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  1. 3 points
    They hunger for life, so they stole from Death. Now, he wants her back. 😄 Roh
  2. 2 points
    Yesterday I took a big step on the technical side of self publishing. I figured out how to create a paperback version of Lightning Girls on Amazon and got the extended cover created and fitted to their margin specifications (which was 90% of the battle!). Now it's under review and I just have to wait for approval and for it to go live. Once it's live I'll be able to order my author copy and finally hold a physical book that I wrote in my hands! *runs around in circles*
  3. 2 points
    Describe your fantasy novel in 20 words or less! Um…let’s see. To save her people, a girl with magic must fulfill a prophecy while being pursued by a dark fairy queen. EXACTLY twenty words!
  4. 2 points
    Those all sound fun! Lets see... To rescue her sister, a woman makes a deal with a fae prince - She saves his kingdom, or both sisters die.
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    All three, in exactly the order you listed them and with varying emphasis. I usually linger on the "tear your hair out" and "fix it, somehow" stages. The "ignore it" lasts about long enough for me to have a hot chocolate. Fixing it isn't easy and sometimes I abandon the project for a little while to give myself time to think, but when I care about the project I really want to fix the plot holes and broken logic.
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    Immortal blood-sucker, her bearded bodyguard, and the God of Illusion, plays prank on other divines to help humanity survive. Eeh, not the best description, but a fun take on it, haha!
  7. 2 points
    An 18-year-old sorceress conjures a luck spirit to retrieve a grimoire that will save her from marrying and losing magic
  8. 2 points
    A ghost-whispering community organizer takes her assassinated mentor's place to lead the fight for her nation to become a democracy.
  9. 1 point
    Hoho, that is a very good point, @Tyrannohotep! I just find it very hard to get over that "falling apart" slump x)
  10. 1 point
    Under 50k I think is classified as a novella. You can google the numbers, they are fairly standard. My guess is that you'll have a really hard time finding a home for it unless you already have had publishing success. At a shorter length, you would have a better chance of publishing in a magazine or anthology. As a novel, you'll want it to be longer. Some genres are fine with 60k-75k, but 80k seems to be the mark you want to hit for most of them, with epic fantasy trending more toward 100k. If you want to describe your plot, we can offer suggestions on where to expand on it.
  11. 1 point
    Finished a 4.1k short this morning. It's very sword & sorcery in tone, so I plan to send it to publications specializing in that fare once I get it revised.
  12. 1 point
    Right now, the approach I am taking with my main WIP is simply to continue working on the first draft. Putting everything back together is for draft #2 and later. If I were to abandon a story every time it "fell apart", I'd never get anything done!
  13. 1 point
    I'm C. L. Polk, and I write fantasy novels. I live in Canada. When I'm not writing, I'm procrastinating on writing, usually by hunting for craft of writing discussions, or knitting. I sometimes watch television, but I don't really have favorites. I've been writing for a long time, I guess? but I quit writing in the middle of it, for about 8 years. I started again in 2014. I started by trying to write a novel, but I didn't really know how to do that, so I wrote short stories instead for a while, and now I'm back to novels again, even though I still don't really know how to write them. I'm not sure I have a favorite character to write about. They're my favorite while I'm writing them, because I am obsessed and I can think of nothing else...but then when I go on to a new project, there's a whole new set of people to preoccupy myself with. I created a fantasy world that isn't that interesting, honestly. it's a planet with conditions and features similar to earth's. there's a proto-dimension attached to it, and that place is pretty interesting, but I haven't written a story about it yet. my current work in progress is the last book of a trilogy, and I'm a little over halfway done. Last night I had a fairly well known author explain the how and whys of backdraft explosions in burning houses, but all the mistakes will be my own. I think i'll be finished in the middle of November, which is pretty much exactly what happens so I can't participate in Nanowrimo every year - i'm either just finishing a novel, or in the midst of editing and revising in November every year. I think I found out about worldsmyths by looking for discord communities on reddit. I clicked out of curiosity, and now i'm checking it out. Hmm. what else can I say? I like knitting and I have eclectic taste in music. I can try to answer your questions about the traditional publishing path, but I won't be much help for information about selfpub.
  14. 1 point
    @SecretRock Yes, exactly! That wish to feel somewhat "normal"/average is strong at times. Thanks for sharing!
  15. 1 point
    Lol, you know what I just realized? I was confusing you in my brain with @DragonGate, that's why I thought you had already introduced yourself. XD My bad!
  16. 1 point
    One of the biggest mental shifts I had that I believe led to me starting a career as a traditionally published author was defeating the idea that I had to be inspired to work. Now I'm not saying that True Writers Toil in Thankless Drudgery or anything like that. just that if I wait for inspiration as a prerequisite to sitting down and writing, I might not finish my work in a timely manner. And that's really important, because if you do wind up getting a book deal, then the next thing you're getting is a deadline, and so you don't get all the time in the world to finish a book any more. There are outliers, like Susanna Clarke, who just announced a new book fifteen years after she published Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. But they're the rare exceptions. Most of the time you're going to be asked to produce a book a year - which means you will have to plan, draft, revise, and polish a book in *less* time than that. and indie published writers? some of them publish SIX books a year to keep up with the demand for new content. What this means is that you need to be able to produce reliable work in a short period of time. So how can you do it? How do you balance consistent habits that keep you productive and ready to deliver your book on time? what do your your ideal work schedule look like? what's the compromise between your ideal schedule and the reality of your busy life?
  17. 1 point
    I get this. It's like, if you're the only person visibly struggling with something, it's easy to think of it as personal failure rather than something that's overall difficult. Knowing other people go through it also opens avenues to ask others how they get past it (just like this thread, lol).
  18. 1 point
    It's actually kinda nice to see that more people "struggle" with this. Not that I wish this upon people, but shared suffering, I guess? P: I have a project that I've been trying to work on for a long time and I just can't get the thing to make sense. I am very fond of the characters and what they are, but making it all come together in a logical way is difficuuult. I'm starting to figure out an approach to the "origins" of my mc these days, but it's so far away from how I imagined things to actually be, that I feel like I failed the character and the story a little x)
  19. 1 point
    Hands down I would chose emotional resonance. no question. I think it's the most important aspect of narrative.
  20. 1 point
    I don't write morally grey protagonists. I just... I don't feel like literature needs them as much as they need people who are trying to do the right thing, who are trying to protect the vulnerable, who are trying to stand against darkness.
  21. 1 point
    All of the above :D To ellaborate: after a couple of days of sulking and sighing and combating inferiority complex, I usually move on to a different WIP or WIPs, since I always have several going on anyway, and try to distance myself from the one that's falling apart. After a while, I come back to it, re-read everything I've got— both the story itself and the worldbuilding notes and stuff—and dissect it mentally to get to the route of the problem. Once I know where it started falling apart, I can come up with a strategy to fix it. Which often involves throwing out a lot of what I've written and starting again from the point where it all went wrong.
  22. 1 point
    Sulk, stare at the blank page for a day, then get to work. I start by identifying the problems. Did I contradict myself? Is there an unintended consequence from something I did earlier? Then I see if they are fixable, or if the thing needs to be totally rewritten.
  23. 1 point
    throw it out. if i can't abandon it completely, then I guess it's rewrite time.
  24. 1 point
    I use 4theWords, they've got a huge event during NaNo that keeps things writing. Its an RPG style writing game, gamifies the process with monster battles, equipment, and a dressable avatar. It is a paid service, $4/month, but if you win NaNo you get a couple code for 50% off that brings the price to $2/month. My referral code is ETFCY69776 if you decide to sign up. They do also have a free month long trial, so you can sign up Nov 1st and use it. Otherwise here and Discord is a source of encouragement, and my local NaNo group. I don't really search for inspirational podcasts or anything during the month, I personally find them a bit distracting.
  25. 1 point
    I'll have a book launching on Saturday, at the National Museum of Literature! It's the short stories collection issued as a prize for winning the first place in the literary contest last autumn. I don't like the cover because it doesn't represent my character. But the choice of the cover belongs to the publisher. It's a marketing choice, they say, unrelated to the characters per se, but more with the spirit of the book... The fourth cover comment is done by a famous hispanist, translator from Spanish and Portuguese and writer. She translated Paulo Coelho in Romanian, i.a. Also, since February till May, one Sunday each month I am at a book fair. 🙂 Getting slowly known.
  26. 1 point
    I just submitted a little short story to an anthology - like, nine minutes before the deadline, lol 😄