Episode 22 - My Little Pony
In this episode, we cover online editing with typewrite.io, writing loglines, and we announce the Typehammer compound campaign. We also answer the question on everyone's minds: Is Eric a Bronie?
Works in Progress
[00:00:39] John is working on his hobo story. He edited the first scene and let his wife read it.
She was very gracious. She did not stick a fork in her eyes in the middle of the restaurant.
His wife had some good feedback. He's trying to get the balance right on being descriptive but not describing things that aren't important to the story. Showing his wife the first scene was good to understand if his writing is heading in the right direction or not.
He also took a few pages of notes for a NaNoWriMo story universe. It would be a science fiction story set on a generation ship.
[00:02:28] Eric is making slow progress on his rewrite of Don't Wake Up. Finished chapter 1 of Faith, Love and Rust and pushed it out to the #saturdayscenes on Google+ as well as publishing it on Penflip for feedback. Eventually it will end up on Scribophile.
Road of Fire will return when the rewrite of Don't Wake Up is done.
[00:03:47] Mike is in research mode for Zero Ward as he puts together the timeline for his story. He's making sure most of his characters are in the right places at the right time.
What's happening online
[00:04:11] Eric continues to bring us Wall Street Journal articles in paper form. 15 Books to Read this Fall had two books jump out to Eric. The first is City of Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. It is probably not something he'll read, but the book review caught his eye:
The debut novel nabbed its author a nearly $2 million advance, according to someone familiar with the matter, an unusually high sum that grabbed headlines when the deal was inked.
This is an unusual sum of money for an unknown author. John suspected there was a bidding war over the work.
Getting Started as a Fiction Writer on Medium
[00:06:22] In Episode 17 we talked about a post by Tom Farr @farrtom about the stage and POV. Tom wrote another post on writing fiction on Medium.
Write a Great Story
Don’t Just Write Fiction - sometimes this is a better way to get noticed.
Join a Publication - there are curated fiction magazines on Medium
Market Your Stories - write a post talking about your fiction
Promote Your Stories on Social Media
Network with Other Fiction Writers
Tag Your Work as Fiction
Tokyo Bookstore Only Stocks One Title at a Time
Store owner Yoshiyuki Morioka only stocks a single book each week in his Tokyo bookstore. The goal is to create an experience with a focus on the one book. Each night there is an event focused on the book.
[00:08:58] Mike is reading Content, Inc. by Joe Pulizzi. The author is referred to as the "Godfather of Content Marketing". The book is about "How Entrepreneurs Use Content to Build Massive Audiences and Create Radically Successful Businesses" and is relevant to Mike's content strategy book.
Eric got an evening to read The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver but ended up looking at a book on mid-century furniture instead.
Tech Focus - Typewrite.io
[00:12:11] Typewrite is a self-contained writing site allowing you to compose in a browser window. It does not have Dropbox or Github support. It has a nice editor, but only allows single documents. You can't create a novel or chapters with Typewrite. Everything is saved automatically when you stop typing. Different versions can be saved and there's a nice interface for switching between different versions of the document by using a slider at the bottom of the versions screen.
Craft Talk - Writing Loglines
[00:20:12] In Episode 18 we discussed ways to keep track of your ideas and using a swipe file. K.W. Weiland wrote a post New Story Ideas Distracting You From Your Book? Find Out What You Should Do. In her post, one of her recommendations is writing a logline.
A logline lists the protagonist, their goal, the antagonistic force and the stakes.
Don’t use a character name, Use an adjective: Not "Bill Price", "An alcoholic US Marshall" instead. Also, don't reveal the ending.
When [INCITING INCIDENT OCCURS], a [SPECIFIC PROTAGONIST] must [OBJECTIVE], or else [STAKES].
Get Examples from IMDB for movies.
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.
With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
There is a website Loglines where authors can submit a logline and readers can review and comment on the logline.
The Point when the Show Went South
It turns out Eric knows all about My Little Pony, but is not a bronie.
Eric wants to start a Kickstarter to purchase a Typehammer writing compound in Door County.