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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Hugo Awards 2017 Finalists
« on: August 20, 2018, 10:31:02 PM »
Broken Earth is one of my favourite series from the past few years. Happy to see her hat trick the Hugo!

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 19, 2018, 01:33:25 PM »

The writer needs to understand how the world they created works. The reader need only understand it insofar as it is required to understand the story.

I think the mistake a lot of SFF writers make is assuming that their setting is more important than the story they are telling. Nothing is.

Prophecies and "chosen ones" are just all used up, in my opinion. Maybe there's an original way to do it. But to me, it's just a way to constrain the plot. Regardless a prophecy is true or not, we'll be stuck in the same story of "can fate be changed?", "why does it have to be me?" etc. Boring.

Maybe there's a story out there to prove me wrong. But I'm not actively looking.

Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: August 09, 2018, 11:35:54 AM »
So,@magnus hedin, is F-F part of the social media block?  ;D

Yes. .__.

That's why I only came on here after 11 am today, when I'd done a considerable amount of work.  8)

Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: August 09, 2018, 10:35:57 AM »
So I've had a bit of a rough patch with writing but things are turning in the right direction again. While I'm still waiting on my first story getting published (I'm so sick of these people by now... ), I made a positive change by switching my Patreon from monthly to "per-thing", which basically means I decide when my patrons get charged. It's a huge load off my back because the negative pressure to perform is gone, replaced by a positive pressure (if I write a story and post it, I get paid). Knowing myself, I'll make less money this way cause I won't charge for anything I'm not proud of, but I feel freer already.

Oh, and talking about freedom, I found an app that blocks me out of social media (and anything else I choose, including programs). It's been a huge relief for me. It's set to automatically lock me out every morning, and I turn it on for 45-minute chunks when I'm sitting down to work or write in the afternoon. Productivity is on a steady incline. It's stupid how often I find myself clicking those links when I'm supposed to be working, but it's also enlightening.

If you want to find out more, the app is called Freedom, and it's free to try. (Full disclosure: the link is a referral that I get a bonus from if you end up registering).

Introductions / Re: hi all
« on: August 07, 2018, 05:03:12 PM »
Welcome to the forums! If you read fantasy and want to write some of your own then that's all you need and more to fit right in!  ;D

I hope your fight against your mental blocks becomes a stepwise ladder out of the hole, a little higher with each battle until you can see the way out isn't as far as you imagined.

That's exactly how it's going, small steps in the right direction. I'm doing way better than a few years ago, and I just have to keep reminding myself of that.

Also, are you Dudley Breadwood, the famous pirate?

May go back and hide in bed today.
Someone actually trade marked a perfectly-ordinary-every-day-usage-been-around-for-centuries WORD

Is there an obnoxious entitlement spell on the surname Hopkins?

This went very poorly for her. It was rejected and the writing community rose up against her in righteous anger.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Are you a Trad or Indie?
« on: July 24, 2018, 01:06:48 PM »
I think my dream is to start by building enough of a following on Patreon to be able to do the writing I want, then eventually start poking traditional publishers when I already have an established fanbase. This is all far in the future; first of all, I need to step up my productivity several notches.

But I'm already laying the groundwork for spreading the word, albeit slowly. I tried quick and dirty and that just wasn't me at all. Now I'm picking up supporters pretty much one at the time. I love it because I have a personal relationship with them.  :D

Yes. People don't like logic, especially not in their creativity, but I'm on your side. I find creativity is much more powerful when supported by logic. Anyway, there's no such thing as posting in here too much.

I'd like to say that this week is going to be a bit of a shitstorm for me. I have work to do, I have more people coming over than I was prepared for, and it's insanely hot and going to get hotter. I can't stand the heat.

I need to find a better living situation (and life situation), but that's not happening any time soon. Only I can make it happen, and there are way too many mental blocks I have to fight on a daily basis.

Anyway. I'll feel better when this week is in the past and I can get back to trying to sort my life out.

Writers' Corner / Re: The Best Books On Writing
« on: July 23, 2018, 08:40:36 AM »
I'm currently reading Wired for Story by Lisa Croft. I can highly recommend it.

I picked it up after reading several other books on neuroscience and how our mind processes information. Short story: Contrary to the common belief that our brains are primarily logic processors, they have evolved to process our impressions as stories. We can only process logic with conscious effort.

So whether we are reading or just experiencing life, our subconscious mind tends to use whatever data points it's given and turn those into a story that seems convincing but that doesn't necessarily reflect reality in the best way, or indeed not even one that is true at all.

The book discusses how the stories that catch and keep our attention are the ones that use these mechanisms of the mind to their advantage.

I can barely remember which books I'm reading now.  ;D

I like the descriptors for the ratings on Goodreads:

1 - did not like it
2 - it was ok
3 - I liked it
4 - really liked it
5 - it was amazing

I think it's good that people there seem to make better use of the range of ratings, as opposed to just rating everything they like 5 and everything they don't 1. I guess it's why Steam now only has two ratings (recommend or not recommend). I rarely ever rate anything 1 because a book that bad I normally don't finish, and if I didn't finish it, I feel it's not my place to rate it.

When I rate a book three, it means I liked it. It's an above average (2.5) rating and shouldn't be considered bad, in my opinion. The book just wasn't great or amazing.

That being said, I don't think you should be stingy with fives. I've seen some people say they never give fives because it means the book is perfect. That's silly. If you loved it, give it a 5.  :-*

I read literary fiction and historical fiction at times, but after speculative fiction I'd probably have to say non-fiction. I've always got at least one writing book and one book on some other subject (science, philosophy, etc.) going.

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