Here’s Proof That Money Is NOT The Root Of All Evil

So where does the saying, "money is the root of all evil" come from? It is quoted from the Bible: For the love of money is the root of all evil:...1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV) Granted, the Bible states that it is the "love" of money that is the root of all evil, but how can …

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The One Thing You Need To Give Yourself Right Now For Unlimited Happiness

Happiness is abundant. It's like the Force in Star Wars: an energy field created by all living things, it surrounds us, penetrates us and binds the galaxy (Universe) together... and yet so many find it elusive and fleeting. Why? I find in my life that there is one thing required to know unadulterated happiness, one …

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The Way We Think About Our Comfort Zone Is Broken

Have you ever wondered why we are always being told to step out of our comfort zone? Why is our comfort zone such a bad place? (Because, seriously? My comfort zone is super awesome!) When I started to research the "comfort zone" in earnest, it was incredibly difficult to find anyone saying anything positive about our …

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Coffee Shop Art and Inspiration For Your Home

Any kitchen or dining area can be your own personal coffee shop.  Just add comfy chairs, pillows, lots of tabletop space and some coffee-inspired artwork!  (Oh, and don't forget the coffee - lots and lots of freshly brewed coffee!) Coffee art is huge right now: coffee posters, coffee-inspired chalk prints, etc.  You can transform any …

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Hypocricy and the Nones

What a great article with interesting, thought-provoking information! I especially like this:
I think more clergy should follow what Episcopal Bishop Robert Wright said in a statement on the Supreme Court decision:

“Today the nation’s highest court has concluded that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.

In the days ahead, whatever your position, I ask you to keep close to your heart and lips the words of scripture, that “God is love.” Christ’s church is trans-political, above all earthly partisanship.

Therefore, if love has won even a small victory today, then let us rejoice.”

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If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:26-27

By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
1 John 3:10

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.
Matthew 23:13

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Ephesians 5:11

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Deep P.O.V. Part Two—Crawling Inside Your Characters

Deep POV Part Two by Kristin Lamb… more of the same and all of it brilliant! As a reader I find that there’s nothing better than getting “deep” inside a character’s head. Kristin explains how the character’s past, personality can attribute to the voice of the character.

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Last time we talked about the history and evolution of POV (Point of View) and why certain types of POV might not be the best choice for a modern reader. We also talked about what is often called “deep POV” which, until I looked it up one day? I thought was just tight writing. Who knew it had a name?

Today we’re going to dive deeper into deep POV.

Wow, deep.

Yes, there are style changes we can make, like removing as many tags as we can and ditching extraneous sensing and thinking words. But deep POV is strongly tethered to characterization. Good characterization. Before we get to that, let’s talk about what we often do when we’re new.

The Fishy Flashback

When we’re new writers, we often don’t understand plotting. We don’t yet have the skill set…

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Deep P.O.V. Part One—What IS It? How Do We DO It?

If you want to keep your reader deeply entrenched in your book you need to know as much as possible about Deep POV and First Person POV… Kristen Lamb explains the mysteries of POV in a clear and concise manner that is hilariously refreshing!

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Writing is like anything else. The trends and fashions change along with the audience. For instance, Moby Dick spends an excruciatingly long time talking about whales, namely because the audience of the time probably had never seen one and never would. If we did this today? Sure, feel free to walk around in a literary gold-plated cod piece, but er…

Yes, awkward.

Epics were also very popular. Follow a character from the womb until death. FANTASTIC STUFF! Why? Because no one had HBO, Pinterest or Angry Birds. Books were a rare indulgence usually reserved for a handful of literate folks with the money or connections to get their hands on…a book.

Also, since writers were paid by the word, their works were padded more than a freshman term paper. Their motto? No modifier left behind. These days? We have to write leaner…

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Anatomy of a Best-Selling Story 3—Opposition

The third installment in Kristen Lamb’s Anatomy of a Best-Selling Story and this time it’s all about your antagonist and all the obstacles and opposition your main character will encounter! Good stuff here: introduce your bad guy (or his/her minions) from the beginning; even if you are writing a series, make sure to get the antagonist at least hinted at from the get-go.

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Ah, structure. We are discussing the fundamentals of story. No skeleton and our story is a puddle of primordial adverb ooze. In Part One, we talked about the micro scale of fiction the scene and the sequel, cause and effect. In Part Two, we panned out for the BIG picture, Aristotelian Three-Act Structure.

Today? We talk about the essential ingredient for ALL fiction. Just like carbon is the ONE key ingredient for all LIFE, conflict is the key ingredient for ALL stories. No conflict? No story.

If you want to self-publish or indie publish, I would assume most of you want to be successfully published, regardless the format or distributor. To be considered “successfully published” we have to sell a lot of books. To sell a lot of books, we must connect with readers. That is what this series is about. Structure is how readers connect to stories. The…

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