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It’s Resource Monday but on a Thursday!

In Its resource Monday! on March 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm

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Ok each week I am scouring the net for great resources of all kinds.  Primarily for writers but it can be whatever fancies me.

This week I’d like to present…drum roll please….http://fiverr.com/

Lets give them a hand shall we!

Touting themselves as…

The world’s largest marketplace
for small services, starting at $5

Yes people 5 dollars.  You!  Yes YOU!  can have a cover made for your self-published e-book.  For….one more time please.  $5 dollars.

At this site you can buy and sell services.  But on the selling note per their website its easy peesy lemon squeezy.

Simply Find a Gig® you like and order it

Pay $5 by PayPal or credit card

Track your seller’s work progress,

exchange files and communicate

Get your finished work!

You will have 48 hrs after work delivery to ask for fixes from the seller

Provide feedback and review

Easy huh?

You can thank me later.  🙂

There are some rather entertaining “Gigs” up there.  I laughed at the Kick boxing woman on the main page.  Hey everyone has to make a buck!  Check it out I think you will find a great sight if you need some work done for low cost.

In the meantime if you have a kindle, and are a amazon prime member you can get my eBook. The Gospel Explained Absolutely free!

Gospel Cover92

http://www.amazon.com/The-Gospel-Explained-Donovan-Neal/dp/055739077X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364508739&sr=8-1&keywords=the+gospel+explained+by+donovan+neal

Check it out!

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In Uncategorized on March 28, 2013 at 1:40 am

Get your free e-book!

Donovan and the act of musing

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Get a free e-book for your discipleship efforts!

Do you need material for your new converts class?

How about information to give to new members explaining their salvation experience?

Looking for a helpful evangelistic tool?

Written with these questions in mind, the Gospel Explained is a great resource tool to help you in all your discipleship efforts!

In celebration of Easter. The kindle version of, The Gospel Explained is being given away FREE from March 28 2013 – April 1st 2013!  Download your free copy at Amazon.com and get it instantly for your kindle or e-reader.

In this power packed book, Donovan Neal M.S.N.P. and teacher in the Christian ministry for 25 years, uses a catechistic approach and walks the reader to understand such concepts as sin.  Why Jesus had to die, and be resurrected, and why is Jesus the only way to receive salvation.

Power packed with information, Donovan…

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It’s Inspiration Tuesday!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on March 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Because I know music makes your braver.  Today’s inspirational song is a piece by Audiomachine, that evokes, sheer power.  From the violins in the begining, to the pounding of the drums, and choir vocals.  It beats power, a sense of epic battle, and triumph and victory.

It starts with rushing violins, which are soon locked in raced only to be followed with a powerful drum beat. The meoldy then crescendos into a higher pitch until it pulses with pounding horns of annunciation   It grabs you, and does not let go.

Listen, write…and do not stop until you have conquered every jot and title, never yielding until each character is splayed before you fallen to the muse of your spirit and your paper bleeds with imagined Heroes, worlds and evil slain.

Teaser trailer for my upcoming novel. The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars

In Look what I did!, My novel: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars on March 25, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Only Heaven could spawn evil of this magnitude.

Free e-book! Press Release!

In Look what I did!, Personal on March 24, 2013 at 9:37 pm

announcement-PICTURE

Get a free e-book for your discipleship efforts!

Do you need material for your new converts class?

How about information to give to new members explaining their salvation experience?

Looking for a helpful evangelistic tool?

Written with these questions in mind, the Gospel Explained is a great resource tool to help you in all your discipleship efforts!

In celebration of Easter. The kindle version of, The Gospel Explained is being given away FREE from March 28 2013 – April 1st 2013!  Download your free copy at Amazon.com and get it instantly for your kindle or e-reader.

In this power packed book, Donovan Neal M.S.N.P. and teacher in the Christian ministry for 25 years, uses a catechistic approach and walks the reader to understand such concepts as sin.  Why Jesus had to die, and be resurrected, and why is Jesus the only way to receive salvation.

Power packed with information, Donovan addresses the 44 reasons people chose not to follow Christ and provides responses to help bring the unchurched into faith in Christ.

Help your church by providing your members, outreach teams, and persons who could use a simple gospel presentation, this FREE e-book!

In celebration of Easter. The kindle version of, The Gospel Explained is being given away FREE from March 28 2013 – April 1st 2013!  Download your free copy at Amazon.com and get it instantly for your kindle or e-reader.

Follow the link to get your free copy!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Gospel-Explained-Donovan-Neal/dp/055739077X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364078975&sr=8-1&keywords=the+gospel+explained+by+donovan+neal

 

 

 

How I write my novels a 10 step beginners guide. Step 4: Characterization

In How to begin your novel in 10 steps, On writing on March 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm
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Famous Star Wars characters

Writing a novel can be a daunting task. I know because it’s taken me 7 years to complete my first one.  However, writing is easier for me now, than when I started. I realize that there are many of you who want to write that first novel, so let me lend my acquired experience to make your journey easier.

I have 10 steps that I realized I have used to complete my book.  During the next 10 weeks I’m going to provide you with the actual and specific tools that have used.  I’m going to put them up on this blog for you to see, and I’m going to give them away to you for free!  Yes, free because I want you to be successful! I know that they will work for you  some of you are more computer literate than others, so my tools are going to help you no matter what level of proficiency you have in software or hardware.  All you need is a desire to learn, and a willingness to implement the steps.

Ok here is step four: Identify the characters.

Who is your protagonist and the antagonist?

Here is an outline to follow.  Answer the following questions. Do this for each of your main characters.

What is their name?  Does the name have a meaning? Who named them?  Do they have a nickname?  Names can have powerful images in your novel.

Give a one-sentence summary of your characters story line.

What is the characters motivation?  What does he/she want abstractly?

What is the characters conflict? What prevents him/her from reaching what they want?

What is the characters epiphany (what will he she learn, how will he/she change?)

Then write out a one-paragraph summary of the characters storyline

Note that you should do this for each character, and if there is an organization or group within your novel, the same should be done for them.  What you are doing here is part of the world creation. However, populating the world is more important than the world itself.

After you answer these basic questions, you can then address issues like attributes such as race, gender where do they live, language accents, tics, special powers etc.

To help you let me link you to a helpful resource that you can use to help you flesh out the characters of your novel.

I absolutely love this site.  It looks at various characters particularly in television, movies, and does an amazing job of helping to understand what makes them work or not work.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CharacterDevelopment

Let me know if any of these tips has helped you!

Oh and PS!

I want to hear from you!

To prove it and show my love, for the month of March, everyone who leaves a comment I will put your name in a hat. If you comment and link back to my blog on your blog, you get your name in the hat twice. If you leave a comment and link back to my blog, and mention my book The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars in your blog…you get your name in the hat THREE times. What do you win? A guest blog appearance!  Yep I’ll feature you in my blog and help promote you!  How about that?

I will pick a winner once a monthSo at the end of March I will pick a winner for the monthly prize. Good luck!

Don’t forget to and check out my preview trailer for my new book, The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars coming out in a couple of months!

It’s resource Monday but on a Thursday!

In Its resource Monday! on March 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm

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Ok each week I am scouring the net for great resources of all kinds.  Primarily for writers but it can be whatever fancies me.

This week I’d like to present…drum roll please….99 Designs!

Let’s give them a hand shall we!

If you need any type of graphic design work done, from creating logos, to book covers people this site is the site to go.  In fact I will be suing them shortly to design the cover to my own novel.

The do it all, and for a very reasonable price.

Their own website and videos speak best!  Check em out!

You create a contest that pits graphic artists to create the work of art that you need for a book.

Here’s the link.  Enjoy!

http://99designs.com/

It’s Inspiration Tuesday!!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on March 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Because I know that music makes you braver, and evokes emotion in a person. I will weekly list a track that moves me. I’m going to ask you to do the same. What music moves you to write, evokes emotion? Inspires you…to write. Create.

This piece I found back in 2010. I listened to it and was initially inspired to write a scene in a my book based off of what I heard.  Tempted to write about two combatants, moving deftly to achieve gain in combat.  I later wrote a scene where the angel Gabriel is fleeing a legion of angles as he darts through all manner of flora and fauna to finally stop and confront a thousand angelic pursuers.  1 ‘man’ against a Legion.

I can’t wait for you to read it.

D.

 

How I write my novels a 10 step beginners guide. Step 3

In On writing on March 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm

tools

Writing a novel can be a daunting task. I know because it’s taken me 7 years to complete my first one.  However, writing is easier for me now, than when I started. I realize that there are many of you who want to write that first novel, so let me lend my acquired experience to make your journey easier.

I have 10 steps that I realized I have used to complete my book.  During the next 9 weeks I’m going to provide you with the actual and specific tools that have used.  I’m going to put them up on this blog for you to see, and I’m going to give them away to you for free!  Yes, free because I want you to be successful! I know that they will work for you  some of you are more computer literate than others, so my tools are going to help you no matter what level of proficiency you have in software or hardware.  All you need is a desire to learn, and a willingness to implement the steps.

How I write my novels a 10 step beginners guide. Step 3

Writing a novel can be a daunting task. I know because it’s taken me 7 years to complete my first one.  However, writing is easier for me now, than when I started. I realize that there are many of you who want to write that first novel, so let me lend my acquired experience to make your journey easier.

I have 10 steps that I realized I have used to complete my book.  During the next 9 weeks I’m going to provide you with the actual and specific tools that have used.  I’m going to put them up on this blog for you to see, and I’m going to give them away to you for free!  Yes, free because I want you to be successful! I know that they will work for you  some of you are more computer literate than others, so my tools are going to help you no matter what level of proficiency you have in software or hardware.  All you need is a desire to learn, and a willingness to implement the steps.

Ok here is step three: get your tools together.

By tools I mean all those necessities that you need to craft your story.  Here are some examples

Make sure you have your ‘buckets’ close by!

Dictionaries.  (Have more than one, or use the web)

Thesaurus ( I keep two at my desk, I don’t simply use the ones on the word processor.)

White noise generator/ Music if you like something in your background.  Whatever is needed to address your ability to concentrate.  Some like music some don’t.

Munchies/Drink (get the cheetos, candy, nuts, coffee, whatever so you’re not having to keep getting up.  Sometime when I’m in a flow I write past my hunger.

Grammar books.

Here are some internet sites I use as ‘online tools’.

http://thesaurus.com/

http://www.grammarly.com/ (warning its rather slow so have a good pc if you use it.)

I’ll talk more about this book in the next blog but for now you can use it as a reference to hone in on your characters temperament.

http://www.amazon.com/Please-Understand-Temperament-Character-Intelligence/dp/1885705026/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363552195&sr=8-1&keywords=keirsey+temperament

A site that gives you adjective to describe tone feeling and emotions

http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/parts-of-speech/adjectives/list-of-adjectives-to-describe-tone-feelings-emotions.html

How if you use MS Word to prepare your novel.

http://daiya.mvps.org/bookword.htm

Steps 2 and 3 are about preparation.  Next week’s steps will be about actualization.  I will tell you in advance that we will talk about your novels characters, and how to create them.  So keep coming back!  This is where the rubber really hits the road.  I’m going to give you a character template to help flesh out your characters so stay tuned!

Oh and PS!

I want to hear from you!

To prove it and show my love, for the month of March, everyone who leaves a comment I will put your name in a hat. If you comment and link back to my blog on your blog, you get your name in the hat twice. If you leave a comment and link back to my blog, and mention my book The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars in your blog…you get your name in the hat THREE times. What do you win? A guest blog appearance!  Yep I’ll feature you in my blog and help promote you!  How about that?

I will pick a winner once a monthSo at the end of March I will pick a winner for the monthly prize. Good luck!

Don’t forget to and check out my preview trailer for my new book, The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars coming out in a couple of months!

Check out my latest article on Examiner.com

In Look what I did!, My freelance work on March 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Check out my latest article on Examiner.com

http://www.examiner.com/article/will-detroit-become-the-luxury-watch-capital-of-the-us