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  1. I have to admit this has been a very enlightening topic for me. I'm not 100% sure where I fall on the issue at hand. I can say that to date this is the first time I've heard the genre "Christian Horror." I actually find the concept interesting and will have to research what books currently fall under that category and give them a try. I am an avid reader and watcher of several genres short of historical or spoof genres, including but not limited to Romantic Comedies, Action Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror, Murder Mystery, Fantasy, etc. I have in fact, watched a variety of Chris
  2. This is a great post with lots of fabulous insight. I am still trying to figure out my methodology for writing. I've never been very good at outlining, mainly because I'm too wordy to begin with and trying to shorten my thoughts to an outline (in high school) was hard to do. I also struggle with research only in the sense that I never know when enough is enough. I remember doing a research paper in college on sweatshops. I had binders full of research and my professor was gracious enough to let me expand the required 10-15 page paper to 20-25 pages. She did this after lovingly te
  3. Thank you for sharing the free course... I'll be checking it out soon.
  4. I actually just read the entire post, which had some great questions and feedback. I don't think you misread him based on what was said, @carolinamtne, I saw it the same way. But I think it is helpful to know that it came across as seeming arrogant, especially since that is not the intended outcome. To be honest, I think that would be a great character flaw to work through. Whatever character flaw (or flaws, because let's face it rarely do we have only one) you choose to inflict upon your MC to make him more relatable is also the inner obstacle he's trying to overcome that complet
  5. Hi @E.T. Newman, sorry for the delay. Let's touch base the first week of January. I should be able to devote time for beta reading then. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  6. Hi @E.T. Newman, I would be interested in beta reading your first draft. I do like fantasy and speculative fiction. With the holidays around the corner and currently beta reading another book, my time is a little sparse at the moment. Do you have a time frame in which you would like the beta reading to be completed? Also, with regards to marketing, I'm not sure that the "Christian fantasy niche" would be the appropriate place for fantasy that involves "realm stones and elemental magic." But, I could be wrong about that. I think it's going to depend largely on the overall theme / m
  7. Hi @RussChappell, it sounds interesting and, although I don't typically read non-fiction biography/memoir type books, however, I would be interested in reading yours. I struggle with walking out my freedom in Christ. I know He has set me free but I don't always walk as though I am free. I believe you are correct in that the book could be for anyone despite the original target YA audience.
  8. Hi @RussChappell I too would be interested in reading your book. I am not a young adult, but I used to be one Just curious, are you using fiction or non-fiction to get your message across to young adults?
  9. Thanks @lynnmosher, this was a very useful post and came just in the nick of time. I read it before posting an intended article on my website and did not realize I should seek permission for the quote. Especially since I was planning to link the quote back to her blog article. However, after reading this post and the attached article, I sent an email to the author requesting permission and forwarded a copy of the article I wanted to post. She replied back, after reading my article, giving me permission to use the quotes there as long is it was properly credited and linked back t
  10. Hi @Karl Munford, thank you for explaining what M.E. is. I had not heard of it before. It sounds similar to (in the sense of diagnosing and people assuming your "making it up") to fibromyalgia, which I never really understood until I experienced a small taste of it years ago as a side affect to Zocor. Fortunately, as I have zero tolerance for pain, they were able to catch the problem before it became permanent. They symptoms bled out of my body the same way in which they entered over a period of two weeks after the doctor's took me off the medication. I will pray for the manifestation of you
  11. What is M.E. (C.F.S.)? I've never heard of this before. If it's something personal or medical, and you'd prefer not to answer, that's okay. Just made me curious. I just purchased Save the Cat! Writes a Novel today as recommended by a couple of other authors. Also, Story Genius by Lisa Cron. I might have to check out your other suggestion, @suspensewriter , thanks for sharing it. I'm beginning to feel the same way @HK1. Hi @Karl Munford, thank you for posting this query. I too am relatively new to writing fiction, save for what I did in high sc
  12. Thanks @Shamrock for asking this question. I too have done some of the e-Courses they offer and was wondering the same about the market place. This is helpful information @lynnmosher for when I do start looking around.
  13. 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 is
  14. 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 writi
  15. 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
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