Yarny

I’ve had a mess with this site before and it’s certainly on my list of websites to consider should I need it.

The Claire Violet Thorpe Express

Over the weekend, I discovered this little site called Yarny, which is a site that helps you write your story in a less demanding environment. 

What’s unique about this site is that you can create snippets of a story and divide them into parts or chapters, list all the characters that are in the book, and even arrange to have the story published on Amazon. I figured that I would use this site to kick off a few short stories and some classics that have started to clog my brain as of late. 

Maybe I’ll use it for NaNoWriMo this year. Who knows?

Website address: https://yarny.me/

My books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent are available on Smashwords.com

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Writing only looks easy. But it can be learned.

Some great words of advice here. Never throw away your old stuff. Keep everything. Maybe, in the future, you can go back to it and realise you can use or recycle some of it.

Matthew Wright

Writing isn’t something you can sit down and do without training. It only looks that way.

Spot my title in the middle... Spot my title in the middle…

I’ve noticed, of late, various posts and comments around the blog-o-sphere along the lines of ‘my book is good, because I got positive comments on Good Reads (or Amazon, or Smashwords), so why did an agent say it was terrible?’

Or ‘I got positive comments on Good Reads, but the agent said the book needed this-and-this-and-this…’

Why? There’s no soft way to say this. Fact is that neither writer nor on-line reviewer actually knew what constituted a good book – meaning not just an abstract measure of quality and authorial competence, but what’s required for a specific market.

Agents do. So do commissioning editors.

What’s happened is that the aspiring writer’s sat down and thought ‘I want to be a writer’ – usually, meaning ‘novellist’. They’ve then churned out…

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One Page Synopsis

If like me you have problems writing one page synopsis’, then this might be of help.

Amanda Patterson, of Writers Write, has produced this info graphic to help people write them:

Source: How to Write a One Page Synopsis by Amanda Patterson, http://writerswrite.co.za/how-to-write-a-one-page-synopsis-1

This does reference the Basic Plot Structure, available here: http://writerswrite.co.za/basic-plot-structure-the-five-plotting-moments-that-matter. I know I definitely need to use this since I am horrible at writing synopsis’ and I hope this helps others.

World Building: Cultures

Some good points to consider if you are doing any type of world building.

Writer Block

     By culture I am referring to the distinct ways that a group lives their lives instead of the group’s symbols and creative aspects. Know the differences between the cultures in your world allows for both diversity and potential conflict. Knowing the specifics of a particular character’s cuture does the same – as well as helps you bring that character to unique life.

      As a reminder, culture traits are generalities – they are shared by most people in the culture but are shared to different degrees. There is still room for variation within a group even when they share language and dialect, aesthetics, gender expectations, social structure, and religious practices. Whether you are trying to understand your character’s surface culture or are trying to create new cultures, these are all key elements to examine. And of course a person can belong to multiple cultures and subcultures.

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My 2013 NaNoWriMo Tools, Part 2

Part 2 of this article, filled with more tools to help you out.

 

Fantasia Hearth

Ready for more tools? In today’s post, we’ll have Playing With Characters, Working Through a Block, and Just for Procrastination.

If you haven’t read Part 1 of My NaNoWriMo Tools, you can find it here

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