Storyboarding

Here is another process video that shows some of the reworking goal. Primarily, I’m using it to update my Kickstarter campaign, but I thought it would be enjoyable here as well.

In it, I am using Scrivener, which is cool for this sort of thing, to storyboard my newest book. Using a visual representation, I can more easily decide how things are organized, namely chapters, in this video.

As I explained in earlier posts and videos, this book is built upon the pieces I took out of the first book.

The Writing Session

Here is a video that describes a typical writing session. This took about 4 hours to compose a little over 2000 words. It is the first draft of a chapter in the companion novel to Threads of Chaos: Book of the South. I talk a little about the process as it relates to my Kickstarter Campaign.

Hope you enjoy it.

Building a Better Map

I lost the original map when my hard drive went south this past January. So, I spent some time working on the new one. The entire video was an hour long, which shows the process of the work, but the parsed down version should give a good example.

This is also included on my Kickstarter site here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/880280558/finish-a-book-with-me/posts/794771

 

World Building in the Digital Age

ImageSo . . .

After several questions and criticisms surrounding the density of some of the material in my novel, especially in the prologue, I thought it might be beneficial to post some reference information on the setting.

I have created a page called: The World of Arquilon, which I will use to add information about the world in which the novels, short stories, and novelettes are set.

A note about world building, especially in the digital age.

When I started writing the novel, Threads of Chaos, in 1996, I already had several short stories written within the several settings that eventually became the world of Arquilon. These I transcribed into my first functional computer. Part of the difficulty in writing the book was building onto these small frames of reference and weaving them into a living, breathing place for my characters to interact. That is part of the reason that it took five years to write.

I have hand drawn maps, descriptions, notes, etc. Most of the information was, again, placed into the confines of a computer. Scads and scads of it, including cultural distinctions, weather patterns, races, settings, and even translations, definitions and pronunciation guides. All the things that, while boring, make the world.

Unfortunately, most of that information has been lost over time. Some of it due to hardware failure, but also through moves and general technological upgrades. For example, I do have several chapters of the book that is to come after these first two novels that I have managed to move from upgrade to upgrade. However, when I attempted to access them, the newer programs translated them into several pages of small squares.

Mores the pity.

At any rate, now that I my first novel has been published and I am working on the companion novel, I am attempting to rebuild all that information that has been lost.

Hence the new page.

My goal is to not only rebuild the information lost, but put it in a format that will help readers understand the world a little better and, hopefully, make for more exciting reading.

Thanks again for those that are enjoying my novels and stories and I hope you enjoy the new page!

What I Would Do If I Were Wealthy . . . .

ImageFor the most part, I don’t want my life to be about money. But at some point, someone asks us the question: “What would you do if you (won the lottery, became wealthy, etc)?”

What would I do if I were wealthy?

I would build a house with a room dedicated to LEGOs and invite friends and family over two or three times a month just to play with them. Not just because LEGOs are cool, but to explore the imagination that we’ve traded in for the responsibilities of being adults; to remember what it is to be a kid.

I would pay off the debilitating student loans of my friends who were betrayed by the promise of that ‘great career’ and are now enslaved under the crushing weight of financial stress. I’d do it quietly, anonymously, so that they might have a renewed faith in human beings and their own lives.

I would set up trust funds for my children and make sure they didn’t know about it so they wouldn’t become entitled slobs and not learn what it is to try and make ends meet on a tight budget just because they were waiting around for a handout.

I would adopt the local schools and provide for them all the crap that they ask hard working families to provide every year because there is no funding for it. I would make sure they had the ability to offer writing, art, dance, stage, and even P.E. classes. Better yet, I would adopt the teachers and find a way to enhance their take home pay like it should be.

I would do everything that I love to do without worrying about how much time I should be working and making money no matter how much I don’t want a life defined by it.

 

 

Quick Tip for Writing.

ImageFrom a psychological standpoint, behavior is one key to dealing with clients in a treatment setting.

From a writing standpoint, this is a great way of following the mantra of Showing versus Telling.

Why?

Behavior is observable and describable, and better yet, communicates more actively than simply telling what a character is doing or thinking, especially in those ever popular but problematic ‘ly’ dialog tags.

For instance:

“Give it to me!” Character said angrily.

Versus

“Give it to me!” Character said, eyes narrowing.

When writing, think about behavioral clues to that show what is going on rather than relying on weaker forms of description.

Writing my Story!

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