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  1. Lol when PenName said "close" I perceived it to mean deep POV. Since I'm hearing and reading so much about deep POV being best for third person, I like the word "close" to cover my own meaning. Pretty much I want my first person WIP to feel pretty much like you're reading the MC's thoughts. So as deep as my skill set and first person narrative will take me I'm fully aware that deep/close style isn't a real name lol.
  2. My current WIP is in first person but I'm trying to do the deep/close style with it as well. So I do find it works well but in moderation for sure.
  3. Ahh that makes sense with what you said about the classics vs modern. I read some articles that discussed beginning sentences with "But" or "And" as well as having incomplete sentences. I get that technically it's a no-no but also depending on the work, audience etc it's acceptable as a style choice. To some extent of course. Thanks for commenting!
  4. Thank you. Somehow when I read your response it just seemed like a dumb question lol. Not that you implied that. I agree. I just ended up with a decent amount of one line paragraphs breaking it up like that. That's the only reason I even doubted if I should switch it up a bit. I don't remember paying attention to that in books I've read. I also don't remember seeing as many short paragraphs. But thanks
  5. I just looked on goodreads website and it says something about not being able to require that readers leave a review. Online book club I found as a reader so I don't know all of the details. Actually sorry I just looked them up to and they do charge to submit your book. The cheapest package is $97. It makes sense because they do pay their readers a small amount for some reviews. Sorry about that. Not too much help since you mentioned you wanted free. My other suggestion, not sure if applicable, but if you already have some sort of a following (social media, blog readers) maybe you can offer them a few free copies. Or do your target readers "hang out" on some specific websites where you can give away a few copies. Not sure if that helps, just things of thought've doing myself once I'm there.
  6. I don't have any actual experience with either as an author I'm still working on my first book. But you may be interested in doing an author profile on https://www.goodreads.com/author/program. I'd done some marketing research and decided I wanted to give them a go. But as I'm still editing, I haven't super looked into it. I have, as a reader, received ebooks to review on Online Book Club https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/authors/. I haven't dug too deep into their author program but I know that they give their readers guidelines and they have a team that checks the reviews to make sure they aren't sloppily done. Now I believe they're free to author and that you just have to be willing to give away a few free copies. Congrats on being published!!!
  7. Thank you. I wondered if my question was clear. What I meant was what's best practice on paragraph breaks and dialogue. BESIDES the obvious need for a new paragraph such as change in topic or change in speaker. 1. lets say I have a paragraph about setting and then a character is going to say something. If the paragraph isn't too long already and has only described setting so far can I introduce a beat and the subsequent dialogue in the same paragraph. Should that always be a new paragraph? Or is it a case-by case or preference thing? Setting details. Details, Detail. Action beat. Dialogue VS Setting/general details. Details. Detail. Action Beat. Dialogue 2, also one character says something, new character reacts or does something and then same character continues speaking... could/should that be one paragraph? My example above shows what I'm worried about. I don't want there too many super short "paragraphs". Hopefully that makes sense. Character 1 talking. Character has short, non-verbal reaction. Character 1 continues talking. VS Character 1 talking. Character 2's non-verbal reaction. Character 1 continues talking. The hard part for me on this is I like the look of each bit of uninterrupted dialogue having its own paragraph. I don't like some of the 1-2 sent paragraphs that I end up with by ALWAYS separating dialogue from other story details. I also want to be consistent. I'll brush up on my technical grammar stuff closer to the end, I just wondered if there was some writing wisdom I'm missing out on.
  8. Here I'm just pretty much asking for your best dialogue tips First-time author here working on my first book. Still very much in the editing phase. I'm not quite ready for proofreading grammatical stuff quite yet but I wanted to begin thinking about ways to better my dialogue. I have a pretty good handle at coming up with what my characters actually say and making it sound realistic. Actually my book is a memoir so for this WIP, that's actually the easiest part lol. But I'm hoping to get advice about how you all punctuate dialogue. I know that a google search can give all of the reminders about commas and all that jazz. I mean more like this: “He ain’t the only one who thinks that. My friend is here and he wants to talk to you.” I chuckled. The liquid eased down my throat like it didn’t even contain alcohol. I need to dance. I pulled Dimitri’s arm. He tugged me back towards him. "Can you just talk to him? I told him you would." Like this, would this all be one paragraph since the speaker didn't change? Or should I keep it separate because the interrupting actions is mine and not his? (I use a lot of internal dialogue so in context this piece makes sense) I couldn't find another example right away but I also wonder about when a paragraph is describing setting and then I often include an emotional or action beat (those are terms I read on Pinterest lol hopefully I'm using them correctly but I'm trying to really avoid dialogue tags for this WIP). Anyway Setting, action beat, dialogue.... Would that all be one paragraph until a new one was needed (change in speaker etc) I've been doing each piece of dialogue on it's own paragraph. Like I'll describe setting. Then new paragraph with a beat to identify speaker then dialogue then new paragraph... I've read a lot about punctuation in dialogue so I hope that this question doesn't come off lazy. I promise I'm not just kind of doubting everything at this point lol
  9. Wow. I loved this! The interview was very well done and the story oh wow. God is so good!!!! He gives us so much strength. I really love your testimony. Thank you both for getting it out there
  10. Don't mind at all. But I have to give my two cents as well. Just keep writing. Keep trying never give up. Maybe don't be so hard on yourself. If you really can't get over the books you're working on then maybe you're not supposed to. Stop ignoring the nudge and get writing. This is coming from the woman who had a dream about a book years ago and just recently finished the draft but still is slowly progressing in the editing. I could go on and on but I'll stop here because I think you may have some writing to do
  11. I love this idea and I think i have to go with growth for the theme of my WIP.
  12. Sooo I didn't take the time to download the final version and get it on my phone. But since this I've centered the subtitle as well as purchased and cropped the actual versions of the two stock photos shown but haven't changed much else. i think i also made my name a little bigger. I may have actually changed the subtitle also lol .. took a break from the cover to focus on editing
  13. I self designed the cover for my wip but i had a really clear vision of how I wanted it and was pretty simple and I like how it came out. That wip is almost ready for betas so I started my second project and I have no idea what I'll do for cover design on that one. Might have to look into hiring someone if I cant bust out a good yet SIMPLE one. Now im not sure about how the cover fits in the genre. Not even sure how to define its genre to be honest. It's a memoir about a romance that changed my life in a way you wouldn't expect and I focus on the relationship brought me closer to God. So I don't know but I felt led to write it. Literally woke up in thr middle of the night and "heard" the title and just kind of a super clear vision of how the cover should look and went with it. I don't believe in luck but God bless on your writing
  14. On the hobby vs profession piece I agree that only God can answer that. BUT on the stuck piece I just took a webinar (Chandler Bolt's free self-publishing webinar) that discussed mind mapping. I already have my rough draft but if you haven't tried it before it may help get your creative juices flowing again for your book. If English class was as long ago for you as it was for me then a refresher on a mind map may be helpful lol. Place your main idea for your book in the center of a piece of paper and then just pen to paper with everything you can think of related to that idea. If it works for you he suggests doing the same thing for the central idea of each chapter and then producing an outline from that. God bless
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