Celebrate the one year anniversary of the launch of Typehammer with us and learn about the magic “Prestige” trick when writing, finding your blogging voice, and using Novelize to plan your novel.
[00:01:17] John’s not reading anything.
Mike, also reading nada.
Eric is reading The Bismark, a novel by one of our listeners, Lou Yuhasz.
What’s happening online
Indiana Jones: Learning Scriptwriting from Tom Stoppard
[00:03:36] Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Learning from Stoppard looks at the revisions Tom Stoppard made to Jeffrey Boam’s script shows the many ways Stoppard improved the script in these areas:
- Comic Reversals
A Short Fiction Trick
[00:04:39] A Short Fiction Trick by Coldhandboyack.
I relate this story structure to a magic trick. I learned the words in a movie called The Prestige. It’s been a few years, so I had to Google the words to refresh my memory. The premise is the stages of an illusion performed on stage.
The Setup: Get the central idea in there right away. The title of the story isn’t too soon. Show the audience readers what the illusion story is about.
The Performance: This part is relative to The Setup, but it’s all about misdirection and deception.
The Prestige: This is the “ooh aah” part of the story. This is the big revelation that readers never saw coming.
[00:05:37] Another list of 24 Things that Only Writers Know
Crowdsourcing For Hire
[00:07:07] Crowds on Demand discusses a service you can hire to get a crowd on demand. You could do your own buzz building by hiring a crowd to come to your book signing.
Tech Focus – Novelize
Novelize is a web-based SaaS application. It is touted to be much like Scrivener or Apollopad. A free account lets you try one novel and notebook. There’s also many more features available only in the paid version.
Craft Talk – Blogging
[00:18:42] Let’s talk about blogging! Eric’s been trying to write some blog posts. He found an article 14 Little Things to Make Your Content Better that was helpful, but he’s always looking for more ideas to make his blog writing better.
Some author blogs: