Works in Progress
John is working on a new short story Crimson Eyes based on a writing prompt from Write Time Writer’s Group. He’s also working on the second draft of Dispossessed.
John didn’t read anything in the last week.
What’s happening online
What Happens When You Write 11,000 Blog Posts tl;dr – You get fat.
Fake Pirate Sites
10 Words You’re Probably Using Right Now That Were Actually Invented by Authors
The list of words are: Banana Republic, Beatnik, Bedazzled, Catch-22, Cyberspace, Freelance, Hard-Boiled, Malapropism, Serendipity, and Whodunit.
John noted some author-invented words were missing. Robot was coined by a Czech playwright Karel Čapek’s 1920 play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots). Nerd was invented by Dr. Seuss in If I Ran the Zoo. “Grok”? was created Robert A. Heinlein in Stranger in a Strange Land.
Inkshares Inks TV Deal
For the first time, start-up crowdfunded publisher Inkshares has sold major TV and audiobook rights for one of its books. Titled The Show, the book is written by ex-Google employee Filip Syta and follows a Google-like company called Show and its culture of drugs, sex and partying.
TV rights offer was made by a soon-to-be-announced video streaming company in Europe, and the audiobook offer was made by Penguin Random House (PRH).
One reason Inkshares has been able to sell titles, Thomas believes, is because its digital platform records user data. The numbers help producers envision the potential success of an acquired title.
The Show isn’t the only Inkshares-published book that’s received TV rights inquiries, though. Another is Astronaut Instruction Manual, a children’s book that imagines a future in which there are jobs in space. Discussions about turning several other titles into documentaries are also in the works.
Tech Focus – Twitch.tv and Live Streaming
After listener Antonin turned us on to the idea of live streaming while editing his book, Eric and John decided to give it a try. Twitch.tv is a service primarily for gamers, but there is a “Creative” category in which artists, musicians and authors stream their work.
There is no love on reddit for Streaming Your Writing. Most of the comments there were of the “why on earth would you want to?” and “that sounds so boring!” variety.
Why would you want to live stream your writing as an author?
- Feedback (within reason)
Why would you want watch a live stream of an author?
- Learn new tips and techniques
- Offer feedback
Author Brandon Sanderson did a YouTube Live Stream in 2014 for charity.
Our live stream links:
Some other writers:
Craft Talk – Bad Words
There are words that make your writing weak.
John cheatsheet words:
a couple, a few, absolutely, actively, all, alleged, am, amazing, appeared, are, awesome, bad, basically, be, been, being, both, brainstorm, careful, carefully, certainly, comparatively, considerably, could, dazzle, decidedly, deeply, definite, definitely, emotional, even, every, extremely, eyes, fortunately, generally, get, getting, good, got, grin, have, he’s, hear, here’s, herself, himself, honestly, hopefully, I’m, in fact, in general, incredibly, inevitably, inherently, is, it’s, journey, just, keep, lay, look, mindfully, namely, necessarily, nice, okay, only, overall, particularly, per se, perhaps, personally, positively, presently, pretty, quickly, quiet, quietly, quite, rather, really, relatively, reportedly, resonate, saw, see, seemed, seriously, she’s, simmer, simply, since, sit, slowly, smile, smirk, so, so-called, some, somewhat, spoke, stand, stood, stride, strode, suddenly, that, that’s, there’s, they’re, thing, totally, truly, unfortunately, various, very, was, we’re, weird, were, what’s, whatever, who’s, you’re
Also, Chuck Palahnuik:
“In six seconds, you’ll hate me. But in six months, you’ll be a better writer. From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you may not use “thought” verbs.”
These include: Thinks, Knows, Understands, Realizes, Believes, Wants, Remembers, Imagines, Desires, and a hundred others you love to use.
The list should also include: Loves and Hates. And it should include: Is and Has, but we’ll get to those later.
(We discussed Chuck’s words in Episode 8)
How do you discover these words? Shaun David Hutchinson has a Word macro that will highlight your crutch words.