In this episode we get rational about fiction, talk about the importance of structure, externalize the internal and look at using Novlr.
Works in Progress
[00:00:34] Eric has:
I have made a grave mistake.
He added over 10-thousand words to Prince of Pigeon Hill. It was a little short in the first place, so this is good, but usually he cuts in later drafts rather than adding.
John is working on plotting a new story. He’s trying to make sure he does all the plotting before he writes too much.
Mike has a few blog posts ready to go and is working on a talk for Wordcamp St. Louis. He’s working on a story called Arden, a science fiction story. It will be a bookshot/novellete.
John is still making his way through The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson.
“I think this novel is above my pay grade.”
It’s a fantasy novel with economic and political intrigue, which is a little tough for him.
What’s happening online
Star Wars Ipsum
[00:07:32] Surely it isn’t possible to be tired of the Bob Ross Ipsum generator, but if you are, there’s always the Star Wars Force Mipsum. This one generates dummy text from the dialogue of the original trilogy. You can also use it to generate a list of character names or locations.
The Science behind Procrastination
[00:08:10] Why Wait
Joss Whedon on Writing
“Structure is hard. Structure is always hard, and the most important thing,” admitted Whedon. “Structure is work. It’s math, it’s graphs …”
Whedon says he does color charts like a PowerPoint presentation. He colors what’s scary, funny, where we know things or not to keep things flowing and intersecting.
Tech Focus – Novlr
[00:12:07] Novlr is another writing app. Novlr is a web-based app developed by Kim and Thomas.
Eric finds himself with a case of app-fatigue. He found the site limited in what he could do.
You can backup to Google Drive or Dropbox. You can also export to Word, PDF and ODT. It’s in settings for the novel. The word counters are nice. It does not count pasted words or words that are deleted.
It doesn’t support Markup, but John questions how much that’s needed by authors who aren’t coders for a day job. There are notes, and John’s still doesn’t like having a generic dumpster for notes and would much rather connect a note to a specific bit of text.
Novlr has an offline mode in case your internet is down, and versioning as well.
There is a 14-day free trial and 100/year.
Novlr has a great feature list. The developers are very open about where the app is headed.
Craft Talk – Externalizing the Internal
[00:21:40] Eric came across a topic in screenwriting called “externalizing the internal”. Characters don’t say they are happy or sad, the film must show how they feel by “following the want”. The same thing should happen in your prose as a novelist.