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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you edit while writing your first draft?
« on: November 09, 2018, 02:30:50 pm »
New writer here. I've heard some things about not editing while you write your first draft.

I find that editing while I write helps me evolve my characters and write in a more consistent way. I usually do this after writing a scene, then go over the last few chapters after writing a chapter.

How does everyone here choose to write? Also, do you outline everything you want to write in detail then flesh it out, or just write a quick summary you can refer to and build as you write?

Cheers

I edit as I'm considering what to write. I cannot (nor do I want to) turn it off.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do authors really really really need a website? Poll
« on: November 09, 2018, 02:28:00 pm »
I mean really, is the investment in a good website really worth it? Do you see any ROI? Are fans really 'participating' on your website?

Setting the poll now. Or tell me in the comments. I'm curious if there's any divide in the answers. Personally, I'm not convinced a website has much (if any) impact. Perhaps especially true for newcomers to the indie publishing field.

There will likely be a lot of rigidly held opinion here, but although I have been using the internet daily since the days when it was called ARPANET and there were no WEB sites, I have never purchased, nor been influenced toward making a purchase by a private website. I can't see any point. A private website would be unlikely to provide unbiased reviews, would be limited in the range of material offered, and would possibly require me to provide credit details to an unknown entity. I stick to the big resellers.

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Yep.

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For a concrete example of Autistic people reacting to the misrepresentations on the show Atypical, Ryan Boren has a blog post with lots of links to blog posts and tweets by Autistic people.

"Atypical and Autism Representation"

https://boren.blog/2017/08/26/atypical-and-autism-representation/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
How about you give me an example of something that I might "react" to in a novel? Something that you are going to warn people off about. I cannot imagine anything at all that would create a problem for me, as long as the novel is well written and in a genre I enjoy. I don't care what they say about Aspies, it doesn't affect me. Recently I read something about scuba diving that was ludicrously wrong. The writer claimed that Scuba tanks were filled with pure oxygen. That irritated me. Nothing she said about her characters would concern me - I am aware that many people don't have a background that allows them to understand Autism Spectrum and the MANY ways it can affect people. Inaccuracies about Autism affects me no more than a lack of awareness about something like surfing or sailing, something I have been doing since childhood.

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Folks, let's please not get into a feeding frenzy here. I've spent a lifetime working in special needs and with those who don't have any formal diagnosis. Sadly I still come across people who have no concept of disability, they just don't get it. I see a great need for sensitivity coaching but don't believe it should be limited to authors.

Not so. ABSOLUTELY NOT SO! I am an Aspie and I do NOT need any special consideration from anybody purely because of that. In what possible way can people like me benefit from something as nebulous as Autism sensitivity training in others? None.  I am not damaged, I am not disabled, I am not special, I am not negatively affected by this. I live with it, I am used to it, I have never had any wish to be any other way. I have advantages that I would lose if I was suddenly made what is considered by these self-appointed "sensitivity" spokespeople as normal. It has nothing to do with other people either in real life or in the way they approach fiction. No one needs to be "sensitive" to me. I find the idea offensive and disturbing.
Perhaps what I find most offensive is that people like the OP seem to regard those with Autism as disabled, as damaged. Autism is a DIFFERENCE not a disability. I might not be the same as many people, but I am not lacking anything of import that they might have.
One of my Daughters and one of my grandsons are also Aspies. The daughter I am referring to graduated from a prestigious University at age seventeen with two first class degrees. My grandson is Dux of his school. Aspies don't need any special consideration other than from family in their very early years.

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There are absolutely individuals who offer sensitivity reading services for those writing about black characters, gay characters, trans characters, or just about anything you can think of. It's not about "othering" anybody. It's about getting another pair of eyes on your manuscript that can look at it through a more specialized viewpoint. Most sensitivity readers don't claim to be the authority on the subject, but that they can usually offer some unique insight that might be difficult to glean from research alone.

That said, I'm not surprised most comments here seem to be against it. I'm only sorry OP is being belittled for offering a service intended to help authors better their work.
Offering a service does not mean that it is valid or useful. There are people who offer to speak to the dead on your behalf.
 
I am in my '60s and grew up with an awareness that I was different, and that was made very clear by being part of a group of children who were several times per year sent to a facility for study. In those days Asperger's was unheard of. I had a high IQ and little interest in social interaction. For instance I regarded things like Superman Comics to be ridiculous. (Tho' I liked Walt Disney comics.) I am still in touch with many of those peers from my childhood and all of us are different. No self-proclaimed Autism "expert" could possibly instruct others as to how we respond to any stimuli. Those who claim to be able to know all those who are Autistic, simply because they are Autistic are as delusional and offensive as those claim to be able to speak for, and categorise, all Black people, or all Asian people.

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Have you got an Autistic character in your writing?

Your word choices can and will lose you sales.

I am an Autistic memoirist and writer. There are large chunks of Autistic people who have not and will not ever read my books. At least until I update them. (See research item #2)

You can insult and belittle a lot of Autistic people by the words you use and things you leave out. For instance: Only focusing on the positives and not acknowleging the pure hell or overwhealm of 'simple' tasks.

The worst thing for us Autistic people when the *reasons* of our characteristics and reactions are guessed at.

I am offering a paid consultancy service ($80 AUD) plus referals to three beta readers ($260 AUD) for your writing.

You will receive written feedback that includes red flags, recommendations for manuscript changes, and pointers for author research.

Even when you prefer to do your own research, you really do need a number of Autistic beta readers before publishing.

Please note that you will need to communicate clear and concise directions, with clearly written boundaries. We take words literally, and rarely read/ see/ hear "hidden meanings" and "unwritten rules".

Here are some key terms to research when writing Autistic charactors:

Note: Bullet points with Ref) mean I will outsource to other Autistic consultants who have direct experience in them, and have exhaustively researched those topics.

* Why the phrase "Nothing about us without us" including Atypical, Rainman, and The Good Doctor boycotting
* Ref) Person first vs identity first language
* Ableism and its consequences
* Co-morbid conditions and DSM 5
* Autistic burnout
* Refusal to assess and even diagnose females, especially adult women
* Ref) Autism Sp$aks and ABA torture
* Ref) Varied colours of Autistic representation and puzzle piece history
* Ref) Gender diversity including asexual, epicine, and transgender
* Birth gender> transgender> birth gender
* Ref*) Discrimination of Autistic white males compared to *Autistic PoC, Autistic females, white Autistic females, and *Autistic LGBTIQ people

Regards,

Karletta Abianac
[email protected]
Like many responding to you, I'm an Aspie. (Nowadays in many parts of the world referred to as "high functioning Autism) I find your attitude offensive. There is no one "type" of autism spectrum personality, any more than there is any one type of coffee or tea drinker. Shows like Doc Martin, Big Bang Theory, Bones etc., all portray protagonists who are Autistic and because of that I doubt that many media aware people do not recognise the commonly focused on traits. There is certainly no sensitivity coaching required.  Although you mention "guessing" at issues, that is exactly what you are proposing. You would not have a hope in hell of determining my personality merely from an awareness that I am autistic. For instance many people seem to regard all Aspies as being unable to understand humour or sarcasm. I have an excellent sense of humour, and love playing practical jokes. When much younger sarcasm was difficult to understand as I took everything very literally. Nowadays I'm often accused of being sarcastic.

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DarkScribe

You write: I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU IN COURT!

Actually, you can offer your services to KBoards and to JamesH. Perhaps probono

We can see in court what constitutes 'expressing an opinion' and what constitutes 'defamation'
I you have legal representation who suggest that you can win a defamation action based on a negative opinion being expressed, then I suggest you find better lawyers. You will need them.

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JamesH, this is classic defamation

We will sue you for this and for your other defamatory claims


Wrong. You need to learn to differentiate between expressing an opinion and making a claim. Expressing an opinion is NOT defamation. For instance, everything I have read about you, sourced FROM your own company, causes me to form the opinion that you are a dodgy company that is best avoided. Now threaten me with a law suit - I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU IN COURT!

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That said, defending against a defamation suit will cost a few thousand just to get started, so some people might comply with takedown requests rather than go through the hassle.

Not necessarily. You can represent yourself in any action (forget the fool for a client nonsense) and in many cases, as long as you do proper research, you can win. In the past four decades I have had occasion to represent myself in court on seventeen occasions. I won sixteen of them. The one I lost was to a woman scorned who wasn't exactly honest regarding her claims. I have no legal training, although with a mother who was a Magistrate, I had a degree of familiarity with law. I'd love these lawsuit happy buffoons to try to sue me. They haven't as yet, even though I gave them a review that accused them of either being naive or dishonest.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Man With the Golden Typewriter - Ian Fleming
« on: August 26, 2018, 10:49:19 pm »
No, he didn't. "Blurb" means something else in trade publishing. The author does not write the blurb. Others do. Self-pubbers appropriated the term to mean something else.
Means something else? No it doesn't.

In those days it was back cover and dust jacket - but it still meant the same as now. Even my '60s OED describes Blurb as a publishing term that described promotional material printed on dust-jackets.  Also many prominent authors were involved in developing their "Blurb".

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Selling your book instead of publishing it
« on: August 23, 2018, 09:30:25 am »
This has got me curious: how do they classify stories between 1,000 and 3,500 words?
A shopping list?

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As with Amazon, Kobo is supposed to be putting out apps. I don't think they're out yet though. It is a pretty clumsy interface at the moment. *crossing fingers they're still working on it*

There is a Calibre plugin that allows you to download Kobo books from your Kobo account and convert them to whatever format you need. You have to install the Kobo for PC app from the Microsoft store first. I do the opposite - I convert ePubs to Kobo format. I prefer to use Kobo's reader with its waterproofing and night reading mode. If Amazon ever catches up with technology I'll consider going back to Kindle.

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Great.  Now we all want fork lifts.  :O

Is there any way to write a fork lift off on expenses?  In the old days, I'd have made a self-depreciating humble-brag comment about shoveling out all my rejection slips (get it?  I'm SOOO diligent about sending out my stuff!!).  But not these days.  It's all electronic, and I don't send to publishers anyway.
Tell the Tax Office that you have overfed your guard cat and now you need a forklift to move it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Scrivener 2 question . . .
« on: August 20, 2018, 08:57:37 pm »
I've already switched to Scrivener 3.

But what I'd like to know is what was the default PRINT font for Scrivener 2? I can't tell by looking at my books.
If I open a new document it has Courier New 12 point as the default font. Scrivener 3 has the same.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Why is everyone hating on cliffhangers????
« on: August 20, 2018, 08:13:43 pm »
I am writing a really long interconnected series. Every book ends in a cliffhanger.

All I keep reading is that people HATE cliffhangers and won't buy them.
I have never met anyone who "Likes" a cliffhanger, though I have met some who will tolerate them. To me it would be like going to a restaurant for a nice meal, then being asked to come back the next day for coffee and desert. I will not buy a book where I am forewarned about a cliffhanger. If I end up with one because there was no warning, I will leave a scathing one star review.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What makes readers buy books?
« on: August 16, 2018, 05:10:40 am »
This is quite a comprehensive survey. It also mentions Mark Dawson's survey.

https://selfpublishingadvice.org/opinion-what-makes-readers-buy-books/
What makes reader buy books?
 
The store's anti-theft system and security guards?

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See subject line.
I've scrolled through the responses and I'm surprised. Not one person has mentioned one of the best known, most recognisable movie stars of all time. Donald Duck.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Stand on one leg with eyes closed
« on: August 15, 2018, 06:13:41 am »
I try to walk 10k steps a day. I recommend walking for everyone who can.
Another FitBit owner? I walk or ride for ten-twenty kilometres daily.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: If everything is gripping, is anything gripping?
« on: August 15, 2018, 03:47:12 am »
. And what the heck do you say when something really does kind of stun you? :)
Ouch!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Stand on one leg with eyes closed
« on: August 15, 2018, 03:41:39 am »
I disagree. I used to be a truck driver while I sat a lot, traffic itself makes you move. A bus driver is in movement all the time, steering, greeting riders, swiveling head all the time looking at traffic, lights etc. Pilots I agree a bit with but they have the horizon to watch and a shifting plane under them which actively engages the inner ear. Boat captain the same, they may get cardiac arrest from sitting still so much but their balance is seldom bad... Secretaries? yes, many have the same non-motion stare at same point 3 feet from eyes workplaces.
We disagree. No problem. Many people disagree with me. I survive.  :D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Stand on one leg with eyes closed
« on: August 15, 2018, 03:12:03 am »
Yep. Time for a stay healthy writer thread.

Why this title?  A theory of mine: authoring is harmful to your balance.  ... que? ???



Nope. Disagree. It is little different to any other occupation where you spend a lot of time seated. I have not heard of bus drivers having a problem with balance. Nor Pilots, secretaries, school kids, etc., etc. Some people make an effort to maintain health - others don't. More to do with attitude than occupation. People who work on their feet are healthier than those who sit - hence the recent interest in standing desks. If you are looking to improve health - look to standing desks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any pilots in this forum?
« on: August 15, 2018, 02:15:17 am »
The motor is hydrogen powered. Solar energy is converted into electricity and hydrogen via a supercapacitator ( amorphology-tunable nickel-cobalt-iron double hydroxide nano-foam). But yes, the wings are larger (more surface to collect solar energy) that those of a Cessna.
Hydrogen powered with direct to motor fuel is good. You can even buy model planes operating on a Hydrogen system. Stored Hydrogen in an aircraft is dangerous - as the US Air Force discovered. It "diesels" and explodes. I own a Brown's Gas generator ( I knew Yul Brown in the '90s) and have a few ideas myself on "safe" use of hydrogen. BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota are all close to releasing Hydrogen Powered cars. I would suggest something as simple as a burst tyre. Aircraft would still operate, but with problems until gaining lift. You would need to balance, remove the tire in the other side if not on a nose wheel. Maybe - if on snow and ice - jerry rig a ski.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: If everything is gripping, is anything gripping?
« on: August 15, 2018, 01:54:47 am »
I use a strand of creeper.
I hire a Monkey.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any pilots in this forum?
« on: August 15, 2018, 01:44:08 am »
Thank you, DarkScribe!
The machine is a bit of a cross between the Solar Impulse 2 and a Cessna. But this might not help you much. Aside from being small, light, single engine, and solar powered, nothing is specified. I just don't want to come across as the total dork when I break the torque links in the nose strut and a takeoff isn't even possible anymore. The MCs have to build a runway of compacted snow on top of jumbled sea ice (they are in the Artic). The runway might not even be perfectly straight, so they'll have to drag something on the one side of the plane to steer it, and then drop the weight before takeoff. But I have no clue about flying, really.
Is it Solar Powered? If so the concept is improbable. The Solar Impulse needs an absolutely perfect runway - a long runway. It is effectively a sailplane or glider with very low powered electric motors. Single seat.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any pilots in this forum?
« on: August 15, 2018, 01:13:54 am »
I'm writing a science fiction and my MC's have just crash-landed a small aircraft on compacted snow and ice. The landing gear is slightly damaged (not enough to prevent takeoff, but enough to make it difficult). I was thinking of bent torque links in the nose strut. Would that prevent them from steering? Would that even happen with a bumpy landing, or would it be more likely that something else breaks?
It will depend a lot on what type of plane. Single/twin engine, stall speed - STOLS (Short Takeoff and Landing) - are easier than those that have a higher stall speed. It also depends on the terrain.

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