Script Frenzy. The One-Minute Writer. Cuparius - Swearwords of Science Fiction and Fantasy AND Others. Flashbake: Free version-control for writers using git. For the past couple weeks, I've been working with Thomas "cmdln" Gideon (host of the fabulously nerdy Command Line podcast) on a free software project for writers called "Flashbake" (which is to say, I described what I wanted and Thomas wrote the code).
This is a set of Python scripts that check your hot files for changes every 15 minutes, and checks in any changed files to a local git repository. Git is a free "source control" program used by programmers to track changes to source-code, but it works equally well on any text file. If you write in a text-editor like I do, then Flashbake can keep track of your changes for you as you go. I was prompted to do this after discussions with several digital archivists who complained that, prior to the computerized era, writers produced a series complete drafts on the way to publications, complete with erasures, annotations, and so on. Enter Flashbake.
It's all pretty nerdy, I admit. I love adapting programmers' tools for my writing. Plinky. Write Or Die : Dr Wicked's Writing Lab. While I was working on the Deskop Edition I figured I'd spruce up the online edition as well. You'll notice nicer, more universally compatible widgets on the right side. And now the text below will preserve your line breaks so you don't have to go back later and clean it up. Speaking of improvements, hmm, I wonder what this giant button does...
If you like the online version, you'll love the offline version. The myriad improvements include: Save to txt file More customizability Publish to blog Real-time Progress Bar Head to head Word Wars! Check it out , it's only $10 and works on Mac, Windows and Linux! The online version will always remain free, forever, so don't worry. I am DoctorWicked@gmail.com Thanks again! Keep Writing! About a little thing called 750words on 750 Words. Dragon Writing Prompts. Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers (Kennedy and Jerz) (Dennis G. Jerz, Seton Hill University)
Jerz > Writing > Creative > How to Write a Short Story (Dennis Jerz and Kathy Kennedy) Writing short stories means beginning as close to the climax as possible — everything else is a distraction.
A novel can take a more meandering path, but should still start with a scene that sets the tone for the whole book. A short story conserves characters and scenes, typically by focusing on just one conflict, and drives towards a sudden, unexpected revelation. Go easy on the exposition and talky backstory — your reader doesn’t need to know everything that you know about your characters. 1. Do you have a short story assignment due tomorrow morning? What does your protagonist want? Drawing on real-life experiences, such as winning the big game, bouncing back after an illness or injury, or dealing with the death of a loved one, are attractive choices for students who are looking for a “personal essay” topic. Keep a notebook. Read, Read, Read Read a LOT of Chekhov. 2. 3. Appearance. 4. First Person. Sunday Scribblings.
EditMinion. What to do after NaNoWriMo. If you found a month madly dedicated to one project exhilarating amidst the exhaustion :-) there are more challenges throughout the year, some lasting a month, some a week, some 3 days, some 24 straight hours. :-) (The NaNoWriMo folks aren't affiliated with any of these except Script Frenzy.)
From the I Wrote a Novel, Now What? Page at the NaNoWriMo site which might have more challenges added throughout the year (plus a few free contests). (For readers in the future, if you've stumbled across this page during November, the link probably won't work. A fresh page will go up early December.) DecemberNaNoFiMo.org - National Novel Finishing Month (December). Varies or throughout the yearNaBloPoMo - National Blog Posting Month (Year-Round).
JanuaryJanNoWriMo - Goal: Write either 50k or your own word-count goal in January. FebruaryFAWM - February Album Writing Month (February). MarchNaNoEdMo - National Novel Editing Month (March). AprilScript Frenzy - NaNoWriMo's sister challenge (April). Science Fiction Writer Robert J. Sawyer: How to Write Index.