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Writers' Corner / Re: The Episodic Series Format
« on: May 25, 2018, 06:10:26 PM »
I would look to the television series, Supernatural. I think it's a great example of the evolution of plot based story telling to character based or even a really good balance.

The first couple seasons of Supernatural were all monster of the week, with a thin thread pulling it all together. But the side missions had such immediate urgency, they had to forget their greater mission to complete the episode. Now, each season has an arch and there's a longer thread pulling all the seasons together. They are still doing monster of the week episodes here and there, but the show has taken a hard turn toward focusing on the characters. And while the stories strain and test the relationships between the characters and they go through some changes, somehow, they are still the same characters we know and love from the beginning. Only more grown up.

I don't know. Maybe I'm just a stupid fan girl, but there has to be a reason they've made 13 seasons and have no sign of stopping. They have to be doing something right. lol

I'm not sure that was helpful or not. I'm doing my best to make up for it, but there's a huge gap in my life, absent of reading and writing. During that gap, I watched a crap ton of movies and television. So, that's where most of my storytelling knowledge comes from when I write.

I think episodic stories would be a fun thing to dive into. I hope you find your way!  ;D

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Writers' Corner / Re: Swearing in Writing
« on: May 16, 2018, 12:25:35 AM »
I'm not bothered by swearing, but I've been told, you're likely to turn more people off with it than draw them in. So it's better to leave it out and widen your audience. But I say, do what fits the story though. If that's who your character is, then be true to them :)

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Writers' Corner / Re: How Long Are Your Novel Outlines?
« on: May 16, 2018, 12:22:41 AM »
I use my rough draft to outline. I end up with a extremely detailed outline, dialogue and all, but a super short draft, about 30K words, that needs a lot of revisions. xD I like it though.

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Writers' Corner / Posted my first short story on my blog
« on: May 16, 2018, 12:20:50 AM »
Since my publisher went out of business and my novel is now homeless, I needed to do something to fill the hole left by the hype I had been building for it. Thanks to my husband's encouragement, I've decided posting short stories on my blog every month would do the trick!

And I posted my first one today! I'd love if you would pop over and give it a read. Maybe leave a like and/or comment ? Thanks everyone!

Kaia would gladly give up her eternal blessing to be with Theo. But with the warning he brings on the day of her first Sculpting, she may have to give up more than she ever imagined.

https://annmarieswaim.com/2018/05/15/under-the-amethyst-sky/

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Writers' Corner / Re: The Publishing Info Thread
« on: May 16, 2018, 12:03:58 AM »
@ChirpyAnn  You may find what you are looking for in this section

Open for Submissions

There are several small publishers mentioned and some comment which may start you off on checking out further. It will also tell you who asks for submissions but then fizzles out and nothing happens, so have a good read through. If any particular one interests you ask again as someone here may have experience or dealt with them. I think you will find from the last few posts that our own Cameron Johnston is very happy with AngryRobot at present  ;D

Thanks! And I'm definitely going to need it now since my publisher went out of business... GAHHHH! Oh well, it's all part of the journey, right? Again, thank you so much!!!

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Writers' Corner / Re: The Publishing Info Thread
« on: March 22, 2018, 06:32:03 PM »
This is such a great post! I had to learn most of this stuff on my own. Wish I had found this place a lot sooner lol

This post seems to be geared toward traditional publishing and I know there's a sub-forum for self pub, but what about small pubs? Not vanity, but legitimate small publishers.

When I started querying, I thought my only options were traditional and self pub and everything else was out to rip me off. Turns out that's not the case, and I would have loved to know more about the world of small pubs so I could have started submitting to them sooner.

Anyway, I couldn't find that a post like this already exists for small pubs, maybe with a list of those that are proven to be legitimate or discussing whether or not they are, kind of like the absolutewrite.com forum. I was wondering if this was something we could start? To help authors grow their options for getting published and get the most use out of all the good info from this post!

If it does exist, could someone please point me in the right direction? I'd like to add my publisher to the list since they're open for submissions :)

Thanks!

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I agree with Skip, first and foremost. The first thing you write will be crap. The most important thing is getting it written the first time. You can't edit a blank page, as they say.

I would suggest understanding what's important to the character. Unless you're a strict outliner and have every detail planned out in advance, you're probably not going to know what's important until you've finished that first draft. So write everything. I like to use film making as a comparison. Film everything, plenty of coverage, you can always edit out what you don't need later.

From your example, I would say what's important is not the bowls, but the emotional reaction the character has to the bowls. I would start like this...

"I've never cared much for pottery."

We instantly have a personal connection with the character. We can identify with not liking something. We can't really identify with an inanimate object on a table. In first person POV, IMO, character comes first, then whatever details the character finds important about the scene.

Now I would ask some questions. Why is the main character noticing this? Where are they and why are they there? If they have to pick up one of the bowls, why are they picking it up? If they don't like pottery, then they aren't picking it up to admire it. Are they faking their admiration for someone else's benefit? Are they bored and fidgeting? Are they a detective, looking for evidence? These are the things that I think about with everything my characters do. I always ask, why?

The better you know your character, the better you'll get at writing descriptions, because you'll know why they notice it and tell the reader about it. If your character has a reason to care about the look of the bowl, every intricate detail, then describe it. Even if they don't like pottery, they could be fascinated with how it was painted or some other aspect.

IMO, especially with first person POV, get to know the character as intimately as possible and they'll tell you what you need to write.

Good luck :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your Top 10 List of 2017
« on: January 21, 2018, 12:17:48 AM »
You guys are reading beasts! So many books on other lists I don't know  ;) and a lot already on my TBR. I have so much work to do  :P

I only read 24 books in 2017, because I spent more time writing than reading in 2017, so not many to choose from. I also only gave 3 books a 5 star rating. But I'm pretty tough with my ratings. The first 3 books on my list are the ones I rated 5 stars, and the rest are the books that I would definitely reread. That's why I couldn't make it to 10.

1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
2. The Heart of Betrayal
3. Cybele's Secret
4. A Court of Thorns and Roses
5. The Kiss of Deception
6. The Beauty of Darkness
7. A Court of Mist and Fury


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Writers' Corner / Re: Consequences of stories being set on Earth.
« on: December 31, 2017, 02:10:25 AM »
When I started writing my first book, I thought setting it on Earth would make it easier because of the established system. But then, as I wrote I found it increasingly more difficult because I was constantly having to fact check. And I hate that! xD It was a portal fantasy, so all I had to do was get through the part until we got off Earth. Then I encountered all new problems. Where my MC would make comparisons to Earth and things like religion started coming up. I didn't want to get into stuff like that, but it ended up being relevant to the world building. I'm going to be more careful about these things in the future. 

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Writers' Corner / Re: Publisher picked up my book!
« on: December 31, 2017, 12:40:30 AM »

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Writers' Corner / Re: Publisher picked up my book!
« on: December 30, 2017, 06:04:38 PM »
That's cool! I was about to do the #pitmad thing on the 7th too but something came up and I wasn't about. Was it F&B publishing that took it directly, or an agent?

It was the publisher. They have an acquisitions editor who has been in the business for like 20 years. And their content editor has books published with S&S. They're small and new, but I believe they're making a real go of it.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Publisher picked up my book!
« on: December 29, 2017, 11:32:41 PM »
Oh well done! :)
I'm so pleased for you! It's such a fantastic feeling that somebody ACTUALLY wants to publish something you wrote. Most of us writers tend to assume the worst at any given moment.
Good luck with the edits!

No kidding! A part of me is still waiting for the other shoe to drop. It's surreal xD

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Writers' Corner / Re: Publisher picked up my book!
« on: December 29, 2017, 10:31:07 PM »
Congrats, that must feel great :D

It does, but mostly it's overwhelming. I haven't been able to write for a week! I'm hoping, once I get feedback, the harsh reality of having my work torn apart by a professional will bring me back to Earth xD lol But not crush me...

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Writers' Corner / Re: Publisher picked up my book!
« on: December 29, 2017, 09:45:57 PM »
Very much so, Lady Ty! I participated in #Pitmad on Twitter, December 7th this year and they liked my pitch. I'd been through a lot of rejections with this MS and expected the same with FaB. I had a little trouble believing it when I received the email. I did a ton of research though and figured, since they didn't want my money, I had nothing to lose! They've been really nice. Lots of communication. I think this is a great move for my first time out :)

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Writers' Corner / Publisher picked up my book!
« on: December 29, 2017, 09:29:49 PM »
I'm so excited. My book is going to be published! It's a new, small press. Not vanity, they didn't ask for a dime. They have experienced editors. And the cover designer is great!

Here's a link to my book's page on their site. Cover is still in the works.

http://fyreandbrimstonepublishing.com/coming-soon

All the FF people have been a huge inspiration to keep me going! Seeing some of the crazy stuff you all read just proves there's a reader out there for every book  ;D
 
*does a happy dance*

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