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    It’s odd how lots of things are moving to web apps. I actually have a high web app workflow, Trello, Evernote and Gdocs, kinda crazy. What’s interesting is I can’t go back to desktop only word processors, Word and OpenOffice just don’t have the flow/ease-of-use for me.

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      Why is everything a web app nowadays?

      I wrote my first short story mainly in Treeline, much easier to set up.

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        I was never quite sure why I like The Office so much, but now I do.

        Doesn’t subtract from my liking of Arrested Development, fortunately, but there is a point to be made.

        TV has largely embraced people being assholes or worse, and I find that sad. I thought Girls is a kind of parody about how awful people can be, and it’s sort of said out loud in the first season. Then it dragged on with the awfulness in place.

        My brain died with that show, but it was resurrected a bit by shows like The 100.

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          Not literal feasts, but a couple of “feasts” featuring the best of Southern Hospitality. The focus was mostly on what the food and manners of eating showed about the participants and their relationships. It’s good practice. :-)

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            Someone in the comments mentioned the Atreides feast and GRRM’s feasts. I’ve read only the Dune novels of the two, but yeah, solid points.

            Throughout the beginning example, I was thinking to myself that this is boring as shit and taking Enid Blyton’s food descriptions to a level that should not exist.

            Has anyone here written a feast scene? I kind of feel like I should try it out.

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              Yeah, this technique is most applicable in team environments either at work or on a project where everyone is on the same side. That being said, even when there are multiple sides, I think that more often than not you can find a way for both sides to win.

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                This applies quite well to real-life interaction as well, though you have to be better prepared and/or quick on your feet.

                The major hardship, though, is when when facts and values collide. Someone can argue through facts and the other party may even accept the facts, but if the outcome isn’t obviously positive for everyone, the other party is likely not persuaded.

                In online debates you can agree to disagree but in something like politics the consequences can be disastruous.

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                  And how did I forget the Brandon Sanderson lectures!

                  One year of them was shared here, I believe. I didn’t actually check cuz I’ve seen two sets or so.

                  A lot of emphasis on fantasy, yet still very good and he has a great natural style of presenting.

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                    • Writing short poems as practice for improving my prose style
                    • I’ve read a lot of books on writing. Top recommendations:
                      • Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
                      • Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin
                      • 2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron
                    • Listening to lectures about mythology, history, philosophy, and literature. Mostly from The Great Courses.
                    • Reading literary analyses of my favorite writers’ works. (This mostly amounts to Inklings studies.)
                    • Reading the early drafts of The Lord of the Rings (published as The History of the Lord of the Rings) along with Christopher Tolkien’s notes on the differences from the final text.

                    My absolute favorite/most hated writing practice, though, is reading the first chapter of Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind. After throwing the book against the wall, I am much more motivated and confident in my ability to write.

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                      I read more guides than I can remember. Holly Lisle’s guides are excellent. The Anatomy of Story was heavy and I found it either dull or better suited for screenwriting. The Snowflake one was good overall.

                      Now I can’t read anymore without being a bit of a critic. So there’s that. I try to think of what works and what doesn’t. But I did a bit of that even before taking an interest in writing. Dan Brown made me see that not everything brown is chocolate.

                      I should do drills and prompts and whatever, but find myself ok with a balance of constantly reading and casually writing.

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                        This is one of those topics that writers tend to overlook, but it’s very important.

                        They put so much effort into getting “published” because they think it’s the brass ring, but can end up giving rights that are exceptionally valuable in the long term.

                        Trade-published books tend to do well or die within the first year. Self-publishing seems a long game; you won’t go from zero to NYT best-seller overnight, but you can build a reliable fan base over ten years.

                        So, once your trade-publisher gives up on you, you need those rights back so you can try to do something with them. Unfortunately, even the time that it’ll take for them to let you go may be more than they’re willing to invest.

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                          I opened the link with a slight anxiety that I’d find the beginning of my novel there. Of course it’s been on hold for years, so it wouldn’t really matter.

                          I open with just a bit of dialogue and then action kicks in. I’m quite happy that there’s a twist in there, though it’s almost a trope.

                          Unfortunately introducing the other lead is a bit more alarm-clocky meandering, but I keep telling myself the change of pace is good and that it fits the character better.

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                            I think we need a pdf tag

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                              I submitted this one because it seems to be a good summary of the state of indie marketing at present.

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                                Movements, yeah. Maybe if someone stood completely still, there could be problems, but I doubt that’s humanly possible.

                                Micromovements are great, but I find myself standing on one leg and doing yoga-like poses, almost, just at the desk.

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                                  I haven’t ever suffered from RSI, but I’ve found that good ergonomics is more conducive to productivity and clear thinking.

                                  I work at a custom built standing desk, with a bar stool to use if I get tired. The key is to not lock your knees and to keep making micro movements. To that end I have a floor cushion and a couple of different foot props I can use to stretch and assume different stances throughout the day.

                                  As for tech, I use a Microsoft Natural 4000 keyboard and a Logitech MX Performance mouse, with four monitors set up at the appropriate height for my eye level.

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                                    Advice like this may feel even banal at times, but it is invaluable.

                                    Personally I’ve sustained slight injuries from input devices and moved to Kinesis Advantage and a CST trackball maybe five years ago. Really the best call.

                                    Unfortunately I work a lot at customer sites and few of them have standing desks.

                                    There’s also a lot of FUD about standing up too much, at least in these parts. Everyone I know gets to sit down for lunches and take sitting breaks, even I have a sitting desk at home, so I call BS on the FUD.

                                    What do the narwhals think?

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                                      Mosty just write in plaintext using notepad2 or gvim and proselint for grammar checking. I haven’t written anything over 10k in a long time so haven’t felt the need for something like Scrivener yet.

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                                        PG predicts Amazon Charts will help to speed the demise of the NYT, USA Today, etc., bestseller lists as providers of meaningful market information.

                                        I’ll admit that I’d like, when Farisa’s Courage comes out, to see it on those charts. It’s selfish and silly. I recognize those rankings as stupid, but “best seller” does seem to be the next brass ring up from “published author” (which I already know I can accomplish).

                                        That said, the concept of “best-selling” is a bit ridiculous. Good books sometimes “best-sell” (fucking hate newfangled verb, but using it anyway) and bad books often do, but it’s an embarrassment to the craft how much pride is taken in those lists.

                                        Now that e-books live forever (and there’s good and bad to that) I think the concept is a bit useless. Here’s why. If you publish a book that sells 20 copies per day for $7.99, you can make $40,000 per year off of that. You’re not rich, but you can write full-time if you want. When is 20 copies per day a best-seller? Never.

                                        Book sales used to be front-loaded. Publishers would prate about “word of mouth” but largely as an excuse not to promote your book unless you were already a star. In the old world, a book’s fate was determined in the first 8 weeks, and getting on that NYT list early– often, “instant” bestselling was ideal– really mattered. If your book flopped but hit big 5 years after publication, you couldn’t resurrect your career easily because (a) the work was out of print, and (b) your agent and publisher had already dumped you.

                                        That’s not going to be the case going forward. Long-term outcomes will matter more, and people will forget about the first 8 weeks. Exponential word-of-mouth effects, which take a while to get going, will have more push.

                                        The other thing is that the “best-selling” isn’t that hard. If you sell a couple thousand pre-orders, you’ll have a week on NYT. You can buy a bestseller for five figures, and this is done all the time in the corporate/business book world, where “best-selling” gets you paid speaking and workplace promotions and shit like that. It’s not economical to do that for fiction, though, because while a feedback effect exists (the book will sell more once a best-seller) it’s not enough to pay off the cost.

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                                          Smart laziness is a virtue. As writers, we’re not lazy… at least, not when we hammer out 100,000 words when most people would prefer to do anything else. The problem is that most characters want to save their breath.

                                          I find it useful for this reason to recite the dialogue during the revision process. If I find it tedious to say, then people probably wouldn’t go through the effort.

                                          What I find difficult with backstory (and all writers do, I imagine) is that you have be diligent with the world you create– to avoid inconsistencies, to make a compelling sense of place– but then be somewhat lazy (in a way that is not really lazy at all but controlled) with regard to backstory dumping. Less is often more, because maid-and-butler dialogue is going to turn readers off.