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Thomas Davidsmeier

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  1. No, I wasn't suggesting that they were released from prison. I was suggesting that they were brought out for a day or a trip to a crime scene as think has happened before. I tried to look up examples, but quickly have decided I have no stomach for such at the moment. Of course a very famous fictional example is in Silence of the Lambs where Hannibal Lector is taken to a scene to help and escapes.
  2. Yeah, it's really dark. But, I'm not saying this idea would actually fly. Just coming up with stuff off the top of my head.
  3. I've never co-written a book yet, so there's a first time for everything. I worry that I'd be super bossy about it. I've always got big ideas and never enough time to implement them. Man, I do want to write an outline for that novel/movie. Maybe I will in the next day or two while the idea is fresh and kicking.
  4. Yeah, I agree that the only time it is going to be weird is if you pick a fairly unique real place but not have it be the actual real place. If you want one that can be anywhere, pick Springfield. There are approximately 7 million towns named Springfield in the english speaking world.
  5. See, and the opening iine of a spectacular book would be: "I don't talk to the demons any more, just the angels. Wish the former came less and the latter more. But, whatever God gives me, I will persevere." Then, it could be about a Christian who had once been a serial killer but converted. He gets called out of prison to help the cops solve cases. Like a reformed Hannibal Lector! What a crazy concept! He keeps resisting the temptation to escape. Wow, that would be another fun book to write. At one point, he would be released from prison because some "Innocence Project" types get his case thrown out of court even though he didn't ask for them to. The whole psychological plot of the book that involved his battles with temptations to return to his old super evil ways would be interesting because they would be like us regular Christians' everyday struggles with sin, but amped up to 11 with life and death in the balance.
  6. I think you definitely could put a hook for another book at the end of one. I've got a writer friend who says that you should spend the most time on the beginning hook of your novel, and then spend just as much time on your ending "hook" that makes them want to come back for the next book. Might be a cool thing to work a scene in where the villain gives some signs of possible change and then in the next book it is completed and he's got to make his way through whatever situation he's in as a new Christian. A person who committed murder and repents to become a Christian and a changed man is a hugely interesting character, I would think many people would find them fascinating.
  7. I'm currently considering it. I would probably try to do a recording myself after I learned a bit more about how to do it. None of my titles have enough previous sales or popularity to look appealing as a royalty share arrangement from what I last read. When I researched, narrators were saying that royalty share arrangements were much less appealing than flat upfront fees from authors that didn't already have an established audience and proven popularity. Basically, if you're a new author, they don't want to put hours and hours of work into a project that has a strong possibility of going nowhere and making very little money. I'll probably make my just published book as a practice audiobook because it really isn't doing anything on Amazon. I tried heavy AMS keyword advertising, got my book in front of a ~120K shoppers and had only ~50 clicks on ads and 0 sales from all that. Clearly, I failed to put that book in a good niche with a hungry audience. Might as well just use it as a practice script to learn the process of making an audiobook for my other more popular, better placed series.
  8. @RLHicks So, the opinions I'm about to sum up for you come from other people, writing and story experts who are considered experts by many professional authors. They say that if you have a character who undergoes a larger, more drastic change in your story than the character that you spend the most time talking about, most people are going to be left wondering about the bigger, less talked about change. People will be dissatisfied because they won't know about what is a more intriguing and interesting situation that just sort of got pushed into the background so these less fascinating situation could be talked about. Imagine a person telling you this story, "So, I was in the store trying to decide between the red one and the blue one. Right? My spouse likes red, but I prefer blue. So, I asked my friend who escaped from a Chinese concentration camp which one I should get. She said blue, so that's what I bought." Most everyone would really not care about the color the person finally selected and only want to know more about the friend's story, right? Other characters should not have more interesting or even competitively interesting stories happening to them off camera.
  9. The person who goes through the biggest transformation in a story is actually the protagonist of that story. If you've written a story where the "villain" converts at the end and done it well, he has become the "de facto" protagonist of the story and replaced whoever you intended for the role.
  10. @RLHicks On-the-nose writing typically means writing things in such a way that there is no subtly or complexity to the dialogue or situation. It is a sort of predictability or cliche thing. It would be as if you were to write a story where someone who read a description of the hero could then guess a description of the villain and get it mostly if not completely right. Example from the Western genre, Good Guy is a ex-gunslinger who has regrets and doesn't want to fight anymore. He wears a white hat. If you wrote a villain that was a young, brash up and coming gunslinger who wanted to knock off the old guy to gain fame and he wore a black hat, that would be on-the-nose. If instead, you wrote a villain that was an attractive, manipulative widow who set about conniving the hero into "protecting" her and her sweet, innocent daughter (who actually tortured puppies when nobody was looking) by killing a neighboring farmer that she actually just had a grudge against and she doesn't wear any hat, now that would not be on-the-nose. Great, there's another novel idea that I want to write. I've gotta stop this.
  11. Welcome! Good to meet you! I agree with @Zee about that mission being much needed!
  12. Yeah, that's a plague doctor. He's a research picture. I haven't gotten much traction on this book yet, and I really think it is the lack of reviews so far. I don't know what to do about that, so I might need to just be patient. Oh well, I've never started a new pen name before. Live and learn.
  13. Right now, I've got so many irons in the fire that if one isn't hot at the moment I've got plenty of other ones that need attention. If I'm getting bad output for something, I just start writing that stuff down, even though I know it's terrible. Eventually, something in there usually kicks my brain back on and I start producing better stuff. My problem is forgetting to come back and fix the bad bits later!
  14. Praise God, that your grandma knew the Lord, it makes everything a lot easier.
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