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  1. David Farland sent this around today:
  2. From our own C.S. (Susanne) Lakin, who has gone on to create a very nice career writing HOWTO books. (I attended her Plotting Boot Camp a year ago - it was spectacular.) https://theselfpublisher.com/how-to-price-your-self-published-book/?inf_contact_key=07a62c52f7c61fe062ba90a33f4a35c4
  3. (In the future, please split things like this out into separate threads. Thanks.)
  4. It sounds like, yeah. (I write 'Plantser' but it's a neologism and there is no one correct way to write it imo.)
  5. David Farland's Writing Tips: Plotting Your Novel
  6. This is a thoughtful use for characterization, and it wouldn't bother me in that context. The vast majority of F-bomb uses is simple emphasis, and as such, I'd strip it out as extraneous language which adds nothing and cuts away a significant portion of your potential audience.
  7. I've seen the F-word rise in such common usage to the point where even good and Godly people think nothing of it. It does nothing for me, I'm more offended by attacks against character than the lazy use of a mindless emphasis word, but I don't care for it and I can't think of a single instance where its inclusion makes the story better.
  8. The very first Sci-Fi novel I read back in the 70s was a dystopic novel by a female author, Andre Norton. It's a well-established trope where Mankind looks at the future and sees the effects of our failings. While this resonates with me as a Christian, I don't often find it entertaining as a reader, but I am well familiar with the trope. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24739716-daybreak-2250-ad
  9. From Alex Newton, the K-lytics Study reports guy. http://k-lytics.com/post-apocalyptic-dystopian
  10. I'm a lifelong Pantser but finally made peace with outlining my chapters first using the Five Commandments of story from the Story Grid. I whipped up a template in Notion which I use as the base and fill it in from there. This is what it looks like when I fill the chapter in. I start with the Crisis Question, go back to the Inciting Incident, and then work forward from there. For a deeper dive, this is where I got all that from to begin with: https://storygrid.com/5-commandments/
  11. I've been a lifelong Pantser, however, in the last couple of years I've become a student of The Story Grid system for structuring novels and have embraced the idea of story structure to some degree. I now consider myself a Plantser, a discovery writer who appreciates the basic structure underneath all stories. As you know, I write in Scrivener so I can drag-and-drop scenes anywhere in the work. I'm toying with other tools while outlining. First, I limit my outline to the Five Commandments of story: Inciting Incident Turning Point Crisis Question Climax Resoluti
  12. I'm not quite ready to market anything, but I have been researching what to do when it's time. Here are the resources I'm looking at right now (all written by friends I've met in person). Tim Grahl's Launch A Bestseller https://booklaunch.com/ Pages & Platforms - Sue Campbell (book launch coach), Anne Hawley & Rachelle Ramirez (Story Grid Certified Editors) https://www.pagesandplatforms.com/
  13. My friend Story Grid Certified Editor Danielle Kiowski wrote about her method - she writes 500 words a day, and spends 30 minutes reading up on the art and craft of writing. I've been doing this for a couple of weeks and I'm getting more written each week. https://storygrid.com/530-2/
  14. I write in Scrivener and have it set to backup automatically to Dropbox when I close the app. I also save my WIP to a flashdrive periodically, and Windows saves a backup of the My Documents folder to OneDrive in the Cloud.
  15. Because I like it. It's a way to develop my skills as a storyteller and allows me to play in the same fields of imagination as the authors who have gone on before me. But, yeah, most of all because I like to.
  16. Scrivener for Windows 3 (Beta): my favorite creative writing app. It's powerful, fun to use, and allows me to drag and drop pages or chapters with ease. NotePad ++: for quick-and-dirty notetaking. iOS Notes: it syncs everywhere and is pretty powerful. Microsoft Word 365: it's the industry-standard and I have to have it. I especially like Track Changes for collaboration. Microsoft Excel 365: the industry-standard spreadsheet. You should see my Story Grid spreadsheet - it's... intense. Google Docs: also great for collaboration. Notion: I use this for general s
  17. Seanan McGuire is a legit SF/F writer, and she publishes at a pretty good clip. In a Twitter thread, she says she's not rolling in writing royalties.
  18. But that may explain why THE MANDALORIAN is such a smash hit and instant fan favorite. Which, in this discussion, should give those interested in indie publishing some comfort.
  19. https://giphy.com/gifs/l2QDR9TWdTdFxzqx2/html5
  20. I think these writers—and those stories—are evergreen, but today's readers don't know ERB or Alastair MacLean ever existed. Years ago I had a weird itch and dove into Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, and so forth, and was astounded at how funny and brilliant those stories were, not nearly as dated as you'd expect. I think ERB and Alastair MacLean are now in the same category, brilliant writers who younger readers haven't stumbled onto. (Which is why MacLean's novels appearing on Kindle is so exciting. He's my favorite Thriller author of all time.) So I think the real trick is to cre
  21. Look at the stories men have traditionally embraced. Think of Edgar Rice Burroughs or Alastair MacLean. In the first case, he wrote fast, he focused on quick action, romantic yearning, heroic impulses, exotic locations, honor and self-sacrifice. In the latter, he wrote about good against evil in clear, fast-moving, thrilling scenarios, one man against an apparently overwhelming evil. Both were very successful in their day. (I note that Amazon is finally offering the Alastair MacLean books on Kindle!) https://www.amazon.com/Alistair-MacLean/e/B000APAK0A%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
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