Timelines Giving You Fits?

Fabulous idea! I always struggle with timelines, and keeping things straight. Will try this out after I get home from work!

S.K. Nicholls

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If you write, or are even thinking about writing, you NEED this!  It is brilliant and it’s FREE!

If you struggle with timelines and need to know birthdays and ages, and ages at specific events in time, this is the program for you!

My new friend Vicki Thompson, from across the pond…yes the one who got me connected with the Scrivener courses at the perfect moment in time, has just done it again.

It comes to us via Wendy Clarke, and her exceptionally clever “new” husband (a keeper for sure).

It is called Wendy’s Story Timeline and it is available here, where you can also see the simple instructions.  No more scribbling out timelines that span five pages.  You can also see events in one character’s life relative to events in another’s at a glance.  No more marrying off your character at the age of eight! …

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Elevators and Ebooks – Guest post by David Burnett

David Burnett, I believe, speaks for many of us. I certainly enjoy the ease of having books on my eReader, and the small amount of space it takes up. I can’t give up my print books. I love the feel and texture of them. And like Mr. Burnett, working with non-fiction books (nursing books in my case) is difficult on an eReader. Here’s hoping we can continue to have both forms.

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Thanks so much to author David Burnett for stopping by and discussing the eBook vs print book war!

It was once said that elevators would replace stairs.

Why would they not? After all, elevators provide faster access than do stairs, are more efficient than are stairs, and cause less stress to the human body than do stairs. Why would one choose to tromp up a long flight of stairs instead of stepping into an elevator and being whisked away to one’s destination?

Of course, it didn’t happen. We have elevators, we have stairs, and we have escalators –moving stairs. They co-exist, each serving the same purpose, that of moving people and things from one floor, one level, to another.

We have all read the speculation that eReaders – Kindles, and Nooks, and iPads – will ultimately replace books. Indeed, sales of eReaders soared while bookstores closed.

The writer who reported…

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How to solve the plotter/pantser dilemma – Guest Post

I fall into the pantster side of writing. I have a starting character, with a minor problem and a fuzzy ending. Then I write to see where it takes me. Love the learning about my characters, seeing who comes and who goes, and where it all will take me.

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calvin-hobbes last minute panicToday we welcome author Alison Morton, who has ideas on how to quell the raging debate between plotting and pantsing.

Do you sit down at the keyboard and just write, a vague idea of the characters and their story swirling around in your head? Then you’re a pantser who writes by the seat of your pants. Maybe you plan every scene and chapter in meticulous detail, paying careful attention to the rules of structure used by your genre.Undoubtedly, you’re a plotter.

Well, I’m not entirely sure these extremes exist, in the same way that Elinor and Marianne Dashwood don’t but are symbols for extremes of Sense and Sensibility. When I write, I usually start classically: a character who is suddenly faced with a terrible dilemma, but I only discover how she’s going to resolve it once I start writing her story. However, sensible hat back on, I…

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So You’re Going to Give Your Character a Pet

I’m reblogging this because of the important information it contains. Pets in books are spectacular. Every book should have some kind of pet somewhere.

Legends of Windemere

So, you want to use a pet in your story.  Good idea.  There’s a long tradition of helpful animal companions of both natural and magical varieties.  It all comes down to what you want you’re looking for.  Here are some tips to get you started and know what to do with them:

  1. You can’t go wrong with a dog.  Even Riddick has a dog now.  The thing about dogs are that they’re loyal and come in a variety of shapes.  You can do a lot with a dog because of how they act in real life.
  2. You can go wrong with a cat.  Wild cats like tigers and panthers seem to work for primal characters like barbarians.  They can come in magical varieties too.  Sadly, a house cat might not work out too well for all characters.  Something to consider is that many villains have cats like Skeletor and Blofeld. …

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What Brings You Back from The End?

I have a long list of books I reread almost every year. Ender’s Game is on the top of that list, along with Citizen of the Galaxy, Little Women, The Dragon Keeper Chronicles and The Sword of Shannara. Such wonderful friends and companions through my whole life. Now, if I could only capture that elusive rereadability element for my own writing.

Legends of Windemere

thVideo games have replayability.  Movies and television have rewatchability.  These are very common, but what about rereadability?  That book that you always come back to when you feel like reading something.  You know the one.  The book you have practically memorized and you still try to read it every once and a while because something about it just brings you back.

For me this is Ender’s Game even though I haven’t memorized it.  Something about the characters and atmosphere of the world grips me every time. Ender Wiggin is an interesting character and his siblings share his level of depth.  There is a fascinating history woven into the book, which explains the mentality of the adults.  Overall, I think it’s a full-package of greatness and I can’t put my finger on the exact reason.  That might be why I keep coming back.  To catch that elusive key to rereadability and…

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