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    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    @mayajoelle The Lore of Yore is set in a pre-incarnation/redemption world that feels like a post-incarnation world (wide spread of churches, no ethnic people group chosen by God, no physical temple)

    The one chaplain character feels like a Quaker more than anything else (because he actively opposes war and slavery).

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    #122470
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    https://authorzacharyholbrook.weebly.com/ is my home base from which I shall go forth and dominate the world through writing. On it I share my short story, The Besouler, with those who join my email list.

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    #122469
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    @mayajoelle My dream is to bridge the gap between Christian and secular audiences. Ideally, a secular reader would see God acting in my story, but accept it as an organic part of the story-world rather than as deus ex machina or a shoehorned evangelism attempt.

    The downside to a pre-Incarnation setting is that I think that would drive my stories in a darker direction, one where people have a much less clear of what’s going on spiritually. But then, Till We Have Faces had God acting in a pagan world in a way that’s both obscure and incredibly powerful, so I could try to go that direction. (It’s gonna be a loooooong time before my skills can match the epicness of Till We Have Faces, though)

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    #122274
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    @crazywriter @arindown I’m glad my question has sparked some important thoughts. As for me, Christ-figures in alternate universes pose no problem. While we ought to do our best to present truth in our stories, most readers will read fantasy novels as fantasy novels, and not interpret them as literally making claims about other gods in other worlds.

    I’m leaning toward weaving an atoning Incarnation/Death/Resurrection into the ancient past, and then thinking through how different people across the eras and empires of my fantasy world would respond to the message of what God’s done for them. I hope to create realistic traditions/denominations of parallel Christian worship, traditions that rise naturally rather than being copied from our world.

    If I’ve managed to interest you in my storytelling, you can read some of my short stories and join my email list for free at my website: https://authorzacharyholbrook.weebly.com

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    #122193
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    Some of my thematic questions are, How do I know what’s right? What if my most trusted companions tell me to do something, but I still feel guilty for doing it?

     

    And then there are plot questions loaded with tension. <i>What does the talking sword really want? How far will Anya go to resurrect her husband? What will Keylori sacrifice in order to attain peace?</i>

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    #122191
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    @claire_tucker Pain. Find out what your protagonist wants most and take it from them. Then figure out how this will force them to change and move towards the end of their character arc.

    K.M Weiland has some great articles on the midpoint at her website, Helping Writers Become Authors. One of the things she says is that the event right in the middle of your story should be where the protagonist comes face-to-face with himself. He sees himself for what he is truly is and has to decide how to move forward.

    How exactly this looks like will depend on what kind of character arc you have– what lies does your character believe at the beginning? How can he reject them and grow towards truth? Or (if you have a negative arc), how can be presented with a chance to embrace the truth, but reject it and descend further into his lies and the consequences thereof?

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    #115478
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    @arindown I just finished the second draft of my WIP yesterday. It’s called The Lore of Yore, and weighs in at about 138k words.

    If you want to polish your flash fiction, Havok is great help. Submit a piece and their editors will give you feedback even if you’re not chosen for publication.

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    #109964
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

     I liked how Chris Fabry opened up Matt’s inner world BY changing his external world rather than bogging down several introductory chapters with Matt’s psychology before bringing in conflict and action.

    Wow, that is a good observation. Something important to keep in mind going forward in my writing journey.


    @taylorclogston
    The majority of the book will take place in ’72. Not sure I would call it lazy, but it is a little bit jarring since present Matt is your entry point into the story, yet the real emotional attachment happens through past Matt. It does all come together very nicely in the end, though. *has already read the whole book and has to force himself to wait until later to talk about the ending*

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    #108815
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    @jennythefaun You should probably set up some sort of link. 🙂

    I enjoyed Candle and Bread for the Hunger, so I’m definitely interested in seeing what else you’re cooking up. (Also, Jenny, if I ever become famous, you will enjoy the distinction of being one of the first 10 people to read my emails.)

    My email is toklahammail@gmail.com (actually, I have several emails, but that’s the one I use for non-junk yet impersonal emails)

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    #106943
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    @emberynus-the-dragonslayer I believe groups have pretty much replaced guilds in their function at SE.

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    #104392
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    @I-david Speaking of Sanderson and D.O.Ds, what do you think of Vin from Mistborn? She definitely fits the description of a D.O.D, but there’s a lot more to her character than just fighting prowess.

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    #104391
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    Huh. I’ve never had a hard time coming up with titles– often a title is the first thing I dream up when brainstorming a story.

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    #103789
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    @kr-lalonde Your dad got you antivirus software for Christmas?

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    #103726
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    I joined a group of Emberlings called ‘The Iron Project’, which started through the main forum (https://storyembers.org/forums/topic/strength-in-numbers/) and looks like it might be filling some guild-esque roles. K.M Small shared a flash fiction and we’ve been critiquing it.

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    #103674
    Zachary Holbrook
    @toklaham-veruzia

    @deeprun My email is toklahammail@gmail.com.

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