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Writers' Cafe / Blurb Help
« on: October 06, 2019, 07:58:01 am »
Hey guys. I'd appreciate if anyone could look over this blurb. I've had half a dozen people look at it for me, but they're all family, so...yeah. Anyway, thanks in advance.

Bella’s entire life has been spent trying to help others, and now it's going to get her killed.

Working as a corporate drone can be soul crushing, but if anyone learns she's a witch, she could lose her head too. She has always been able to walk the line between the mystic and mundane while keeping her head down, but when something supernatural invades her building and kidnaps a child, she’ll have risk everything to rescue the girl and protect her secret. Plunging into the hidden world of magic, she will face trolls, shape changing Pookas, and the mother of monsters. Will she have the strength to fight creatures straight out of mythology, or will both she and the girl die?

An Elementary Witch is the first of the Bella Flores Urban Fantasy series. If you enjoy brilliant magic, dangerous monsters, and going toe-to-toe with supernatural forces, you’ll love this first in series.

Discover this hidden world today!

Writers' Cafe / What pushes you to finish
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:13:21 am »
So I was doing some spring cleaning (well, late summer/early fall really. Man, spring just flew by) and, going through some junk files, I found no less than 20 partially completed MS's. Now, before people jump in and say, "So do we", I know this is common for writers. We can be tootling along and BAM! Shiny New Object hits us from left field. However, in my case, these MS's weren't just 2-5k long. Some (12 to be exact) were over 40k long and of those, 3 were 80k or better. I sat down to re-read them and they're ok. Need a lot of editing, but still not bad. Thinking back, I can't even remember if there was an exact reason I put them down other than, well, boredom. I got bored writing them. Re-reading them, I knew why I felt like writing them, but I don't feel like picking back up where I left off even now. So how do you do it. What motivates you to wrap up that sucker and say "The End"?

Writers' Cafe / Jerry Jenkins Novel Blueprint
« on: July 24, 2018, 12:56:09 pm »
A year or more ago, I signed up for some information and, just last night, received an invitation to join his course. I was just wondering if anyone here had tried the course and, if so, what they though of it. It's a fair chunk of change to drop, and I can't really find any reviews I feel are comfortably non-biased enough. Thanks.

Writers' Cafe / Your opinion
« on: May 21, 2018, 06:28:59 am »
Okay, so about a month ago, I started a new piece in the same manner as always. I spent a week working on the outline, making sure the story worked, characters grew, etc. By the time I was done with the outline, I had ~70 scenes set up. Once that was done, I began writing, expecting to write 800-1,000 words per scene, so 70k+ words before editing (which for me usually means adding more). I'm generally pretty good at estimating scene length, but after two weeks of writing, I'm finding that I'm averaging way more words per scene, as follows:

Scene 1: 1,982
Scene 2: 1,258
Scene 3: 704
Scene 4: 1,258
Scene 5: 1,766
Scene 6: 2,228
Scene 7: 1,400
Scene 8: 1,018
Scene 9: 1,866
etc., ad nausium

I'm not complaining, far from it actually. However, if this pattern follows through, I'll have approximately 105k words done before editing. This is a game-lit/LitRPG story, so readers aren't looking for door stops, and I was originally intending it to be a one-off, maybe using it as a reader magnet. So my question is, would it be better to cut it in half and deliver 2 shorter stories (52-55k each) or just leave it as is and produce a goat choking novel more suited for epic fantasy than game-lit?

Writers' Cafe / New website, Any suggestions?
« on: May 03, 2018, 07:12:47 pm »
My last website crashed (I did have it backed up though), so I decided to build a new one. I'd appreciate any comments or suggestions to make it better. The link is

Thank you.

Introductions & Welcomes / Greetings and Salutations
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:53:22 am »
Hey everyone. I've been a long time lurker, but I've decided to become more active. I'm hoping to publish my first novel this year (Urban Fantasy) and have found the information here to be a gold mine. I only hope to be able to contribute as much as I've received.

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