example but I can at least see it in the bad guy turned priest and the abandoned good son who wants and tries to be like his corrupt father. This made me chuckle. Don't stop! We get some of our best ideas when we're helping others.
  8. Not to be dimwitted or anything, but could I get some literary examples of what "not being too on the nose with it" is or would look like? I am truly trying to learn so that I can improve my writing skills and for some reason don't think I'm grasping your example of the Avengers films clearly enough. Also, is there a point where you can make the villain too likeable? I actually do feel a little silly asking these questions, but I've always lived by the motto that the only truly stupid question is the unasked one.
  9. Thanks @Jeff Potts, those are some helpful tips!
  10. I enjoyed the quotes... my favorite is: A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. —Richard Bach
  11. I like to write.... well, I'm a wordy person, so really, I love to write. But in the past, when I've written short stories, I never consciously thought about POV or theme or any other stylistic structure or concept. I just wrote what was in my head. It hasn't been until recently that I've have the courage to try and write for anyone but myself and so I've been researching and studying and trying to learn everything I can about the writing process. And while I was an excellent English and Grammar student back in high school many moons ago, I confess that today I get tripped up by such things as POV, theme, character building, etc. I have a very short story that I wrote some time back, sort of a dream within a dream, and was wondering if there was a way I could get feedback on it with regard to POV, theme, etc? Because to be honest, I don't really know if I'm writing in 1st, 2nd or 3rd person or some sort of mishmash of two or all three of them. Thoughts?
  12. Thanks @lynnmosher! I needed to be reminded of that... I do tend to beat myself up more often than not, but I'm working on it. 🙂
  13. Reading through this post, I felt a bit overwhelmed and somewhat doomed. I understand the concept of a blog and have actually had a couple short lived ones in the past. I'm okay with starting another one eventually, but to add all the other social media types - even at 10 min intervals, on top of reading/critiquing/reviewing others work, trying to work to pay the bills, etc, etc, etc... seems like there is little time left to actually write the book(s), let alone sleep. I'm not saying, "I can't do it!" I just haven't figured out how to fit ALL the things I need to do or want to do (not always the same thing) in the hours of day we have. I'm not just talking about the writing side of things, I'm talking about the everyday things of life - the day-to-day. It all takes time and I simply struggle with time-management. I try and try... I think I'm figuring it out... and then some unexpected life event happens to turn it all upside down and I get flustered or frustrated. Before I know it, I've stuck my head in the sand and try to ignore life as a whole. I was just talking to Jesus about this very thing this morning. It is a pattern I've had in my Christian walk as well. I get overwhelmed (or whatever other emotion - fear, anger, whatever) and my go to instinct is to hide or give up. I really don't want to give up this time... so how do you overcome the overwhelm and break the day-to-day life into time manageable pieces? I apologize @Shamrock if this got "off topic" a bit.
  14. Thank you @suspensewriter! I really appreciated the thought provoking question and responses. I'm still trying to learn how to use this site to the fullest, as well as learning to piece together the story I've been working on using various resources. These topics of discussion help me realize I'm not alone in the process. There is comfort in that knowledge.
  15. I most certainly will... I purchased it right after posting my previous comment. As soon as I finish the current books I'm reading, I read yours and post a review on Amazon. 🙂
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