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    Jess R. Plowman
    @toljamedia

    Someone in the Reedsy discord recommended Story Embers after a mention of “thought-provoking Christian lit.” I’m so glad they did! The manifesto is the most encouraging thing I’ve read in a long time. I have been so bogged down lately by the state of the secular publishing industry… it’s a dark place, friends. Like the rest of the world, no one knows up from down anymore.

    Anyway, I’m Jessie. I live in the midwest and I’m coming back to novel writing after a long hiatus. I have a terrible, life-long track record of not finishing things. That is my biggest goal for joining a like-minded writing community: just get through a first draft and complete the major edits. I’d love to talk about my strengths and weaknesses as a writer, but honestly that all seems like posing when I have to successfully complete any manuscript.

    But there is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent.

    #151137
    Emily Waldorf
    @emily-waldorf

    @toljamedia Hi Jessie! I’m Emily, and I live in the Midwest, too! And incidentally, I  also have difficulty finishing things. I will finish writing, but it takes forever. So! Do you have a current WIP (Work in Progress)? What’s the storyline?

    I have…well, one officially. But I hope to start another soon, and I have three others that I’ve completed synopses to. 🙂

    Don't cry for me, for I go where music is born ~J.S. Bach

    #151139
    Noah Cochran
    @noah-cochran

    @toljamedia

    Hey Jessie, I’m Noah, glad to have you on SE! If you’re seeking solid advice or encouragement, this is a good place to get it. 🙂

    I have been so bogged down lately by the state of the secular publishing industry… it’s a dark place, friends. Like the rest of the world, no one knows up from down anymore.

    I know exactly what you mean. The more I look into it, the more its ungliness shows. Looking at the news in any arena is hard nowadays.

    Anyway, I’m Jessie. I live in the midwest and I’m coming back to novel writing after a long hiatus. I have a terrible, life-long track record of not finishing things. That is my biggest goal for joining a like-minded writing community: just get through a first draft and complete the major edits.

    Well Jessie, I think we can all empathize. I’ve finished a thing or two, but each time I go back to edit, I’m like, what in the trash-riddendfas world did I just write? xD However, the first step is indeed finishing the first draft. Is there anything particuarly you’d like advice on?

    Oh, and I live in Missouri, which I believe is the midwest unless they’ve change it…🙃

    I’d love to talk about my strengths and weaknesses as a writer, but honestly that all seems like posing when I have to successfully complete any manuscript.

    Nope, not posing, its time to spill the beans and release all those internal struggles. 🙂 What would you say your strenghts are in writing? What about your weaknesses? What’s holding you back from finishing that WIP? Do I sould like a therapist? xD (I sincerely hope not) If you voice a few of them, I might be able to scrounge up a few tips from my meager knowledge of storycraft.

    Anyways, what’s your current WIP about? Do you have a favorite genre or author?”

    #151141
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @toljamedia

    Hi Jessie! I’m Rose, I’m so glad you’re here!!

    I have a terrible, life-long track record of not finishing things. That is my biggest goal for joining a like-minded writing community: just get through a first draft and complete the major edits.

    Then you’re at the right place! Story Embers is full of fabulous folks so there are plenty of people to encourage, remind, advise, and affectionately threaten your way through a novel XD

    Having a community like this has helped me incredibly, I never would have gotten as far as I am now if it wasn’t for that!

    You can absolutely do it, and it’ll be fantastic!

    I’d love to talk about my strengths and weaknesses as a writer, but honestly that all seems like posing when I have to successfully complete any manuscript.

    Oh, it’s not! There’s an immense range of writers, from “I’ve been working on one project for more than a decade” to “I have an interest in writing but I haven’t started yet”, “I’ve trad/self-published or am working on it” and “I’ve started dozens of projects and finished none of them” (That one is actually really common, so don’t worry about it in the least!)

    I’d love to hear all about your project, or any ideas if you don’t have a project yet!

    Do you have any hobbies and interests besides writing? What are your favorite books?

    Lovely to meet you!

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #151179
    Jess R. Plowman
    @toljamedia

    So! Do you have a current WIP (Work in Progress)? What’s the storyline?

    Anyways, what’s your current WIP about? Do you have a favorite genre or author?”

    I’d love to hear all about your project, or any ideas if you don’t have a project yet! Do you have any hobbies and interests besides writing? What are your favorite books?

    Right now I’m writing science fiction, about a disaster on a tiny, remote research planet. It leans toward a lot of Western tropes as well. I talk about it more here, and in my profile. I know most people don’t like to work this way, but I cannot work on a story without having a clear theme pictured first. This one is along the lines of “how should one live in doomed times” or slightly more specifically “how should a young person live in times without guidance?”

    As for hobbies, I travel when I can and enjoy occasional diy projects – woodwork, gardening, knitting, sewing. As for reading, the  genre of my youth was fantasy, but lately I have been trying almost everything and I like it all – mystery, westerns, literary, contemporary, fantasy, and sci fi. Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses has been my favorite find of the last few years.

    Thanks for the interest guys! I can’t wait to hear more about all your ideas as well!

    But there is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent.

    #151183
    Rose
    @rose-colored-fancy

    @toljamedia

    Right now I’m writing science fiction, about a disaster on a tiny, remote research planet. It leans toward a lot of Western tropes as well. I talk about it more here, and in my profile.

    That premise sounds absolutely fabulous, I love smaller-scale sci-fi, but it’s hard to find!

    I know most people don’t like to work this way, but I cannot work on a story without having a clear theme pictured first. This one is along the lines of “how should one live in doomed times” or slightly more specifically “how should a young person live in times without guidance?”

    Oh, I completely get that! I don’t always work that way, but my latest few projects all came theme-first. The project I’m currently planning, Murder of Swans, certainly did! I had the theme and two main characters and then it started going in every direction, but those elements have stayed fixed.

    I do find that I often discover secondary themes as I’m drafting. That’s always fun!

    I love those themes, that’ll be so fascinating!

    As for hobbies, I travel when I can and enjoy occasional diy projects – woodwork, gardening, knitting, sewing. As for reading, the  genre of my youth was fantasy, but lately I have been trying almost everything and I like it all – mystery, westerns, literary, contemporary, fantasy, and sci fi. Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses has been my favorite find of the last few years.

    That’s awesome! I sew too! I used to knit, I just haven’t done it recently.

    I read a whole bunch of genres too, it’s fun because you can draw ideas from all of them!

    My current project is a fantasy trilogy. I’m in the last three chapters of the third book, and after that comes revisions. I’m also planning the aforementioned story, “Murder of Swans”, which is a contemporary mystery.

    Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?

    #151184
    Jess R. Plowman
    @toljamedia

    I love that title, Murder of Swans – I am already intrigued!

    But there is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent.

    #151201
    KingdomFire7
    @kingdomfire7

    @toljamedia

    Yes, hello! welcome welcome! I’m pretty new here too and it’s been really great! So much good writing advice all over the place!

    If you want to chat, I’m up for it! XD (only thing is we’re going on a trip so totay’s prolly my last day on the computer for about a week :/)

     

    God bless ye! ;D

    Everyone has a choice; but how will we make the right ones?
    (hint: God ;))

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