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Writers' Cafe / Re: I think I'm done with plotting
« on: Today at 09:55:59 AM »
I think most plotters would say that they're not actually as fixed as a subway train. Most don't slavishly follow their outline if the story in the writing wants to make some changes.

Every time people bring up the plotting vs. pantsing thing, it becomes clear that a whole lot of people don't really understand what those terms really even refer to.

I was being literal. You can't drive anywhere on a highway at any time you want because...other people driving in cars...there might be problems.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I think I'm done with plotting
« on: Today at 04:54:13 AM »
By the way, there ought to be better names than just "plotting" and "pantsing." The latter just sounds very goofy. How about the "Subway" method for plotting, and the "Highway" method for pantsing? A subway has a fixed schedule and has only one route, but on the highway, you can go wherever you want at any time.

In context I know what you mean, but you set it up and I can't help myself...god forgive me. I think other people on the Highway would really beg to differ. Sure, you can go wherever you want, but not without consequences... :P

I guess there's something like that in the case of 'highway writing' too. You can go wherever you want, but the consequences may just be a meandering boring novel. On the other hand, I think you can plan certain elements you want to see play out, and it can enrich the organic flow of writing (just borrowing and tossing around terms from this thread now).


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: Today at 02:51:48 AM »
I wrote a rambling piece about the social media experiment and my thoughts in general about the differences between the articulation of writers, and everyone else.

https://www.scottdmarmorstein.com/blog/2018/4/13/lost-in-words

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I don't have that problem. I have three or four stories in various stages of written progress on 'paper' at any time.

When I get bored with one (or lose enthusiasm, or get writer's block on it, to where it stops flowing), I move on to one of the others.

I'll also jot down a blurb when a new story comes to my head, file it in its own folder for easy reference later on.

I usually write one non-fiction thing and one fiction thing during the same period of time together for what seems like similar reasons. I would get too lost in characters and story to write more than one fiction at a time. That's also how I tend to read books. One non fiction, one fiction.

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I keep something to write with (phone, notepad, etc) by my side at all times. If I don't write the idea then, it just percolates until it becomes the shinny new object that I want to write about instead of my WIP. I have too much going on upstairs to properly write if I don't.

Same here. Always.

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Yes. It's hard to commit to just one idea, because I know I'll be dealing with it for several months of production, and at several points it will feel like the stupidest of all possible stupid ideas. It would be nice to write shorter books so the commitment wasn't so heavy.

Amen! (And I'm not even religious--unless you count writing.)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Opinions on my cover
« on: Yesterday at 09:04:58 AM »
It's a good looking cover to me.

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You know how your mind can conjure a lot of stories all at once (not necessarily good or even decent stories, just millions of ideas) but then you sit to write and the storm is so large you feel like there's nothing you can say? Is it just me?

Anyone?

Beuller?

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I usually get to the 75k mark and start panicking...dang it, I'm only half way through!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover feedback on a humorous thriller please
« on: April 10, 2018, 09:07:22 AM »
For my money, I'm thinking it would be funnier to replace 'idiots' and 'morons' with

Nimrods

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How would you write it?
« on: April 10, 2018, 05:14:47 AM »
I dunno why but I'm sure it would have ended up like this for me:

Stanley rolled his eyes and said, "Goat poop stinks."
I rolled my own eyes, agreeing silently.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Does a career as a writer lead to divorce?
« on: March 28, 2018, 09:55:10 AM »
I've been so many things over the years, but among all the things I've done to earn money, my wife has constantly and tirelessly supported my writing and publishing habit. That said, I am working a full-time day job for benefits and steady income until I can get this crazy idea of actual revenue streams coming in lifted off the proverbial ground. She's even (brutally) helped edit my books.

I just look at all the cross-outs (sometimes entire pages) and nod my head. Yep, she's right. I may shed a tear or two, but she tells me when she does or doesn't believe a character, asks why the mc sucks, or tells me I need to eliminate an entire chapter and start over. I know she's right because she always follows up with: "I know when you write really well. Your best writing is the stuff I leave alone and wish there was more of. When it's crap I'll tell you because I know you can write much better."

I've threatened to quit many times, and she either ignores that idea or tells me I'm delusional. Between all of us and the nearest thousand or so forum lurkers, she's a genius renaissance woman.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Your personal experience with cover redesigns
« on: March 28, 2018, 02:38:11 AM »
You can see in my thumbnails in my sig below the books Pursuit and Plight. These are brand new covers I made myself. They look pretty darn good, aren't cartoony, and don't rely on people (except the silhouette of a man running away on Pursuit).

I've had no uptick in sales on them in years. I redid them for my own delight at this point while I toil away at getting new content produced. THe third book in the series for example. And a new wizard book I'm 70% of the way through writing. Got great feedback on the wizard cover from kboards (I made it myself, and it's here at the top of the page if you wanna see: www.scottdmarmorstein.com/wiz )

In no way have my efforts of making better book covers converted to sales. I need to attack blurbs--and they've been written and rewritten numerous times. No change. And I'm not worried because my books are just another statistic. I'm hoping to break through the stats with the wizard book. But you still have to write the best darn book you can.

Also I don't write to market. I write what I got in me at the time. And that's all I got.  ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Too much dialogue, not enough description
« on: March 26, 2018, 03:30:34 AM »
I often find that setting can actually be a character that influences the MC, or SC's--sometimes positively, but often adversely in some way. The setting creates a mood for the reader. If done effectively, these 'scenes' can be done in one or two sentences.

The sky was full of looming dark clouds threatening to burst rain. The wind picked up dead leaves and tossed aluminum cans across the parking lot. Despite the warm day, the breeze sent chills into Roy's spine.

Now you know it's a setup. This description above (not great, but not bad either, as an example) sets up the tension for the reader. The scene just became a character of dread and in only a couple of sentences. Now you can put in a great deal of dialogue and action sequences all exciting the reader and driving your story towards the punch of the plot (so to speak).

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: March 25, 2018, 07:20:08 AM »
In which I write about and show some updated book covers for my backlist.

https://www.scottdmarmorstein.com/blog/2018/3/22/fresh-paint-matching

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Konrath signs with Kensington
« on: March 25, 2018, 07:16:05 AM »
He helped me get into the self-pub game. I say good for him. Not a hypocrite, a savvy businessman is all.

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Chronicles of Ionar... even better! Now you can stop futzing with the cover and finish the book!  :P

 ;D

Ok, we all know making covers is the writer's best procrastination tool...(Hangs head and shuffles back to open document.)


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Youtube version of audiobook
« on: March 18, 2018, 05:55:53 AM »
All the sudden I don't feel so bad about not having audio versions of my books. On the other hand, it wouldn't exactly be easy to listen to anyway. Man, I have a long way to go.

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That's a serious transformation from the beginning of the thread. Colour, layout, typography, even the title, all a million times better.

Good work!

Thank you very much!

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Scott, the blue looks so much better. I saw your cover a couple of months back, and this is a huge improvement. :) ;D

Thank you!

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Can you spot the new difference? I had to rename it a little...


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Ok, where's the buy button?  ;D
Me like.  8)

Thanks! Still gotta finish writing and editing it down. It will show up in my list of books in my signature when it's available.

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Just to get a sense of the full wrap around cover...


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Holy hot dangums! That's an amazing transformation from what it used to be.

It looks a bit wide which may be an issue if you do a paperback version with this cover image.

But do you like it?  ;D

It's not wide. The dimensions are correct. I cropped it a little wide on purpose so it doesn't look too weird. It's actually set to the specs of a 5x8 paperback cover.

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Going off the suggestion to move away from a red background and enter more of a blue color (for magic purposes), here's the latest. Sorry it takes me so long, but...life.


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