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  1. Hi John. It's great to have you here.
  2. Hello @TD Todd. I just read your "It all started when..." post in the W&P section and I was impressed with your story. Welcome to ChristianWriters.com. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your work and getting to know you better.
  3. Oh wow. @Johne That is an excellent post and gives me a lot to ponder moving forward. And it definitely answers the question I had in mind when I started this thread - if you can watch Pulp Fiction you are able to endure a lot more gore than I will write! Thank you for this detailed and thoughtful response. This place is quickly becoming my favorite corner of the 'net.
  4. I couldn't choose "Yes" or 'No" in your poll because, well, it depends. I read a series that was based in the place I grew up and I loved it, because the author also lived there and was accurate in the geographical descriptions. Some of the passages felt like a homecoming of sorts, and inspired some trips down memory lane. If you can do that I say go for it. My apprehension would be missing the mark and confusing/offending a reader who is familiar with the area.
  5. Hello @Ruth - and welcome to the forum!
  6. Welcome to the forum @Seyi21 - and a hearty congratulations on finishing your novel!
  7. Thanks for the suggestion to look here for examples. I want this to be a fast-paced story. And I know what you mean, I had to step away from the site last night to work on the antag's bio. Thank you Wes B, I do like that better and I'm going to use it. I have an internal debate over "revenge" or "vengeance" but yeah, the pithier theme you suggested wins. Also thank you Ky_GirlatHeart. I do plan to use tragic events without being graphic about it - maybe "Randall cringed as he felt the life slip out of the man below him." vs. "As a crimson fountain blossomed on the
  8. Thank you so much @Amosathar. I already have three significant events that combine to push the MC to revenge - after establishing him as a sympathetic character. I will take your advice and add a couple of smaller nudges to his downward spiral. I will probably work the "lifelines" or hopeful events into the wise counsel that he receives from mentors - and of course ignores, initially. I really do appreciate your suggestions. I want to keep the reader engaged even as the hammer continues to fall again and again.
  9. Ok I'm glad to hear that, and I appreciate the list of authors too. I will check them out.
  10. Thanks for the encouragement KR! I was curious if anyone has done this before - I don't want to follow a trope! Can you give me examples of similar stories you've seen or read?
  11. Thanks Zee. Our hero is a man of action - he only has time to be introspective on his way to the next objective! I will be writing about violent acts without going into graphic descriptions of those acts. Thank you for the tips HK1. Sin will not be glorified, I will try to "show" it as sin. It will be ugly but I'll avoid detailed accounts. I will work hard to keep the main character sympathetic.
  12. Thank you for the warm welcome and well-wishes! I posted a question thread in the Writing & Publishing section, I would appreciate any advice you would be willing to give.
  13. Hi all. As the title “Is this doable?” suggests, I am soliciting advice. I have a story idea and I’m working through character bios, plot structure, scene setting etc. As I was brainstorming, I began to question whether this story would be enjoyable for my target audience – adult Christians and spiritually-curious non-believers. It will be a “crime thriller” in the typical three-act structure. It should be fairly quick-paced, target is 60,000 – 90,000 words. The theme is: Lust for revenge would destroy a man, but forgiveness restores him. The protagonist is
  14. Hello Christian Writers, my name is Chris. I'm a 52 y.o. man born and raised in the SEUS. I'm a born-again child of YHWH (since childhood), husband to the most beautiful woman alive for 24 years, and father to four grown children (2 boys, 2 girls). And now, I'm pregnant with a book idea. I know right - another one of those people! I'm in the middle of plot structure and outlining. I had some questions so I went searching for a "support group" and ended up here. Mods and admins, thanks for the forum. I'm looking forward to becoming part of the community. I'l
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