This episode we take a look at inciting incidents, getting 100 rejections a year and using Sweek.
Works in Progress
[00:26] Eric is busy as a bee. He’s made a mistake and went to print out the full content of Prince of Pigeon Hill and printed it out in a huge font with large margins. It’s looking like a copy of War and Peace.
He’s past 40,000 words of the other first draft.
He continues to write his Revue newsletter. Eric is having fun writing it.
John was doing well, but not so much anymore. He’s working on The Rend, his post-apocalyptic story. He has been writing using Chris Fox’s methods. But he’s been out east for his son’s lacrosse tournaments and that has killed his desire to write after a hot day in the sun. Writing pen on paper has helped some.
Mike’s still playing with the Ricky Cage screenplay. He’s learning a lot about the screenplay format, but it’s led to editing while writing. Mike has also printed a bunch of material that he’s building into his content calendar book.
[09:41] Mike is reading Angelic Music: The Story of Benjamin Franklin’s Glass Armonica by Corey Mead, about the first musical instrument invented by an American, the Glass Armonica.
John is reading Destroyer by Chris Fox, the first book in the Fox’s Void Wraith trilogy.
What’s Happening Online
Reality is a Bubble
Reality is a bubble is an article about Philip K Dick, the fictionalizing philosopher. Dick died before his works became popular movies and he became an icon in the science fiction realm.
Notebooks in the iPhone Era
Why the Humble Notebook is Flourishing in the iPhone Era explores the craze of bullet journaling and the use of paper notebooks.
You can learn more about Bullet Journaling on the official website.
Young Frankenstein book
Why you should aim for 100 rejections a year. Kim Liao suggests that writers aim for 100 rejections a year. Instead of attempting to set a goal based on acceptances, which you cannot control, you can control how many submissions you send out.
Dictionary Stories are very short stories composed entirely of example sentences from various dictionaries.
Tech Focus – Sweek
[18:56] Sweek is an Android-only app for short stories and serialized writing. It is a very simple app with bold, italic and hyperlinks for stories.
Thing is a regular email of fiction and writing from people.
Craft Talk – Inciting Incidents
[24:56] We talk about inciting incidents a little bit more. Many advise that the inciting incident happen as close to the beginning of the novel as possible.
The inciting incident is something that happens to the protagonist that drives the story. In Blade Runner, Deckard is brought into his former boss’s office, and he is given a job regardless of whether or not he wants it. That external force is the inciting incident.