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April 22, 2020: VIDEO PODCAST: Avery Awards: Team Edition – Best Scene

It’s another round of the Avery Awards, but this time, the Odyssey team gives their favorite scenes from the history of the show. (Length: 13 minutes)

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    1. None here! Should we ask somebody though? I don’t know who we should ask, but I’m worried that once this podcast gets far enough down the list, the comments will be deleted, too. And we need to get all of the previous writers here. I think a lot of them got lost when the website was redone, or else I haven’t seen them.

      1. Jell-O,
        Yeah. I don’t know who to ask, though. I can find MRS(WWIINinja), and I can also find Bethel (Bookwork), but Texas Cowboy left and I’m not sure about the rest. :/

        1. Here!
          We could have the page here. The only thing is that every other podcast, we would have to switch pages, sadly. 🙁

          1. Wait, how come? Surely they won’t just up and delete the comments every time a new podcast comes out?

        2. I wish we could look back on the old page to see who was there!! I miss Coolcuz. As the founder, she kind of made up some of the life of the page! But we can put a link on the main page and hopefully we can attract a whole new group if we can find the original one.

    1. Every time I hear that, the first words that come to my mind are, “Writer’s block.” No offense. That’s just the thing I suffer from the most.

      1. I have a question. You’re username inspired this question, and if it doesn’t get posted, I understand, but… Do you like horses????

    1. I have been homeschooled for about 89.6% of my life. I did the math. I can’t tell you how old I am because of the thing about personal info, but I can tell you this, I think… So I feel you.

  1. Welcome to the writer’s page!
    This page was first started by COOLCUZ on the old site (for anyone who didn’t know) as a place for writers to post helpful lessons and practical writing advice. Sometimes they even included tips and homework assignments! You could also ask questions about writing or get name inspiration. As the page grew longer…
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  2. CONT…
    … As the page grew longer, people started posting poetry they had written and asking for help making it better. Unfortunately, after the website redo, all of our old lessons etc. were lost, but now the page is reborn!
    Anyone can post lessons or advice. I hope this page will provide inspiration for your writing journey!

  3. Bethel: YES!!! It is reborn! How are your stories going? Hope your family is doing well and is healthy 🙂 Jell-O: Thank you for the inspiration! WW11NINJA: Same! Glad it is back too! 🙂 Ava: Hey! Welcome to the writer’s page! 🙂 You can call me Naomi, or Na10. “Yes”, I was being homeshooled before the Covid 19. What about you? God bless everyone!

  4. AQ: How are you doing? Hope your family are doing well and are healthy 🙂 Are you still working on that story with the world that is flat but, has a waterfall that runs over the edges of the world? Hope your writing is going well. I hope to work some on the story with Zirenia (the fantasy story with worlds).God bless! Miss.Smile 🙂

    1. I do. When I was younger I came to the website and they had major glitches to work out. I havent come back to this site in forever. I see it again, and my mind BLOWS. Everything is amazing! Does anyone remember the old site? If so, please reply! I feel like I’m complimenting Alex Jefferson. They should have a page about the Ice Cream Scoop.

  5. This podcast was super cool! I was sitting on my coach on a Saturday afternoon listening. I LOVED the scenes that were played! It brought back a lot of memories from when I was listening to those episodes. My favorite scene has to be “The Time Has Come” when Eugene says “Yes” and becomes a christian ❤ Though the I slap floor scene was great too!

    1. Exactly! It works without the website, but I wish this site wouldn’t demand personal info. My parents almost didn’t let me comment anymore, but I explained about the writer’s page and all of my friends that I almost lost bc of the redo.

        1. Well I just put in my email and everything seems to work nicely. Maybe they just want your email so they can contact you personally if they need to.

        2. Are they still posting comments without the email? I tried to see if it would still work without the email address, and I don’t think the comment posted. I might have missed it, though.

    2. Yeah I’m not giving my Email because my mom really doesn’t like it when I give my Email out, and it doesn’t really demand that I type it in.

  6. This is super weird. They put my name as “Anonymous” for the comment I posted to AQ. So, that should have been “NaomiorNa10”. Guess I forgot to put my name lol 🙂

  7. Naomi:
    You’re back!!!! Yay! So glad to see you!😄
    My stories are going great! I’m almost done with my second draft of the one book; hopefully I’ll finish it this month. Then, I’ll start draft three! How’s your book(s) going?
    My family is doing great; we’re all safe and healthy, thank God. Hbu?

  8. Just saying, but rewrites are painful.

    I have sequels I’m dying to write… but I can’t. I have to wait, I have to make myself be patient, I have to put those stories on the back burner. I have to remember that they’ll still be there when I come back. 🙂 lol Sorry for the mini rant.

  9. Hey everyone! So happy to see you all again!😄 Bethel: Glad you and your family and stories are doing well! Hope you get your draft done soon (I know it can take a while to finish, I struggle with that a lot). To be honest, I haven’t done much writing lately. I am having a really hard time writing a good starting for my fantasy story. Part 2 🙂

  10. Hello! I intend to become a member. Will someone please contact me with writer pages? Will someone also help me become a member and understand completely what this is about? Thank you, and I hope to talk to someone soon.

    1. On this writers page, we just post lessons and tips on how to write better! You can join anytime! Anyone can!

  11. Does anyone else think it’s cool that the picture of Wooton and the gang twist around depending on which way you scroll??

  12. I almost cried when I saw they changed the podcast page. I didn’t know if Id be able to comment any more! Then I almost cried when I saw how much people have missed me. I do have a lesson and Ill try to post it later. Ive missed you all!
    -CC

      1. CoolCuz,
        HOORAY, YOU’RE BACK!!! Glad to see you again (yes I meant ‘glad’, not ‘good’, even though it is good to see you)!

  13. #1 Oddesy Fan: Yes, it is neat!
    AQ: Are we suppose to teach something? I would love to help if I can. Just let me know. Hope your stories are going well 🙂 COOLCUZ: Don’t think we have met, I’m Naomi or Na10. Yes, I thought the exact same thing when the website reloaded. I didn’t see a place to post, until I clicked on a podcast and rolled down.

  14. Miss Smile,
    Stories are going as they always do: slow. 🙂 I’ve posted my Mykel/Zara story on another website, and my critique people asked for a sequel, so I’m working on that. HBU? The story with Zarina and all? Yep, whenever we have a lesson we post it, but I think CoolCuz claimed first lesson. Post yours after hers! 🙂 Can’t wait to see it! 🙂

  15. Naomi:
    Aww, thx! I think I have two or three chapters til I can restart. Hopefully I’ll finish it this month. 🙂
    I know what you mean! Writing is so hard… I remember one time I was writing a scene where a character died. I’m pretty sure I went weeks without touching my manuscript! And then I restarted it which fixed the problem. lol

  16. I copied some of the old lessons (a lot of the very first ones) into a document on my computer for easy reference! I just remembered them, and I could repost them individually! Or I could edit them and write new takes on old lessons! Let me know what y’all would like!

  17. LESSON ONE:
    Creating Appealing Characters
    I used to struggle with this a lot! In my early days of writing, my characters mostly turned out as goody-two-shoes-es, or like Mary Poppins: perfect in every way. Later on, when I tried to describe their personalities, it was always similar, and very shallow. Maybe you’ve struggled with this too.

    Cont…

  18. Cont.
    So here are some practical tips for making your characters appealing to the reader.
    1. DON’T describe their personality TOO MUCH!
    Maybe you weren’t expecting that one. But sometimes I am so anxious to give my reader a good idea of the character that I create an ADJECTIVE OVERLOAD. Author E. B. White once said, “Be clear, but … ”

    Cont…

  19. Cont.
    “… do not explain too much.” So how do you do that? Erase your lists of adverbs and adjectives and try to boil down their personality into 3 OR 4 ADJECTIVES or a couple describing phrases, but don’t over-explain. Just use a few adjectives, not several.
    2. But make those adjectives be great ones!
    When I come across and unfamiliar adj.,
    Cont.

  20. Cont.
    … I look it up and write it down, because usually it is the words that we don’t hear in day-to-day speech anymore that make the best words! Words we use and hear all the time (like “good”, “sweet” and “neat”, or even “interesting” and “fantastic”) get glossed over, and you don’t think about them when you read them. …

    Cont.

  21. Cont.
    … But unusual adjectives are noticed and pondered, which helps readers to get a better image of your character.
    3. Give them a passion
    Real people have feelings. They have passions that lift them up and keep them going. Give your character a passion—even if they don’t know what it is themselves—something that they love and that…

    Cont.

  22. Cont.
    … fills them with wonder or excitement. It adds so much depth to their character, and the reader will relate to their passions because everyone has something that they love and that fills them with energy.
    4. Look for unusual, “unimportant” details
    Everyone has “weird things”. Or maybe unusual talents. Maybe your character has…

    Cont.

  23. Cont.
    … has super frizzy hair or is unusually tall, or can wiggle their ears or do voice impressions. They don’t have to be a big deal, but sometimes just concentrating on the important stuff can make it seem shallow. And who knows? Maybe it will inspire you to make them have to use their specific unusual quirk to save the day!

    Cont.

  24. Cont.
    Making character charts is a helpful way to remember what you’ve written about your character, and a place to make notes about what you plan to reveal about them. Character charts have different elements, but here are a couple of key elements that you may put in (but don’t have to):
    Character’s Name and Age:
    Description: (what they look like)

  25. Cont.
    Personality: (how they act; quality adjectives that describe them)
    Family:
    Particular: (The character’s distinct likes, dislikes, and beliefs)
    Notes: (Anything else!)

    HOMEWORK:
    Write up a character chart for a character. Include their passions and unusual talents.

    Well, that was my 1st lesson on the new page! Hope it was helpful to someone!

  26. AQ: Sorry your stories are going slow, I know that can be frustrating! So neat you’re working on a sequel! What other website do you go to? If you don’t mind telling me. If not, no worries. I haven’t done much with my story for Zirenia, because I have fallen in love with poetry. But, I do need to get back to that story. God bless! Miss.Smile 🙂

  27. I am so glad that we have a writer’s page again! 😛

    I am working on writing another story, and I need help with some name ideas. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

    1. Girls: Victoria, Lydia, Willow, Hailey, Ria, Melody, Summer, Ria, Rowan, Penelope, Winter, Elizabeth, Naomi, Florence

      Boys: Bruce, Jason, Troy, Keith, Gilbert, Harold, Malachi, Nathan, Trevor, Payton, Lewis, Derek, Isaac, Earl

  28. Hi! I have finally found the writer’s page. Today I read a story my dad wrote about a day that never happened. It was about September 31, and since that date does not exist, a bunch of weird things happened.

    1. The one I just posted was one of my old ones that I just rewrote. I have most of the very first ones copied down, but less of the latest ones. Should I chose ones tho repost, or repost them all in order from the very beginning?

  29. LESSON:
    First, I would like to thank you all for your kind response to my return. It meant a lot. Okay, now onto my lesson!

    ADDING JESUS TO YOUR STORIES
    Yes, I have already done a similar lesson, but I thought it was time for another. As Christians, we should be spreading the love of Christ everywhere. One way to do that is through your..
    CONT.

  30. LESSON CONT.:
    stories. Am I saying that we have to only write about Jesus and nothing else? No, of course not! But how can we bring Him into our stories?
    1. Make your character(s) pray! This doesn’t have to be a long thing, but it can be a big change.
    2. Maybe have your character recite or read a Bible verse.
    3. Just make your character go to
    CONT

  31. LESSON CONT.
    church. You don’t need to go into it, just mentioned that they went.
    4. Make your character read the Bible before bed or pray before they eat.
    5. You can even make your character witness to someone (unless you’re uncomfortable doing that)
    I’ve made my characters do a lot, I’ve even made them nonChristians, but they come to Christ
    CONT

    1. Great lesson! Btw me and Bethel are siblings. Surprise! Anyways, in the book we are “co-writing” (which means I’ve written the outline and she’s making it shine,) we have God in it, but he has a different name. They have a “Bible” with a different name and they pray to him. You’re right. That is a very important part to add.

    2. Great lesson! That’s very important. Btw Bethel and I are siblings. (I don’t know if my other comment posted.)

  32. Jello-o: That was awesome! Thank you SO much! Keep up the good work 🙂
    Oh, if we haven’t met, you can call me Naomi, or Na10 (but, you could probably tell from my profile name lol). Question, about the HOMEWORK, do we post our homework on here?
    CoolCuz (CC): Nice to meet you! What kind of genre do you like to write?
    Hope you all have a great day!

    1. Sure, if you want to, you can post it here! But if you’d rather not, that’s fine, too! It can just be a good practice for you, if you’d rather not post out here! And, thank you for the encouragement!

  33. Avelia: Welcome to the writer’s page! You can call me Naomi, or Na10. Your Dad’s story sounds super cool! Do you like to write? I like to write action with some heartbreak.
    Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

  34. Jell-O,
    Great lesson!! I’ve written a lot of Character Bibles, but I keep adding to them, just because I think up something else I’d like to remember. Like passions. Putting that in!!

  35. BTW, for anyone that is interested, a program that has made both my writing and my reading better is something called Art of Reading. I think you should check it out. Here is a tip: When writing, stick with one style. If you have your characters’ thoughts in quotes, keep it that way. The readers always catch on to any mistakes you may make.

    1. Another tip: Keep your teams as few as possible. Three at the most. A team by the way, is the main characters’ squad, or it’s all the main characters put together. If you keep the team small, it doesn’t make the readers think too hard about who’s who. If the reader doesn’t have to think too much, they enjoy it. Don’t make it too little either.

  36. Miss Smile,
    I don’t know if the Mods will let a post telling you what website I posted it on will go through or not, so we’ll see. I’ll do these posts separate so that hopefully you’ll get this one. 🙂

    1. If you read the Commenting Guidelines, it says, “Don’t post any copyrighted material, such as song lyrics or book passages.” Since they said nothing about website links, I’m pretty sure you have a go. Although I could be wrong.

  37. Hello everyone do you mind if I join the writer’s page!🙃 I like writing stories I just finished typing one up one my computer I am so glad I finished it!! 🙄😣 it took me forever because I kept forgetting about it.. I am now thinking about writing about some crazy stories that actually happened to me and just funny real stories 😆 but maybe I shouldn’t it will probably take me a long time and I don’t know how to start it!! 😣😦

    1. Anyone can join! You don’t have to ask!
      Hmm… an autobiography (a story about your own life) is something I actually considered doing, too! But I didn’t know how to start, either, so I gave it up. DON’T DO THAT!! One important thing to remember about writing is that every idea is worth a lot of thought. If it won’t work, find a way…

      1. Ahh! The rest of my comment didn’t post! I was saying…
        Try to find a way to make it work before you give up! And as for the beginning, you could look at the beginnings of other biographies and how they start. There are lots of possibilities! If you check out the beginnings of really any other book, you’re sure to get inspiration!

    2. Yeah sure! Anyone can join. Go right ahead! You should post some tips you have learned along the way. This helps us with the stories we are writing as well. Sometimes, a good tip can be the difference between stopping altogether or soldiering on! We all look forward to your future comments and congrats on your finishing your story.

    3. Welcome! Was it your first story? I think that you should write it anyway, even though it might take you a while.
      Tip:
      Write out a bunch (or however many you wan t, a bunch is a lot!😉) of different beginnings, and chose the one you like or mix and match certain parts.
      Hope this helps!😉
      ~Moriah

  38. I have a quick question. I have only given tips so far, but am I able to write my own lessons? Or are there certain people that can and cant? If I can, please tell me what I need to do to start. If I cant, then oh well.

  39. … to make it work before you give up! Anyway, I suggest looking at the beginnings of other biographies to see how they start. You might start like Laura Ingalls Wilder: Once there was a girl named [BLANK] who lived [BLANK] and so on. You could try to start like a fairy tale or introducing yourself in a funny tone, or even start with a thought!

  40. Lesson 1
    Plots
    What is a good plot? That is a question many writers ask themselves. In my opinion, a good plot is not one that adds a lot of twists, or has new characters every other page, but a good plot is a plot that has no unneeded details. A good plot is a plot where nothing can be taken out, and have the same plot. Sometimes in writing,

    1. Cont.
      people think they need some detail in their writing. Something that can be helpful is to write out your plot. Don’t add all the details of the characters, like eye color, hair color, or favorite ice cream flavor. Just add what they do that advances the plot in the right direction. God is constantly doing this with us. He is trying to guide

      1. Cont.
        us in the right direction. All of us aren’t perfect so we stray from the path. In Luke 15:4-7 Jesus tells a story about a shepherd. This man has 100 sheep. In Luke 15:4 Jesus says, “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost,

        1. until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” The shepherd goes after the sheep that has gone astray. This is what we should do when our stories go in a different direction.

          Homework: Write out a plot of your book and take out anything unnecessary, or add it in as an important part later.

          1. I used the ESV bible so, if you use a different translation, then it won’t be exactly the same.

  41. bunny hope: Welcome to the writer’s page! You can call me Naomi or Na10. Congrats on finishing a story! I haven’t write a book yet. I have the same problem with starting to write a book. I finally decided if I am not satisfied with the starting that I should move on with my story and come back to my starting later. I hope your stories go well.

  42. Hello everyone, me again. I need some help. I am writing a story about a family. The family goes on a trip and meets a person. I say person because I don’t know what gender they should be. But anyways, I don’t know what gender I should make this person. I need them to be a kind of ‘Peter Pan’ where they are having a hard time of getting out of

    1. some problems. They constantly live in their, ‘Neverland.’ The family find out that this person has a criminal history. Whatever this person is… the family show them God’s kindness and love and not only does the person become a christian, they become a very rich person, and make their own charity organisation. I just need help with the gender.

      1. So to follow in the footsteps of Eugene Meltsner (if anyone has listened to the album Signed Sealed Committed) I will take a vote. Male or Female. I hope these comments get accepted.

        1. Maybe, if you think about what you want to have this person do in the story, it might help you to figure out their gender. For instance, there are certain things that a boy wouldn’t say!😂 Also, I think that your name is really creative and clever anyway!☺

          1. Thank you! I will keep all of your tips in mind! I am also writing them down to make sure I don’t forget them.

  43. I also need help with a decision. Should I change my screen name? If so, what to? Everyone else has some kind of clever screen name, such as Jell-o, Coolcuz, and Naomianora. I don’t know what I should change it to. I just feel as if my name limits others. If I am the #1 Odyssey fan, then no one else can be.. right? So I just need some help on this

    1. Maybe choose a name that fits your personality: Bubbly & fun, creative & serious, your first name, nickname, or all your names jumbled together! I found out you can add emojis to your name now, so you could do your name with a signature emoji to make it unique? I wanted a colorful name and we were eating lots of Jell-O then, so I went with that!

    2. If you’re planning on changing it, I’d change it to something that describes you, a characteristic. My screen name is my favorite name and (Lord willing) will be the name I publish under. The other screen names I comment/have commented under described a bit about me (e.g. Bookworm) So maybe you could do something like that! 🙂

  44. I would like to congratulate all the staff here, and say thank you for all your help. It is amazing that you would spend your time here helping us. Thank you all AIO staff, and everyone who has joined the Writers Page.

  45. Just because I wasn’t told not to, Lesson 2
    Names and Characters
    When starting out a book, you have to eventually name a character. With my book I’m working with my mom, I named a character Liam. How did I come with such an uncreative name? Well… umm… I looked up ‘Good male names’ on google. But whatever the case, I encourage you, when you cant

    1. Cont.
      figure out a good name, use the resources available to you. Ask a trusted adult, a parent, or even (in most cases for me) google. Character names are very hard to come up with. You can even make your own! An example is Eugene Meltsner. Now I know it may sound crazy with the creative GENIUS in the AIO staff, but they got the idea from driving

      1. down the street. I forget who it was, but he was driving (it may have been Jess Harnell, or someone like that) down the street, and he was a sign that had the word ‘Eugene.’ Then, I forget exactly what happened, but he found the name ‘Meltsner.’ And that’s how everyone’s favorite boy genius was born.

        1. Homework: Reply to this comment and make up some silly name. No judgements, but there is one rule. It has to be SILLY. I don’t know if you mash certain names, or if you just randomly type letters, but it has to be silly! For example: Pooky Harrison. Trebble Cobble. Or Blank Name. Something silly or clever. Well there you go. Have at it!

          1. @#1 Oddesy fan
            Hairy Armpits (comic relief)
            Minutely Annoying ( one of those chariters you wish would just go away)
            To Your Detriment (Evil coniving dude that ultimitly fails)

            (those are probably the most random names i can come up with)

  46. #1 Odyesy Fan,
    1. I would suggest doing whatever gender evens out your characters. For example, if you have a family of a mom, a dad, and two boys, I would suggest a female criminal to balance stuff out. Or, if the characters area already even, pick randomly! Tip: Don’t make them perfectly even, though. CONT.

  47. #1 Oddesy Fan,
    2. That lesson was amazing! The thing I most struggle with in my writing is an original plot. I think I’ll try your homework and see what I come up with! Thanks. 🙂
    3. I think #1 Oddesy Fan works well! I mean, someone could do #1ODYSSEYFAN or something like that and still be relatively different, right?

    1. I guess. That makes sense. If you feel that your plot is to few details, add a few until you feel nice in your plot, though don’t add to much so if you come up with a great detail later, you can add it. Thanks for the complement!

      1. Meaning your homework has been completed, not that you have the best names, although they are all very good.

    1. My personal favorites are:
      Nimble Brownie
      Thomas E Richheard
      Winnard “googlywoogly” Stweards
      Bearde D. Man
      Old Man Richbard
      Sailor B Ship
      And finally
      Sir Bearington Stuffed Cuddles III

      1. Sorry, for some reason, this comment went under here, but I typed it as a reply to Aqarium. Woops! But those are some pretty goofy names! ☺😝

  48. Lesson 3
    The Most Hardest Question

    What is the most hardest question for a writer to ask? What plot should I do? Which idea should I use? Or maybe, “As a christian, what sort of story should I write?” Well, those are all good questions. But I think the hardest question for a writer to ask is, “What is the hardest question to ask?”

    1. Cont.
      You see, the hardest question isn’t one question. It is different for all writers. Certain writers that write about Action Adventure need to ask themselves, “What kind of action adventure should I write?” People who write dramatic stories need to ask themselves, “What kind of drama do I want?” Lets go through a few questions and answer them.

      1. The hardest question for my book currently (My only idea for the title is, ‘The One, The Only”) is, “What kind of character should I make the main character?” You see, the main character is a (Your comments helped a lot and I chose this gender) woman. She does all kinds of espionage. Like Barry Monts (If you listened to the Novacom Saga), she

        1. sells secrets from one company to another company. She does high-tech espionage, which means that she spies on one company and figures out their technological secrets, and then sells THAT to another company. She dabbles with theft, and is the one that the main bad guys dispatch to, well, find out information about special people.

          1. The only problem with her, is that she has a conscience. She is constantly trying to get out of her ‘jobs.’ She hates what she does for a living, and she can’t get out of it because the people she works with will rat on her if she does quit. Now for the question, “What kind of character should I make the main character?” Should I make her a spy who

  49. HI EVERYONE! I am sooo sorry I haven’t put anything on here besides asking if I could join!!😥😣 see what happened was I saved this page when I asked if I could join and it only showed what I said not what you guys said after but now I know you have to find the video the writhers page is on every time to see what everyone else has said😉

    1. That is because it took a while for the moderators to moderate their comments. I just realized that you had put these in before I commented the final part of my lesson, and so the final part came in after your comments, so it can be a little confusing. Just in case you were wondering.

  50. also thank you guys so much for letting me join! 😃😄 and thank you Jell-O and Moriah and Na10 for your tips for the beginning of my funny life stories!!😆 I really needed them and now because of them I might be able to do a beginning for them!!! thank you everyone for the tips you put on here and the lessons they are awesome sauce!!

  51. you guys are all very kind and nice!💖 >w< thank you ! and you can call me bunny if you like or my full name on here! AND I HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT DAY!!😄😄💖💖 Bye for now😁

  52. Cont.
    ends her life of crime? Maybe I should have her become a spy AGAINST her former employers? See, for me the hardest question is “What kind of character should I make the main character?”

    For someone else, what might be a hardest question?

    Homework: Write down the hardest question for you and (if you can) answer it! If you say I can, I will

    1. answer it to the best of my ability. If you say that I can’t, then I wont! If you don’t say anything about It, I will ask. Thanks!

  53. #1 Odyssey Fan: If you are thinking about changing your screen name, I would suggest you change it to something that reminds you of who you are or, what you like. Maybe even something that you like but everyone else thinks is weird. If you like peanut butter crackers, that could be your screen name! Hope this helps!

  54. AQ: Neat names!!! My favorite exotic names I have come up with so far, are Zirenia, Alithien, and Melkizeck.
    They are for my fantasy story. Hope your stories are going well 🙂 Miss.Smile

  55. #1 Odyssey Fan: Thank you so much for the lessons and tips! Keep up the good work.
    Bethel: Just want to say hi! And, hope you are doing well 🙂

    1. I will keep working at all of this. I know it’s a little weird doing ‘lessons’ during summer, but hey, who’s perfect?

  56. Aquarium just signifies my pets. 😛 And it was the first thing that came to mind. But that way, people who love fish, and thus have something in common with me, will know that I like them too! Plus it’s a cool word. 😛 You know what would be cool? Putting one of your silly names there! 😛

    1. okay so i tried to post a poem that i’ve been working on but i didn’t post i will try to post it later, sorry about that i have really bad Internet connection where i live.

      Texas Cowboy

  57. I must admit, I did not make up Namulous Croddle-Norton. It comes from my favorite book, the Wingfeather Saga, but it is on my list of Favorite Exotic Names! 😛

  58. um maybe you can make the main character against her employers that would be interesting 🙃 and the only silly name I can think of for some reason is Jonny junebug lol😂

  59. My fav exotic/made up names are Aidyl (girl; I came up with this one) and Danak (boy; my fav character in a book) And my silly, nonsense name is Ima C Lown 😜

  60. Naomi:
    Hey! How are you doing? I’ve been great! Crazy busy with sewing (4H and an upcoming bday) and writing but it’s been nice. No time to be bored!😜
    Could you keep my step-grandpa in prayer?❤️After his surgery, they found the cancer had made it to the bloodstream so there could be cancer anywhere in his body. He’s doing chemo, just in case

  61. Homework:
    One of the hardest questions to answer for me is going to be about the traitor in my story. By the third book in my series (I have stuff planned out REALLY far…) I’m going to come to the point where I can either change his heart or let him be evil forever. I really love him and I don’t want to let him go… (tbc)

  62. Homework continued
    …I really love him and I don’t want to let him go. However, would bringing him back be clichéd? I’ll already have brought his accomplice back; would bringing him back just be too much?
    My answer is that I think I want to bring him back. God’s Grace stretches immeasurably and I think it’d be a great way to show that.😁

  63. By the way, in case someone was wondering, I don’t put in emojis very often because I am using a laptop. It’s hard to get up the on screen keyboard and it’s really annoying having it pop up every time I want to write something, so I usually keep it off. If I feel as if my comment might be taken the wrong way, I put one in. Just so you guys know!

  64. HOMEWORK:
    Hardest question: How can I make my plot more original?
    Answer: ?
    The basic idea is that nine people team up to defeat the second-highest power in the land, thus fulfilling a prophecy and “preparing the way” for one person to come and fix everything. At the end of the first book, the villain escapes and the nine commit to the quest.

  65. I know that Odyesy Fan #1 already did a fantastic lesson on names and characters, but here is one I remember from S.D. Smith:
    Don’t over stress yourself with names, exotic names are fun, but if it’s a realistic book then it’s better to use normal names. Just use a name you like, even if it isn’t in your top ten. I you name a character a
    Cont.

  66. Sorry, I meant If you name a character.
    Cont.
    If you name a character a normal name like Peter or Kate, maybe it won’t be as exciting as something like Zafinity (I made that one up), but as long as you like it, it’s fine.
    Thank.

  67. Homework:
    Think of the ten names that to you are the best balance of normal, and you like them, you can post it on here, but you don’t have to.

  68. Also, one of the things my brother does to find names is find an adjective that describes the character, and look it up in a different language. Preferably Tolkien elvish.

    1. That’s cool! I should try that! Did you know, J. R. R. Tolkien wrote the entire l mythology for Lord of the Rings and published it? I forget what the book is though

    1. Here’s a hard question:
      Do you think that Christians should write stories with magic in them?
      and another one I often have trouble with:
      How do I make sure that my characters aren’t too perfect? I
      you don’t have to answer all of these if you don’t want to, but thank you!!😉😛

  69. Dose anybody have any good published books? If so, pls tell me there names so I can look for them.
    (by the way my “name” is elvish for “welcome”)

    1. okay so i tried to post a poem that i have been working on but i did not post, i have really bad internet connection where i live. so that is why it did not post i will try again later,

      Texas Cowboy

    2. i tried to post a poem that i’ve been working on but it did not post. i’ll try to re-post it later.

    1. Sorry, if you are talking to me, you will need to add some context. Are you talking about all the silly names all the rest of us have posted??

  70. Can I post a lesson on writing style?
    Lesson
    Style
    Now, when you think about style some people will think 1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person, past, and present. Now, don’t get me wrong, those are important parts of a book, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about whether you go into detail, or whether your very blunt
    Cont.

  71. Cont.
    Or whether you are very blunt with the character. You might talk about their actions while someone else likes to talk about their emotions more. Keep consistency in your writing, because some readers notice everything. Most styles are good, but everyone has a different style. If you start with a certain writing style, then finish
    Cont.

  72. Cont.
    If you start with a certain writing style, then finish with it or change the whole book to a different style.
    Thanks.

    1. We post tips and other helpful things so that others can learn from our experiences. We cannot write what we have written, according to the commenting guidelines, “We love to hear personal stories from fans. However, this is not the place to submit your own fictional stories or to pretend to be a fictional character”

  73. Write now I:
    1. Have written one book, but I didn’t like it so I deleted it. (79 pgs.)
    2. Am in the middle of three books.
    3. Have written three poems.
    4. Have parodied one poem.
    So far, that’s my writing career.

    1. That’s more than I have. I have about twenty-nine (Last counted) unfinished book ideas laying around somewhere, zero finished books (at least I think…), and only one poem.

    2. If I think about it, I can add:
      parodied one song
      finished 3 story books with my cousin
      and have a really good idea once I finish my other thre books XD, very motivating

  74. Lesson 4 Unit 1
    Writer’s Block
    Writer’s Block. The bane for all writers. Writer’s Block is when a writer can’t figure out what to do with the story. Should they take it one way, or the other? It’s a difficult subject, especially when one’s question is dependent on others’ liking the book. I believe the writer who wrote “The War That Saved My Life”

    1. Cont.
      (Kimberly Brubaker Bradley) was asked, “What is your advice to young writers?” She answered with more, but the part we will focus on is, “It takes a long time to get good enough at writing that publishers will by your books, no matter what, so you might as well learn to really enjoy writing first, and then worry about making it a job.”

      1. I have read and reread Kimberly’s book (the one mentioned previously) over and over, trying to figure out how she did it. She wrote a very good book in my opinion. How did she make such a great book right off the bat? This was my answer. She didn’t. It took her (probably) many years to practice. She had to get her writing style done right.

        1. Personally, as a christian, I think that if God has called you to be a writer, then you will be. There are many writers that struggle with Writer’s Block, and I believe that if you do, God is trying to get your attention. Maybe it’s about what kind of characters you are writing about, or your plot, or something like that. But if God has given you a

          1. Cont.
            command, you had better listen. Maybe writing isn’t your job in life, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun writing on your spare time. But don’t misunderstand me. Just because you get Writer’s Block once, or that ONE publishing company didn’t buy your book doesn’t mean you aren’t cut out for writing, it just means that one time

  75. Cont.
    didn’t work out. This is why most book writers try to have their plot and characters lined out way in advance. Instead of just jumping into writing headfirst, they get everything ready. Imagine your favorite thing to do (besides writing). Don’t you have to do SOMETHING to get it all set up? Maybe chores, or turning on the TV before watching,

    1. Cont.
      or something like that. It is also why (most) authors send out their books to many MANY publishing companies. But with no actual published books, I have no clue what the first step would be. For those with Writer’s Block, go to your bible or pray, ask God what you are supposed to do and to give you wisdom, then continue.

      1. Cont.
        Homework

        For homework for those with a/some published book(s), make a step by step process and reply.
        For the rest of us, tell us (if you are comfortable) what are your blocks. This is optional, but what isn’t is telling us how you went to the bible and God, and his answer summarized. No need for details, just something like, “He told me to

        1. Cont.
          change my character.” or “He told me to tweak the original plotline.” or even, “He told me to make this reply.” 😛 Have at it!

          -Odyssey Fan/NachoWasabi

    1. I don’t have any published, but if you’re looking for a good read, I suggest The Bark of the Bog Owl by Jonathan Rogers. It’s super good!

  76. I cant seem to stick to any of the story lines i think of. i write for a while, but then lose interest. any tips?

    1. If it’s a certain scene you’re having trouble with, consider cutting it out or have someone go through it and then later tell another character what happened. (I’ve done this myself) Or try reading it from the beginning. That might rekindle the fire! Hope one of these helps😁

  77. also, i cant seem to lengthen the storys i write to more than a few pages.
    but i guess i should just start making large plot lines on paper so i dont forget them.
    My biggest problem is that i have good ideas that are hard for me to put to paper.

    1. If you can’t naturally write long stories then… don’t write long stories! You might be a short story author! You could write one/two page stories like Aesop, you could write five or six page stories, you could write eight page stories! A If you decide to write short stories, I suggest you try not to make them too complex.

  78. Hardest question:
    How do I make sure that my characters aren’t too perfect? I
    you don’t have to answer all of these if you don’t want to, but thank you!!😉😛

  79. Right now I have:

    1. Written the first draft of a 200 page novel, and started the second draft.
    2. Written one short story that I actually finished (surprise!) 😛
    3. Started a gazillion stories
    4. Brainstormed ideas for co-writing a book witha friend
    5. Joined the writing page! 😛

  80. I just want to wish everyone a HAPPY 4th OF JULY!!!!!! I am posting this a day early so hopefully you will see it in time for tomorrow. God bless everyone! And, God bless the USA!

  81. NachoWasabi: Love the new name!!! Great choice!
    Bethel: I am doing ok. Please pray that I will be able to help serve my church this week. Me and my Mom have been mildly sick on and of and we are praying that we don’t have covid 19. Hope you are doing well and that your family is safe and healthy.

    1. You and your mom are in my prayers. If it is Covid, you might want to check your breathing. If you are having a hard time breathing, it’s probably Covid. Me and my family all got major headaches (around 103 each) and it lasted for only a while. My Grandpa thinks it might have been covid, but we don’t know.

  82. Bethel: I will definitely keep your step-grandpa in my prayers! So sorry my friend. I will be praying. Let me know if I can help in any other way. Glad you are doing well 🙂

  83. PennyBasset: Don’t believe we have met yet, my name is Naomi (or Na10, hence the screen name lol). Welcome to the writer’s page! What kind of genre do you like write? Hope you have a great 4th!
    See everyone later!

  84. AQ: LOL I love the way you worded your writing accomplishments! CONGRATS on finishing a story!!!! 🙂
    I have only finished short stories for school assignments. But, I have started a lot of different stories and, brian stormed (day dreamed) a million story ideas and plots. I wish you the best in finishing your drafts! God bless!
    Miss Smile 🙂

  85. TO EVERYONE: I had this idea that I think will help all of us start to sit down and write on a normal basis. I have this problem of thinking all day about a story that I’m dying to write and then at the end of day, what happens..? nothing.
    I have heard other writers on here say they struggle with this too so, I have an idea that I will post below

  86. TO EVERYONE: I believe in order to become a successful writer, you need to write on a normal basis. But, this is really hard to do. I think the problem for me is I am afraid to write because I am afraid my writing won’t be as perfect as my idea may seem to me in my mind. So, what I believe we need, is for us to cheer each other on. TBC

  87. TO EVERYONE: There is power when people join together. I think we should schedule a week or month, when everyone on here will sit down once a day and write part of a draft or story. How long we need to write can be left for us to decide for ourselves. I now we all have different life schedules. This will motivate me a ton! TBC

  88. TO EVERYONE: And, we can know we are doing this as a team. We can also check up on each other and see how our our writings are going. And, if we come across problems or questions while writing, we can ask each other for advice. For me, I have the problem of talking to much about when I am going to write, that I never really write. TBC

  89. TO EVERYONE: This way we will be writing as a team, we will have a designated time in which will need to write. Checking up on each other will help keep us accountable. Now, if you think I’m saying that we are need to start writing chapters within a day, that is not at all what I am saying. We all can decide for ourselves how much we will write.TBC

  90. TO EVERYONE: I hope this will help all of us start to write on a normal basis. Now, if we miss a day or two, that is totally fine. The main idea I want is for myself to start writing on a normal basis and, that we will be a writing team. Now, if you all think this idea is crazy, please feel free to say so. Let me know what you think. God bless!

    1. Miss Smile,
      Let’s do it! Mind if I add on? If you’re on here every day, post how many pages or paragraphs or words or whatever you got written, so that we can cheer you on better. Is that a good idea? I’m for this.

    2. Sounds cool, but there’s a rule against writing lengthy stories on this website. So I don’t think that that would be allowed, but who knows?

    3. Sry I wasn’t on here earlier, but that sounds like a great idea! Right now I’m mostly editing through me and Bethel’s book, but I’ll try to do this!

  91. Naomi:
    I will definitely be praying! And thx so much for your prayers; it means a lot.❤️
    Miss you on the club!

  92. So far my writing career has been:
    -Finished a 2nd draft of a 170 page book (gonna start draft 3 ASAP)
    -Cowritten 2 plays
    -Been a part of a few role plays
    -Written some (not great) poetry
    -Thought up 3 sequels (haha)
    -Working on 4 books on the side (I’m an overachiever)
    -Editing and giving feedback on 1 book
    Final word is I’m… uhh… motivated😂

    1. Hope it doesn’t seem like I’m bragging😬I just get a lot of ideas and then take off running with them… I’m slowly learning to focus on one in particular

  93. Lesson… aw who cares what lesson it is
    Mistakes
    The next hurdle to jump through are mistakes. In fact, I made quite the mistake in my book earlier. I had a character say that something was happening at 6 PM, but then it was 7:30 PM and it still had not happened. I could have made it so everyone was late or something, but I decided that it wasn’t

    1. Cont.
      necessary. The hardest part about writing is having all these great ideas, but not being able to write half of them because they contradict something in your book. In fact, I know a writer who published her own book by herself, and it took her about half a YEAR to correct all the mistakes she could find. It was quite interesting watching her

      1. Cont.
        because she was a perfectionist. Every mistake was fixed. I forgot the name of the book and I don’t think she would feel comfortable for me sharing her name, so I won’t share either. I know that it will be frustrating, so I write down most of my ideas in a page for the book. I set up a folder with this page and the book, and all my ideas can

        1. Cont.
          looked at by myself only, and I figure out which ideas can and cannot be inputed later as either a twist, or a detail. Mistakes are also very hard to find. At least some of them. You have to pay attention to EVERY detail in the book. In a book called Greystone Secrets, The Deceivers, a character that is named missing, is suddenly right next

          1. Cont.
            to the main character. The character that was missing is named Natalie, and the main character is Finn. Natalie just went out the door, and then Finn thinks about how much he likes his older brother and NATALIE sitting next to him, instead of his older sister, Emma, who had just sat down next to him. Difficult mistakes like this one are

  94. Cont.
    sneaky. I would suggest looking over mistakes every time you finish a new chapter or page.

    HOMEWORK: Write a mistake (It doesn’t have to be a real one in your books) such as “BLANK sat down. BLANK then walked across the room to do something. This kind of mistake is easy, but it is a mistake. EXTRA CREDIT: Name how BLANK’s predicament can be

    1. corrected along with your own example of a mistake. Remember you can just make a mistake right off the spot, or use one you have already used in a book. It doesn’t matter which.

  95. Bethel: Thank you for your opinion! We’ll see what the other writers on here have to say. And, thank you SO much for your prayers! I really want to serve my church this week. And, if there is anything else I can pray for you about, please let me know. I am so sorry about your step-Grandpa. I miss seeing you and the other girls on the club too!

    1. This may give you inspiration, but I carve crosses for my church. Maybe, since you are a GREAT writer, you could ask the pastor if you could do something with that, such as write out a lesson for kids, or other such great writing techniques. Remember God has his Davids, and God has his Moses’.

  96. NachoWasabi: Thank you for your opinion! I’ll wait and see what the other writers have to say about my idea. Hope everyone has a great night!

    1. Your welcome! To explain what I said earlier, David was a king, that started as a boy. He did great things. Moses did great things, but he wasn’t as important as some king. Be content with whatever God gives you to do. “Do everything without grumbling and complaining.” I think that’s in 1 Corinthians somewhere.

  97. NachoWasabi: You did a great lesson!
    Moriah: Do you have an opinion for my idea that a posted to everyone here on the writer’s page? If not, I understand. Hope you all have a terrific evening!

  98. Cont.
    thanks to those who came up with the writer’s page. It has been a real inspiration for me and a place where I can feel accepted by kids. This is new for me, and I hope I haven’t overstepped my bounds. Thank you one and all. It has, and hopefully will continue to be, a great pleasure serving and being served by all of you. Thanks.
    ~NachoWasabi

  99. Na10, I forgot to tell you, the genre I like to write is Fantasy Fiction, or *Animal’s life.

    *If that is a genre.

  100. Anybody want an editor? No this is not an ad, I have a older writer working on one of my books and it’s really helpful! She has finished 3 full books (not published), and is older. I look up to her because she is already better than me at writing. Look up to those superior to you in writing. Maybe a friend, or someone in you church.

  101. MONDAY!!! MUHAHAHAHA!
    POP QUIZ
    Question 1.
    Quote ONE mistake from a book that you have read

    Question 2
    Write a fake passage about George and his dog. Explain the plotline afterwards

    Question 3
    Make up a character, and explain the character’s personality traits, physical traits, and favorite things

    EXTRA CREDIT:
    Without peeking, what was my

    1. Cont.
      ORIGINAL username? It must be exact.
      There is no RIGHT answer to any of these question except the extra credit. This is mainly to just help me get to know your insights into writing to figure out what my next lesson should be about.

      1. No offense, but guessing your user name has nothing to do with writing. And since we’re not grading the homework, there is no need for extra credit. The homework is simply to get people to think, to be creative in their own stories, and practice exercising the writing tips that the lesson writer introduces, but it’s not exactly like real school.

  102. My bad guy’s name is Sir Rundall, and I wrote a Rundall’s acquaintances chart. For instance:
    Sir Rundall: Dashing, deceptive.
    …: Trusting, son.
    …: Suspicious, nephew,
    …: Suspicious, acquaintance.
    …: Trusting, acquaintances.
    …: Trusting, sister and brother in-law
    That might help anybody remember characters.

    1. That’s a good idea! I think I’ll try that for the book I’m writing, and the books that I’m planning to write.

  103. 1. There was a series I read, and the first book I read was a Newbery Medal Winner, but the next one confused two names, I forgot the name of the series though…
    2. George and his dog went on a walk, three dogs barked at them. They kept on walking, and every dog on the street, which was a lot, barked at them as they walked. When they got
    Cont.

  104. Cont.
    Home, they found out why, a cat was hovering on a hover board above them*.
    *This is just a silly few sentences, not my typical writing.
    3. Character: Zafinity
    Personality Traits: Tends to bite her finger nails. Likes … .Had a nemesis: …., and then he was replaced …, who was a lot worse. Has her clothes, and one other possesion.
    Cont.

  105. Cont.
    Favorite things: Living by herself, she’s kind of independent. Remembering her best friend. Arguing, she loves a good debate.
    Extra Credit: Oddesy Fan #1?
    Thanks

    1. Nice, got everything EXCEPT the last one… the #1 goes first. ‘#1 Odyssey Fan.’ is the exact way… half credit?

      1. Sorry, now I misspelled it “#1 Oddesy Fan” is the exact copy. It is the first reply to the first comment if you wish to spellcheck.

  106. AQ:Thank you for your opinion! And, I like the idea you suggested. Only, we can only post 500 characters on here at a time. It might just take a lot of space on here if we try to post everything we have written. But, I like the idea of sharing our writings. Maybe we could share little sections of our writings. Let me know what you think. Ms.Smile

  107. PennyBasset: Nice to meet you! I like to write a little fantasy fiction too! And, I think animal life definitely counts! Nice suggestion about looking up to people for help. It is a great reminder to me. Are you working on any books currently? Have a great night!

  108. NachoWasabi: I haven’t posted any of my comments at 3:06am 🙂 I am long gone asleep by that time. I do know everyone has different time zones lol. And, I love how you said “God has his Davids, and God has his Moses’ “.Thank you! That is a great reminder. Hope everyone has a great night!

  109. TO EVERYONE: If no one is in objection, I would like to try my idea in a week. That would be July 20, 2020. I will would love to hear if anyone else has some suggestions to add to my idea. However, I don’t want anyone to feel pressured that they have to write everyday. You all can decide if you want to try my idea or not. TBC

  110. TO EVERYONE: And, after the week trial if you feel this is too much to write, please feel free to speak up. I want us to become a writing team. The best teams are the ones that are honest, and the ones that work through trials together. This is just an idea I had and want to try. If it doesn’t work out, well we’ll have a week of writing done. TBC

  111. Also, we don’t have to write on Sunday (I know most of us are busy that day). But, if you want to that is totally fine. So, next week from Monday-Saturday we will write once a day. Then, I hope we can check in on each other that night or, the next morning. I thought our sluggon could be “Writing to improve, encourage, and team up”. TBC

  112. If anyone else has ideas, feel free to share 🙂 If you are in agreement and want to join, post this text “In for encouragement” (or, you could just say “I’m in) 🙂 If next week (July 20-18) works, we can try for a longer time period. God bless everyone! Hope you all have a great night!

  113. Okay, I think the writers on here are:
    CoolCuz
    Jell-O
    WWIININJA
    Moriah
    Bethel
    PennyBasset, me
    NachoWasabi
    NaomiorNa10
    Texas Cowboy
    bunny hope
    Aquarium
    Suilad
    Tell me if I’m wrong!

  114. PennyBasset: I see a few people I recognize, but I don’t know everyone.
    NaomiorNa10: I see that you wrote ‘Sluggon’ I think you meant ‘Slogan’ meaning a brief phrase meant to advertise something. Sluggon means… well nothing actually. I can’t do from 12-2 because I am usually doing school during then (Parents making me keep going) but any time

    1. Cont.
      after 2 should work. I know that 3-4 would be the best time for me, just so you know. I also think that the idea is great! If we are writing stories though, I don’t think the people will allow that. “This is not the place to submit your own fictional stories” to quote the guidelines.

      1. But if everything works out, “In for encouragement!” Or maybe, “We mix encouragement into our ink.” or something like that.

  115. Bethel: That’s a problem I suffered with for a while, needing to focus on one thing. I learned to focus on one too much by making myself a checklist that I had to follow TO THE LETTER. So maybe if you wrote up a checklist that wasn’t so strict, that might help?? Maybe?

      1. No problem. Not a hard thing to do, but checklists always help me when my brain is bouncing around (Mostly that’s after I have my coffee).

  116. Hey y’all! I totally forgot we had a writing page until I saw link from other podcast. I came on and theres like 300 something comments! Can I be a part of it again? I have been soo busy staffing church camps.

  117. NachoWasabi: Thank you! I meant ‘Slogan’ 🙂 I had mentioned before that we don’t have to write at a specific time together (I know we all have school). Everyone can decide for themselves when they will write each day. And, I don’t want us to post our stories on here. There isn’t enough room and I don’t think it is allowed. Glad you will be joining!

  118. Bethel: Glad you are in!
    Country girl: Glad you are back! I think we met, you can call me Naomi or Na10 (hence the screen name 🙂 )
    If you roll up, I posted an idea I have for us writers on here. I would love for you to join, if you can. I posted it “TO EVERYONE”.

  119. Moriah: Hey! I don’t know if we ever met. If not, you can call me Naomi or Na10 (though, you could probably tell from my screen name lol). Do you have any objections to my idea? I would love it if you can join. Though, I totally understand if you can’t.

  120. Hello!!! I have been super busy and I haven’t commented in ages…..
    My writing accomplishments:
    well over 60 stories (none of them very long)
    an assortment of non rhyming poems
    a play that I needed for one of my stories
    85000 story ideas that never actually got onto paper… :-/
    LOL! Ive been writing since I was six years old.
    -CC

    1. Coolio. I have a list of times that could work for everyone… I’ll put you in at 2-3. That sound Okay?
      :To All Writers: This organization thing is only something that works for writers. If you want to be a writer, just reply to this. Tell me what times work best for you. If there are any objections, please put them in. Any questions, go ahead!

      1. I have such a random work schedule, late at night works best for me. So probably 9:00-10:00pm for me, or 9:30-10:00pm. 🙂

  121. I wonder, is there only so many replies that can be posted on a page? Does anyone know the answer to this?

  122. NachoWasabi:Thank you so much for being willing to help! After each day that we write on our own, I want us to meet on here and discuss how our writings went. If needed, we could do every other day. If you could lead it at the end of each day by asking how everyone’s writings went, that would be a huge help! If you can’t, I totally understand.

    1. That should work! I would need to set a few things aside, but that’s of no consequence. So what time do you think I should ask… 10:00 my time?

      1. Wait, scratch that. I saw you said at the ‘end of the day’ and I forgot that 10 PM is my bedtime… how about 7:00? If not, 9:00 PM should work.

  123. CoolCuz: Glad you’re back! I understand you getting busy, I have been a little busy too. I don’t know if you saw, but I posted an idea I have for all the writers on here. If you roll up, you should see I posted it “TO EVERYONE”. I would love for you join if you can. Have a great night!

  124. AQ: SO glad you are in! I was wondering if you would be willing to help me out? After the end of each day that we write on our own, I am hoping everyone will be able to meet on here to discuss how their writings went. I was wondering if you could be available to answer any questions we might have? If not, I totally understand. Miss.Smile 🙂

  125. I don’t really understand this idea. So, we have assigned times we have to write? I don’t get it. People are posting so many things, I’m getting confused. No time before 3:00 pm will work for me, and no time after 5:00 pm. But I haven’t said I’m in yet, still need to sort it out. Please someone explain what exactly I have to do every day?

    1. Naomi’s idea is that I ask how our writings went every day, because she says that whoever wants to, will write every day. My idea is, since everyone is just posting lessons willy nilly and it gets confusing, to assign times that you can post lessons.

  126. Nachowasabi, I would love to do that writing thing but I don’t think I can use a lot of time on it right now. MY summer is really busy. Sorry.

    1. MY idea is to organize the lessons. If you want to write lessons, you can, but you don’t have to. Naomi’s idea is to write every day, and I will ask how everyone’s writing went.

  127. Miss Smile,
    I can certainly try! I probably won’t be on Wednesday night, but I should be there Monday-Saturday. 🙂 Thx for asking me, that makes me feel so honored. 🙂

  128. NaomiorNa10: I don’t know if I will be able to do stuff from tomorrow till monday because I’m out. I can bring my laptop, but I might be too busy to do that. And since I’m writing my lessons (Since tuesday next week) at 3-4, I could ask how everyone’s writings went then. That would be best.

    1. NaomiorNa10: Last question, when should I start? Next Tuesday? I mean, I won’t be available on Monday, me being out and about doing personal stuff, but Tuesday should work just fine. If you need me to do it earlier, I can try, but I can’t guarantee that I can do it earlier than Tuesday.

  129. sorry I haven’t put anything on here in a while 😅 and hopefully this wont sound rude but what’s going on are do we have homework to do or something.. I guess ill just have to read all the comments which is going to take a while lol oh well

  130. NachoWasabi: The list of times you are collecting are for when we write our lessons, right? Just want to make sure 🙂 Also, I understand you are going to be busy. If you need to start on July 28 (should be next Tuesday), that would be great! I can try to get this week covered. Thank you! And, enjoy your trip 🙂

  131. AQ: Thank you! I understand you can’t on Wednesday, that is totally fine. Thank you for letting me know. Hope you have a great night!b 🙂 Miss.Smile

  132. Jell-O: Hey! If we haven’t met you can call me Naomi or Na10 but, you could probably tell that from my screen name). I believe NachoWasabi is assigning times for when we can post our lessons on here, that is what all the times are about (Hopefully I am right about this, I am going to clarify). Part 1 of my explanation

  133. Jell-O: Also, I suggested that all us writers on here should try to start writing everyday and then at the end of each day talk on here about how our writings went. This way, we can sharpen our writing skills as we encourage each other on. We can also ask each other any questions we may have. It is starting July 20. Hope this helps. Part 2/2

  134. Bunny Hope: Welcome back! There are two major events that are happening. I just tried to explain them to Jell-O, if you want to read what I posted hopefully it will help explain things a bit 🙂 Have a great weekend! 🙂

  135. NaomiorNa10: Maybe if we got a different podcast for your idea… It’s only an idea, since this page is getting so crazy. I’ll leave that up to you boss!

  136. TO EVERYONE:
    This is what I’ve gathered from the comments about what we’re doing:
    1) Every day (Monday—Saturday) of next week those of us who’ve agreed to are going to sit down sometime during the day and write
    2) Later, we’ll come on here to say how much we wrote, talk about problems we’ve run into and encourage each other
    (TBC)

  137. (TO EVERYONE continued)
    3) AQ and NachoWasabi will be on in the evening to give advise and answer questions

    Is that correct? Or do I have some things wrong?

  138. So let me get this straight: every day, we’ll sit down to write, then check up here to tell everyone how it went and get encouragement, while helping others?

  139. I don’t understand this writing at certain times every day thing; could someone please explain to me what to do?
    Oh well, I’ll just write every day anyway, and I suppose it doesn’t matter what time I do it or if it is “scheduled.”

  140. Jell-O,
    So we’re going to write every day for however much time we want. We’re going to post our stats on here afterward. So, we could post the number of words that we’ve written, however many pages, or just how long we wrote. We’re going to encourage each other and hopefully get a lot of writing done. 🙂

  141. I did a writing conference with my writing team (my best friend, another good friend/illustrator, and her little brother) today for an hour. Does that count as writing? 😛 I’ll write tonight. 🙂

  142. Green Ember page:
    Redefinig Bridget With Actress Keely Marshall
    I can’t do links, so you’ll have to find the page, sorry.

  143. They don’t ask for your website or email anymore, I wonder why? Also, you don’t see a preview of your comment and you can’t save your name. What?

  144. I understand now, but I’m a day late! Is it okay if I join next week, too?

    @NACHOWASABI
    So ARE the lists of time for the lessons? It’s not really necessary. We just need a week-schedule with assigned days. I can do Mondays!

  145. July 21:
    I did:
    Pages: 2
    Words: 256
    Characters: 1455
    Characters excluding spaces: 1180
    Time: 40 min.
    I’m a lot less productive than some other people.

  146. Hey everyone! So I know it has been a little crazy on here. For those of you who are already trying my idea, you can continue if you want and I will be as well. However, maybe we should officially start next week(July 27) for those of us who are still trying to figure everything out. TBC

  147. Also, once everyone gets our ideas figured out, I think we should follow NachoWasabi’s great suggestion and all of us who are going to do my idea, should switch to a different podcast. I am thinking the one about the next album (Best Kept Secrets). Let me know what you all think. Please feel free to share your honest opinion. God bless!

  148. Oops, Just realized the podcast about the nest album (Best Kept Secrets) is the wingfeather saga fan page! Maybe the podcast from July 17, can work. We can figure it out later. Just let me know your ideas if you all want to continue my idea but go somewhere else when we start. God bless everyone!

  149. Na10:
    I agree, it would be better to start Next week, but why Saturday? They don’t post comments on Saturday. I think Monday would be better— the unofficial start of a new week, etc. I agree we should do it on a different page.

  150. Could anyone who wants to post lessons please reply to this comment with what day out the week would work best for them? Mondays jus best for me. How about everyone else?

  151. Oh I understand what’s happening now lol I think it’s a cool idea! I need to write every day anyway but do you think I do ! No of course I don’t I always get distracted 😩 but I’m doing a little better now lol😂

  152. Yes, let’s start August 1st so everyone can get their act together and be ready. 🙂 And maybe we should do it on another podcast. July 17th works for me (podcast number). 🙂

  153. CoolCuz: Great suggestion! So, we will officially start August 1st. For those of us who already started to try my idea, that is great, you got in some practice time.Once everyone understands more or less the plan of our idea, I hope for us to move over to the podcast that was released on June 17. Let me know if this is ok with everyone. God bless!

  154. NaomiorNa10: I haven’t been told when I should start asking how everyone’s writing has been. I will start on August 1st since that seems to be when everyone else is starting.
    “TO EVERYONE” I only have a few people willing to write their lessons. We are moving the start date to August 1st. I think this podcast should be fore lessons and the otherN

  155. (Oops no N)
    Cont.
    should be for asking how everyone’s writing has been. Just an idea… Maybe we should have another for (and I quote) “uplifting conversation” -John Avery Whittaker

    1. This should be for lessons, homework, questions, ideas, and anything related to writing excepting Na10’s idea. I don’t know what you mean by “uplifting conversation”. If it doesn’t have to do with writing, it should probably not be on this page.

  156. NachoWasabi: You are right, you don’t need to ask people how their writings are going until August st. Also, we will be moving this idea to the podcast that was released on June 17.So, if you are willing, that is where you will need to ask people how their writings are going. That is also where we will be having our “uplifting conversations” lol

  157. Nacho Wasabi:
    I am trying to make a schedule for writing lessons. My idea is each person wanting to write lessons has an assigned day of the week on which they post a writing lesson for the writers page. Is that okay with you? It will help make sure people don’t post multiple lessons on the same day. What day(s) of the week would work best for you?

    1. An assigned day sounds good! I was just writing down times so that we could do it any day we wanted… Umm… Maybe any weekday would work… I would need to work any time past 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM. So just set me down at that time.

  158. NachoWasabi,
    Sorry, I can’t do lessons! I’m struggling with keeping up with the crazy life I suddenly got (work, book opportunities, writing team, hobbies, friends, youth group, etc.) and I can’t ever think of anything to teach anyhow. But I’ll still read them!!

    1. No prob! Jell-O had a better idea, so just talk to him about it. Everyone’s life is busy, just some might be more busy than others. Whatever works for you!

  159. Hey everyone! How are you all? I am looking forward to August 1st! Just to remind everyone, it will be at the podcast released on June 17, 2020: From the hallways at Focus on the Family to the microphones of Adventures in Odyssey.

  160. Also, since the Mods don’t post our comments on Sunday, we probably won’t be able to see our comment until the next day or, maybe even Monday. But, we can still go ahead and write that day and, send our comments (even if we won’t see them for a little while. Is everyone good with this?

  161. FUN FACT! Did you know that John Avery Whittaker is actually a king? In the episode An Act of Nobility in the album It All Started When… (#13), there is a story about a man who looks like a prince about to be crowned king. To make a long story short, he saves the price/king’s life and the king gives him a pocket watch. What gives it away that it

  162. Cont.
    IS Mr.Whittaker is that the pocket watch has a little tune. The king commands Mr.Whittaker to open it to hear the tune. At the end of the episode, Mr.Whittaker opens his pocket watch, and the tune is played. Now this could mean that an ancestor could be king, but I don’t think so. Now, since Mr. Whittaker only FAKED being the king, how does

  163. Cont.
    this mean he is a king? Well, in places such as these with royalty, the man that steps up to make the vows is the king! Any doppelgangers need to get RID of the king to fake being the king. Now why do I think it WAS Mr.Whittaker? Well, the story states that the man who faked being king was doing studying. That sounds like Mr.Whittaker to me!

  164. Okay, now that that’s over. If we are using another podcast to do lessons, I think this should be our “Uplifting Conversation” place. Now I mean this should be the place that we… just… talk… you know? Just an idea! If anyone else has any ideas, then reply to this please!

    1. No! We are not using another page to post lessons. THIS is the WRITERS PAGE, and this is where we post the writing lessons. The ONLY thing that is moving to another page is NaomiorNa10’s idea, and that is the place for our writing stats etc. and to offer encouragement. This is STILLL the writers page, where we will post lessons and write homework.

  165. Last week I was doing some filing at an insurance office, and you wouldn’t believe some of the crazy last names I saw! Like Boring, Strange, and Stuff!? Can you imagine having last names like that? There was even a Whitaker and Nicodemus. But I found some cool/interesting ones too, and now I know where to go if I ever need a last name for a story!

    1. Hi! This is just a place where people who like writing get together to offer tips, suggestions, and chat about writing! Feel free to join, or if you don’t write, welcome to the podcast!

      1. This is not where we talk. This is the Writer’s page. We haven’t agreed on making this a regular chat page. We post lessons and homework on here.

      2. Thanks for the compliment I meant to go by ConnieKnedall10 but I clicked post too soon. Also thanks for the
        advice!

  166. I feel like that page should only be the idea, please? Can we just go back to where we were, that was nice! What I’m trying to say is that I want the lessons on this page.

  167. Hello everyone, unfortunately, we are having to delete a number of posts to this page because of unkind words. We’d like to take a few moments to remind everyone of the guidelines. While you are welcome to encourage themes of conversations on certain pages you are not allowed to “claim” any of the pages for your own chats.

    1. Con’t – You may not request people leave a chat or be rude if they are not talking about the theme you have chosen. We want this to be a welcoming place for all posters and will not approve comments that are excluding others from a page. Please be kind in your posts even when disagreeing. We want this to be a fun place for all!

      1. If you haven’t read the posting guidelines before, please read through them before commenting on this page. They are directly below the comment box. We enjoy having this space and hope that you do too! Please help us keep it a welcoming place for all Adventures in Odyssey fans.

    1. I am needing inspiration, and I haven’t written yet this week. . .sorry! Do you have any tips for finding inspiration? Thanks!!☺

      1. I wrote a lesson on the other page on just this thing!! Try reading other books, or using something that happened to you. If you are writing a comedy book, exaggerate something that happened to you. Suffice it to say, fit whatever you use for inspiration to suit your book! Hope this helped!

  168. Moderator: Thank you for the reminder and keeping this website safe and welcoming to all. I know you all do a lot for us and I really appreciate it! 🙂 I’ll read through the guidelines and try my best to follow them. God bless you all!

  169. Moriah:
    You could try taking a fairy tale and placing it in another setting or adding an unexpected twist. What would happen if Beauty and the Beast happened in our world today? Or if the witch who’d enchanted the prince and turned him into a beast in the first place tried to keep Beauty from reversing the spell? Just an idea🙃

  170. I am going to start re-posting lessons from the previous season of the writer’s page every day (hopefully) starting tomorrow (until we’re all caught up)! Most of these lessons were originally written by Coolcuz. I just wanted to know, are there any objections to my editing them (cutting out unneeded words/sentences for clarity & conciseness’ sake)?

    1. I don’t know what CoolCuz would say, but I am fine with it. I probably wouldn’t count because I didn’t write any of the lessons sense I am so new.

  171. I am reading the Anne (of Green Gables etc.) series. It’s SO good! L.M. Montgomery is a really good author.

  172. Yeah, I haven’t seen COOLCUZ on here lately or I would ask her. I won’t change anything without her permission, though. The only real reason I would would be to make it shorter and clearer (so it won’t take up so many comments!)

  173. Yes! Tolkien is amazing! He has the incredible gift of giving a lot of detail without boring you to death. And, he still makes his stories amazing and unexpected. His imagination I have always admired (especially for a girl that day dreams way too much during school hours😂).

  174. In my opinion, Tolkien was the greatest fantasy writer ever. He created languages, he created dwarf runes, he created races, he created unforgettable characters, he mapped out the beginning of his world, etc. He created a universe! I don’t think anyone else has ever done quite what he did. He was a master!

    Go LOTR!!!!!

  175. Sorry guys, I’ve been on Vacation.
    Lesson 2
    The power of a writer
    This lesson will be short. The power of the writer is one of creating a whole new world. You are not God, but you use the imagination that God has given you to create a world just like God did. Essentially, when we write, we are acting like our heavenly father.
    NO HOMEWORK!!

  176. This is the first lesson ever posted on the original writer’s page by COOLCUZ on June 10th, 2019.
    “LESSON ONE:
    I’m discussing first the way you introduce your characters into your story. How do you personally do that? Do you write out a whole page of explanations or do you do something different? I’m going to give you two examples …
    Cont.

  177. Cont.
    “… of how you could introduce your characters. This first one is the one I personally prefer to do. I do it on the page before my first chapter and do something like this:
    Start with the main character in your story. (The following names and information are entirely fictional.)
    Character’s name: What the character looks like: …
    Cont.

  178. Cont.
    … How old the character is: Some facts about your character:
    Repeat this until you have all your characters down. Be sure to leave room for any last-minute characters you wish to add. Here’s an example:
    Addie Rushet: a freckled face, blue eyed girl with blond hair. She is seven years old and loves to play with her dolls.

    Cont.

  179. Cont.
    … Or you could begin a story like this:
    – “Good morning, Frances!” cried Marge excitedly. “Tell me, how was your trip to San Antonio?”
    Marge Chawgain was talking to her best friend, Frances Due. Marge had beautiful, silky brown hair and honey colored eyes. She was a freshman in high school and was also the best cheerleader.

    Cont.

  180. example, Cont.
    “Fine,” answered the raven-haired Frances indifferently. –
    Either way is a good way to start your story, but never start a story without explaining it. A good story needs a good start. Remember that. I judge a book by the first few pages. If it doesn’t interest me, I don’t finish it. A good start helps the story flow smoothly.
    Cont

  181. Cont.
    “TIP TIME:
    When I write, I try to do it on single pieces of paper, that way, if I really mess up, I can just toss on page instead of ruining my notebook. Once I’ve written it, I’ll copy it into my notebooks.
    (Please remember this is my first post so it may be a little rough. Sorry!) Any questions?
    -CC”

    [This is the end of the lesson]

  182. Hi, this is Jell-O now!
    @Coolcuz
    So, it’s okay with you if I keep posting old lessons? You wrote most of them, and then I have a couple that I wrote and a few that Bookworm/Bethel wrote. If so, then I’ll post them chronologically.

  183. Hi guys! I haven’t been on in several months I think. I’ve been furiously writing the first draft of one of my books. My dad said if I finished it by September, he’d get me a new bike! (The old one is way to small for me) I’m not quite done yet, but I think I will be.

  184. Dear Students,
    I, NachoWasabi, will actually be starting by using units. First, we will study the beginning, middle, and end of a book. During this time, we will also study the Hero’s Journey, Plot, Characters, Setting, and why we write. Second unit will be all about keeping the reader’s attention. The third will be about writing between the lines.

  185. CONT.
    By the end of the whole thing, we will have written our own book/short story each! Remember, the homework is optional, but that is how you will be writing the assigned book. I will probably have you write a couple pages or X amount of words. Here’s the first lesson!

  186. CONT.
    Well, in the beginning, we introduce the key players of the novel, start the foundation that will later become the plot, and ‘hook’ the reader’s attention. Why is it so important to ‘hook’ the reader? Well, if you started a story with, “The trouble began…” that would seem more interesting than, “It started at…” This has the reader wanting

  187. CONT.
    more.
    We also have to start the plot. The plot (If you didn’t already know) is what is going on. My plot could be about a girl who eventually becomes the president of the US, but what happens to get her to that point is the plot.
    The final thing we need to do is introduce the characters. We can’t have a story without have something/someone

  188. CONT.
    live it. George Orwell’s, “Animal Farm” has animals running, and living in, a farm. He writes this book to show people the dangers of rebelling. It could lead from one oppressor, to another. Then again… maybe not. The character’s need to have flaws, weather physical, mental, or emotional. Your character could be short, or could be crippled.

  189. CONT.
    Not saying that people with those things are worthless or anything, but the characters need to be able to fix something. Now the rest is basically up to you. Do you want to make a story where the character realizes that their ‘problem’ isn’t that much of a problem (SHORT by Holly Goldberg Sloan)? Or do you want them to fix their ‘problem’

  190. CONT.
    (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick R. Riordan)?

    HOMEWORK: Write the first chapter of the book. Make the chapter 900-1,000 words or more. Try using something that has word count such as Word or Google Docs, and don’t worry, 1,000 words will seem to few when all’s said and done. Be sure to respond with any questions.

    1. Wait a minute… what? So… we have to write an “assigned” book? And we have to make the chapters the length that you post in your lessons? I mean, I get that it’s good to set word count goals, but what if we are already writing a couple stories and don’t have the time/inspiration to write another one?

    2. Cont’d:
      I mean, it’s a good idea to do lessons in units from the beginning to the end, and to be writing a story along with it, but I don’t often write a thousand-word chapter a day in my stories. Sometimes it’s only one page! Plus I just don’t have any ideas for a new story, and frankly, I don’t have the time. 😕

    3. Quick question:
      Idk if you were already planning this, but could you post one lesson a week? Idk how many of us could write a chapter per day, and it might get kinda stressful. I know I won’t be able to do one a day, as I don’t have a lot of spare time right now with school and helping my family. (There’s a new baby in my house so we’re busy🙂)

          1. It’s okay, I understand! I’m so happy for you! It’s always so exciting to get a new brother or sister!

  191. Let me just say thank you for doing these lessons, everyone has put so much hard work into them! I have been able to share them with another better writer and that is amazing to me. Thanks!

  192. Hey @NachoWasabi, can you give us a prompt for the first chapter? I don’t have an ideas off the top of my head about what to write about.

    1. I know you weren’t talking to me, but here’s a few ideas. 😉
      -Change around a legend/fairy tale (what would happen if Snow White has been thrown into a dungeon rather than taken to the forest?)
      -Put a legend/fairy tale in another time period (what would the legend of King Arthur look like if it had happened in 2020?)

    2. -Find a historical/Biblical event that interests you and write a historical fiction story (what would it be like to take part in the battle of Gettysburg?)
      -Write a “what if” story (what if the Americans had lost the Revolutionary War? What if Columbus has turned back on his voyage before he’d discovered the new world?)
      Hope these help 🙂

      1. Thanks for the help! Using your first idea, why not write a book about Noah and the Flood! Imagine if you wrote what it must be like for one of Noah’s relatives on the ark! Or (using your second idea), write a nonfiction story about a fictional story that no one but you would know about!

    3. Okay try writing about you or someone you know. ‘A story is truth exaggerated’ -NachoWasabi. Try writing about what real life is for someone in a predicament. Or use your imagination and take your story, ‘out of this world!’ as they say.

  193. @NachoWasabi,
    I think this is a good idea, but I don’t think I will be able to do it. I don’t write well when I rush myself, and prefer to do it at my own speed.
    So, does this mean that you will be posting all of the lessons for a while? Do you want me to hold off on posting the old lessons until you’re done posting your units of lessons?

    1. Yeah! That’s fine! Take your time! I will be posting one lesson a week and, although school is coming, I won’t falter. I don’t really mind if you post old lessons, the past is almost as great a teacher as pain. So go right ahead and post old lessons.

  194. Lesson 2
    Building on plot
    This is going to be a short lesson, because I have already talked about plot. Plot is a combination of past, present and future. At the beginning of a story, you have to have the reader ask questions, and at the end of the story, all or some of them have been answered. Write out a basic plotline before writing.

  195. CONT.
    NOTICE TO ALL STUDENTS: I’m making ALL my homework optional, and the word count is only a suggestion. YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO IT! I just thought it would be fun to have the whole class end with a book written!

    HOMEWORK: Write chapter 2 with at least 1000 words. Make sure to advance the plot. Ask questions more questions. Don’t answer any yet!

      1. My best friend and I used to do that to! Here’s a tip for writing as a duo: Be truly honest about ideas! If you don’t like an idea, be kind and honest about it. It will help your relationship which will help your writing!

  196. Hi everyone I’m sorry I haven’t been on here in a while but I just can’t keep up with all the comments and stuff that’s happening on this page ! 😣 so I guess I won’t be in the writers page anymore. But you all have great ideas and your books I’m sure are awesome!😆💗

  197. Hay guys, fellow writers, whats up? i know i haven’t been on here in a really long time, things have been super busy on the ranch. anyway had a min and thought i would stop by and say “Hi” i hope y’all are doing good:)

    Texas cowboy

      1. Bethel, Hay! its totally fine:) i’ve been really busy:) what have you been up to lately?
        i’ve been working out, school, ranch work, running(i don’t really like to run but my bro does and i have to run with him) writing a few poems, and things like that:)

        ~Texas cowboy~

      2. I’ve been doing school mostly😜 Besides that, I’ve been writing and just hanging out! My dad took me and my sibs to the county fair Tuesday, so that was fun. There weren’t any rides tho…☹️

        1. Bethel, that sounds like fun:) this is a really random question but who are your favorite music artist/bands?
          my fav. band is this rock band called Disciple:) they are awesome:)

        2. My fav artists are Phil Wickham, Shane&Shane, and (idk if this really counts but I love their songs!!! Don’t have any tho… yet) Sight And Sound Theatre!
          I’ve heard of Disciple! Never listened to their music tho. What’s your fav song by them?

          1. Bethel, cool:) oh my, my fav. song by Disciple? they have soo many:) but i’ll keep it to about 10 fav. songs:)
            1. Radical
            2. I just know
            3. Long live the rebels
            4. One more time
            5. Dear x, You don’t own me
            6. Invisible
            7. After the World
            8. Stronghold
            9. God of Elijah
            10. Lay my burdens
            they’ve been around since ’92 so they have a lot ofsongs

          2. Oh that’s cool! I love Phil Wickham’s songs, especially This is Amazing Grace, Battle Belongs (this song is AWESOME!), and Revive Us Again. (Btw I’m so sorry I didn’t respond sooner!!!!! Forgot to scroll to this comment😬)

  198. This is how my story starts, but how does yours?
    “It really was the kind of night that you hear of in storybooks. Lightning and thunder rumbled across the countryside but a train whistle broke the ominous sounds as a train full of orphans bumped and rattled to the orphanage station.”

    1. That sounds really great! It sounds like it’s a scary story, so maybe you should put the next part as, “(main character) looked up and saw the mansion of an orphanage. It was made out of rickety wood, and cobblestone. Each stair made a groan as you stepped on it, and there were stories of what lay beneath the grounds.” Just a suggestion!

    2. One of my stories starts with “The two combatants circled each other warily, swords poised and shields held at the ready.” Another starts with this shocking (lol) line: “I hate Christmas.”

    3. The book Bethel and I co-write starts out with “Slavery.”
      No, really. That’s how the book starts. That’s the first sentence. 😉

    1. That’s disappointing! I have a pact with my parents where I buy half and they buy half. That might work with yours! It’s $5 for each of you.

  199. You know it’s really great how the Odyssey team have replies, but I think they should add a button that let’s you go straight to the bottom.

  200. Lesson
    Advancing the Plot
    Something I have had trouble with in the past is advancing the plot. Once, I had most of the plot revealed in the first chapter! And another time I barely advanced the plot until the end and it all came suddenly. You have to advance the plot at your own speed but still not to fast. I just started a new book a few… Cont.

  201. Cont… few days ago. I had a sudden thought to make the bad guy do something, then realized it was way to sudden. And in the first chapter to. To take up the space, write about the characters daily life and things they do. Write descriptive (But not to descriptive) passages about what they look like and their surroundings, but also leave Cont…

  202. Cont… Leave room for the readers imagination. If you leave a little bit of room for it, they will love the book a little bit more dearly. Maybe have something unexpected happen, but have your characters slowly forget about it as they do things. It’ll help to not advance the plot yet, but still make it feel like an interesting book. Thanks- PB❤

  203. Isn’t it so annoying when you have book ideas that you’re just dying to write but you’re in the middle of writing another book?

    1. YES!!!! I love getting the inspiration tho I usually end up starting another book… Or daydreaming about this new story and pretty much just writing it in my head😂

  204. Hopefully it doesn’t look like I’m posting to much, but Bethel, my bro says that your first book sounds REALLY cool!

  205. Hey guys, I’m sorry, but I won’t be able to post any more lessons. I can still talk though. I thought I might be able to get my school and lessons together, but by the time school’s over, my brain’s too dead to think of any lessons. Sorry again.

  206. Guys, today one of my older brothers got baptized! Before I was the only one of my siblings that was, but now he is also baptized! I am SO happy for him! :^)

  207. Naomi:
    I haven’t seen you in forever, and I know you likely won’t see this comment, but I just wanted to say that I miss you. God bless you wherever you are and guide you in whatever you’re doing! All my love,
    Bethel

  208. Lesson:
    Perfection Problems Pt 1
    The central concept of any given story, from Cinderella to The Iliad, is conflict. And in conflict there is always at least two sides: the one you root for and the one you root against. This lesson is going to focus on the former side, the hero. Every story has a hero/heroine.
    There might be one on each side…

  209. (Cont)
    …of the conflict, but I can guarantee there is a hero somewhere. The same is true for your book. There is a hero/heroine, and that’s not a bad thing! To tell a story, you NEED a hero. The problem arises when your hero is perfect. Perfect heroes are something we need to avoid for a number of reasons:

  210. (Cont)
    1. Perfect characters are usually impossible to relate to. If your hero makes no mistakes, has no faults, and is always right, your readers will not be able to sympathize with and connect with them. Why? Because I can guarantee you that they themselves have faults.

  211. (Cont)
    2. Perfect characters make other characters unnecessary. If your character can do everything, is good at everything, and never needs a second opinion or advise, what’s the good of side characters? What can they do? Why do you even need them?

  212. (Cont)
    3. The only perfect person was Jesus. Every other human being in the history of the entire world has had faults.
    4. Perfect characters tend to get obnoxious really fast (saving in the case of Christ). I don’t know why, but many people find characters who never do anything wrong to be annoying.

  213. (Cont)
    These reasons are just the start. I’m sure you could think of more reasons why we need to give our characters flaws, if you wanted to.
    Next lesson I’ll talk about reasonable flaws to give your characters. 🙂

    Homework:
    Take a good look at your main character. Is he/she too perfect? Let me know!

  214. Lesson😄
    The Perfect Problem
    We’ve already established that your characters need problems, but there’s a lot more to it than that. You’ve got to choose one. Believe it or not, there’s a huge variety of problems you can give them, although sometimes they make it easy and a flaw just comes along with their personality.

  215. There’s two main types: characters flaws and physical disabilities. Here’s a list, just for starters, with some ideas attached.
    -Pride (works great if your character is a leader. It can be easy to think you’ll ALWAYS be right)
    -Insensitivity
    -A Temper (works well with pride; it’s hard to be wrong)
    -Following the crowd (works well for followers)

  216. -Bossiness (great for a leader; it’s hard to scale back on leading sometimes)
    -Perfectionism (beating yourself up over every mistake, no matter how small)
    -Sensitivity (works well with the above mentioned problem)
    -Recklessness
    -Rebelliousness (kinda the same as above except going against guidance)
    -Selfishness
    -Vanity

  217. (Physical disabilities)
    -Clumsiness (this usually happens to teenagers when they’re growing really fast)
    -Stammering (this would be hard to write for everything a character says, but it’s still an option)
    -Limping/Favoring one limb above another (usually used for older, tough, mysterious characters, but still works)
    -Blindness/bad vision

  218. This is just a small selection and you might find that none of them really resonate with your character. Maybe there’s one that you feel fits better but isn’t on this list. That’s fine! I’m just giving you a few ideas.😁
    Homework:
    List the flaws that your main characters have and think if you need to change/add any. Let me know!😄

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