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Revision sweeps I went to a thing yesterday where Joe Abercrombie and Peter V Brett talked about their writing process.
There were a lot of differences in their approaches, but they both agreed on going over stuff in multiple sweeps for different purposes.
This put me in mind of doing a checklist that I might use to sweep through stuff I write, if only to get into good habits.
It's more compulsive than I would probably use, but it's all stuff worth thinking about. Does anyone else do something similar or have anything to add?

  Who has the most to gain?
  Are we raising/lowering tension?
  What emotional shift happens?
  Is the behaviour consistent with emotions carried from previous scene?

  What time of day is it?
  What is the weather?
  Who is tired or in pain etc?
  Who is standing where, holding what?

  Two many adverbs?
  Repitition of phrases.
  Generic descriptions that could swapped for character specific idiosyncrasies.
  Does the rhythm match the scene?
  Dialogue/prose balance.
  Does it advance the plot?

April 15, 2015, 09:18:22 PM
Re: Paper, Pad or PC? I like to plan on paper, and sometimes write. It's much better for public transport (where I used to do a lot of writing). Always with a pencil. I hate being jammed up in a corner, scribbling a great sentence using a pen and then it runs out of in...

Seems Abercrombie also writes long hand with a fountain pen (like Stephenson). In his own words;
"..because I'm pretentious like that."

April 20, 2015, 11:44:32 AM
Re: [Apr 2015] - Plot Twist! Werewolf, Vampire, Goat - Discussion Thread Yeah. Also, as a reader, when you know there is a twist coming is very hard for a writer to completely blindside you without going all Deus Ex Machina on yo ass. Especially in a short story.
April 23, 2015, 10:58:48 AM
Re: [Apr 2015] - Plot Twist! Werewolf, Vampire, Goat - Discussion Thread One submission makes sense. I could see myself getting carried away with a case of the "ooo..ooo...what about..?"s if I could do more. Equally, one of the reasons I've posted to this forum's comps and pretty much nowhere else, is the relaxed attitude. I think a gag entry now and then is fine, surely no one takes it too seriously?
I more worried about the spread of Goat fever. There seems to be an awful lot of goat related stuff in people's profile summaries. Perhaps we need to hire a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chupacabra to have a cull?
I mean, @Atku can't win if he's lying bloodless and drained in a Puertorican field now can he?

April 30, 2015, 10:55:20 AM
Re: [Apr 2015] - Plot Twist! Werewolf, Vampire, Goat - Discussion Thread Certainly more intimidating than the one on the Wikipedia page...
Spoiler for Hiden:
To be honest it looks more like Chups there is going to rub his claws together and try to sell @Atku a knock off alien Rolex for his horns. Perhaps he is, and the whole "I'm going to suck him dry" was simply a misunderstanding of his trading intent.

April 30, 2015, 03:23:31 PM
Re: Magic System ideas
People know it's because they can sense spirits and they are not mad, but that doesn't make it any less creepy.

If the folk around them did not know it was spirits and the setting was urban, you've just got yourself the more mentally distressed homeless folk in any major metropolis. Very "Fisher King", but intriguing none the less.

Say you were to propose a cost of interacting with the spiritworld in your system, what would it be? Here's a couple of suggestions...
An increasing inability to determine the difference between the two: Walking into walls that you don't think are there, general confusion, a detachment to the human condition etc.
Slowly becoming part of the spiritworld: Growing insubstantial, like a ghost. Only able to interact with other Shaman.
Having to appease a particular totem creature: Sacrifice meat to wolves. Dig a burrow for rabbits.
Do a dance, bang a drum: Pretty much what you expect.
Give their totem a secret or truth: Thinking about the earlier lorespeaker example, this could be quite a good one. If you have shared everything with them already, how do you access your power?

At risk of idea splurging, so I'll stop now. Like the premise though.

May 11, 2015, 10:24:13 AM
Re: Depression is a bitch... from a friend It's good to see a dialogue about this kind of stuff.
It's also interesting to see that the writer puts chemicals as a source of hope at the end. I sympathise entirely. I've been on my "dried frog pills" for a couple of years and others often seem to feel that I should be concerned about being on medication and that it is not a long term cure. Guess they've not had the black dog on them for extended periods (especially ones with sleep deprivation - I empathise entirely @Nora).

Medicine doesn't understand depression fully, or how serotonin reuptake inhibitors work (when they do - which is not for everyone), but medicine can help.
What stops people getting such help is stigma. We forget that when our car is broken we go to a mechanic. When our mind is broken we should go and see the expert in that too.

I for one would never have gone to the doctor, my wife made me. It was the best decision I've never made.

Whilst I still feel a little exposed talking about depression as an illness, I feel almost responsible that I should in order to help break down the stigmas and barriers that almost stopped me getting help. Posts like the poem in this one are part of the discourse we need to do that, so nicely done @Jmack

May 11, 2015, 10:41:54 AM
Re: Depression is a bitch... from a friend Hey, no problem @ScarletBea - it's a good poem (short and to the point, I've always liked 'em like that)
The fantasy community is a great balm to me as well. Not just the people, who tend to be pretty likeable and liberal, but also the actual fantasy. It's a way of reminding yourself that the world doesn't have to be the way it is. It can be any way we imagine it.

As an aside, I read an article the other day about the positive effects of writing for depression. Turns out it's well documented. So now we've got another excuse to do it. (Not that I'll be stopping my pills any time soon ;) )

Remember the words of Gimli "...the trick is to keep breathing."

May 11, 2015, 02:50:19 PM
Re: Wearing costume while writing
Time to buy the goat costume you had you eye on....

That's got to be like those the People Against Goodness And Normalcy wear... surely?

May 13, 2015, 03:12:06 PM
Re: One Sentence writing advice Edit, edit, edit.

It's something I don't do! but I'm down with the old phrase "The only thing you can do with good advice is pass it on."

May 17, 2015, 10:10:11 AM