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  1. Oh gee, my trilogy! I think this will be the last trilogy I write for a while, they are HARD!
  2. i chose Lion Hamlet Mermaids, because i like the structure a lot
  3. 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?
  4. there's a resource that I use where I lay out 9 index cards to lay down the most basic plot outline I can. I heard it called the 9 box system, but it's really hard to find on the internet. I did find a decent description here: https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-to-plot-or-revise-your-book.html
  5. Hands down I would chose emotional resonance. no question. I think it's the most important aspect of narrative.
  6. I have a very exacting routine, and I don't think it's really practical for most people. I only get away with it because I live alone and don't have a dayjob. I start the day with writing. I have an internet blocker that restricts what I can see in the morning, and so I avoid the world until I've actually taken the time to write my quota for the day.
  7. Interesting. for my first book, the main character was 32. the second, the main character was 28. the third in that series, the main character is 41. i have another book that's not connected to the series at all where the main character is 18. I wouldn't normally write a character that young but the story demanded it because of the culture I was picking apart.
  8. 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.
  9. throw it out. if i can't abandon it completely, then I guess it's rewrite time.
  10. Right now: This is how you Lose the Time War by Amal el-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. I am reading it slowly because it's really short, just a novella, but it's so beautifully written I just want to drown in it.
  11. 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.
  12. An 18-year-old sorceress conjures a luck spirit to retrieve a grimoire that will save her from marrying and losing magic
  13. A ghost-whispering community organizer takes her assassinated mentor's place to lead the fight for her nation to become a democracy.