Mindfuck Math How to Plan your Publishing Business Before you explore author-publishing possibilities in this series, lets first have a look at your business plans as an author and the most important question: Why are you writing? Are you creating for yourself (as a hobby, just for the fun of writing) – or for an audience? . Can you answer these questions: how many books with the same topic / the same genre are on the market? If you’re producing work for an audience, it means: playing by at least some rules of the industrycaring what others think of your workestablishing an authors platform from which to communicateinteracting with your audience and being available to themdoing things not for your art, but out of service to your audienceputting on a performance, or adopting some kind of “brand”marketing your work and being visible . .Why should authors have a business plan? There’s no point to go without some kind of strategy in place if your objectives really are in building a writing career. . What makes your book so special? See On .
102 Resources for Fiction Writing « Here to Create UPDATE 1/10: Dead links removed, new links added, as well as Revision and Tools and Software sections. Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? Here are 102 resources on Character, Point of View, Dialogue, Plot, Conflict, Structure, Outlining, Setting, and World Building, plus some links to generate Ideas and Inspiration. 10 Days of Character Building Name Generators Name Playground The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test Priming the idea pump (A character checklist shamlessly lifted from acting) How to Create a Character Seven Common Character Types Handling a Cast of Thousands – Part I: Getting to Know Your Characters It’s Not What They Say . . . Establishing the Right Point of View: How to Avoid “Stepping Out of Character” How to Start Writing in the Third Person Web Resources for Developing Characters What are the Sixteen Master Archetypes? Building Fictional Characters Fiction Writer’s Character Chart Speaking of Dialogue
Writing Trilogies & Keeping Track Of Characters Last year I attended a workshop taught by Anne Perry and I worked up the courage to ask her something I'd been wondering for years: how she keeps track of all her characters across her many series. Her answer: I remember them. This is a post for those of us without Anne Perry's prodigious memory. Laura Moore On How To Write A Successful Trilogy Author Laura Moore offers writers tips on writing a successful trilogy. Plan and plot like there's no tomorrow This advice may lead you to think Laura's a born plotter but not so. It ... helps if you can already have the first book in your series finished and have started the second when you make your deal with your publisher. ... Make lists of characters Make a list of characters for each book in the series. - name - age - physical traits - where he/she lives - quirks Laura writes: It’s fairly easy to keep the characters straight in a four hundred-page [novel]. Tags And Traits TAGS are words you hang upon your character when you describe them.
Chaos theory A double rod pendulum animation showing chaotic behavior. Starting the pendulum from a slightly different initial condition would result in a completely different trajectory. The double rod pendulum is one of the simplest dynamical systems that has chaotic solutions. Chaos: When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future. Chaotic behavior can be observed in many natural systems, such as weather and climate. This behavior can be studied through analysis of a chaotic mathematical model, or through analytical techniques such as recurrence plots and Poincaré maps. Introduction Chaos theory concerns deterministic systems whose behavior can in principle be predicted. Chaotic dynamics The map defined by x → 4 x (1 – x) and y → x + y mod 1 displays sensitivity to initial conditions. In common usage, "chaos" means "a state of disorder". However, in chaos theory, the term is defined more precisely. where , and , is: .
3 Minutes to Better Scrivener Chapter Headings | Gene Lempp ~ Writer Hi everyone! Today I have a great guest post from Ed Ditto on how to put extra spark into the presentation of our latest e-book extravaganza. Excellent to have you here Ed, take it away. Guest Post by Ed Ditto Since a correctly-constructed Kindle book opens to the first page of Chapter One, a reader’s first impression of your work often arises from your chapter heading. Does it look professional? What follows are three jazzed-up chapter headings for Scrivener users to reproduce or riff on. Note that what you’re about to read is Mac-oriented and assumes a basic working knowledge of Scrivener. 1) Simple and contemporary In this article I’ll be building headings for a novella with chapters named for the geographical locations in which they take place. Here’s the first design, the quickest and easiest one, as shown in the Kindle Previewer: Then I’ve hit the Formatting pane’s Section Layout button and entered the following placeholder tags under Title Prefix and Suffix: How do these tags work?
Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine Down The Rabbit Hole of Research By Bethanne Patrick You probably know the feeling. You might be stuck on something in your manuscript, or you might be flying through a section, when you hit a place that needs…research. What do you do? If you’re like me and many other writers, you open up a new tab on your browser and start furiously typing in search terms. Who knows when you might return? However, just as often, research done at the wrong time or to the wrong degree leads too far away from the page, which is where we truly want to be. That’s sound advice — if it works for you. Other novelists (the published kind) follow routines as individual as their writing. Tripp’s solution is to “read and read and read” for a few months before she begins writing, and to take notes. Other novelists have a more “pick and mix” approach. One of the toughest things that happens to all writers is not knowing which details will be important. “That’s why I’m always researching as I write,” says best-selling novelist Caroline Leavitt.
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