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I've only just started my author "website" I'm just using a facebook page for now ( but a lot of people say to make it early.

Once I have finished some writing, I wait until I am itching to get back to it. The times vary on how burnt out I am. Personally forget the publishing side for now and work on your piece. You can research into that when it's at your betas. You'll need a lot of revising and editing before it's anywhere near ready for publishers :)

What I tend to do (and did with my short story before sending it off)

Finish draft
Send to my special alpha/beta reader
Send back, and to other betas
Send back to betas
Send back to special beta for last checks
Final edits

It all depends on how much needs changing as well. Cause that was for my short story... for my novel, I have reworked it many many times. I am on edit 1 of draft... 4 or 5?

Let's just say finishing the first draft is just the beginning of the mountain climb :) editing is slow going and frustrating as hell haha
Adoption Corner / Re: From a dream I had recently
« Last post by Sheepy-Pie on Today at 05:14:31 AM »
Vivid dreams are awesome and give such inspiration at times :P my newest short story Dangerous came from a daydream from when I was in the cusp between awake and asleep (very hard place to reach). And all I knew was this woman wanted to take this man away from his dying home and wanted to breed herself an army with his help... it's crazy.

Funny how breeding males is a theme there between ours :P yours seems Sci-fi-y but still just as cool.   
Most of my characters march right into my brain, complete. All I have to do is learn enough about them to fit the story to their arc, if they're the MC.

I let them simmer in my mind for a bit. I imagine scenes with them, conversations between them and other characters, and whatever else helps clarify them.

I do use images. Most of my characters are based on actors, but I never tell anyone who those actors are, because one, they change a lot as I write, and two, I want the reader to have his/her own picture of them.

The first thing I do is create a very basic character sheet. Age, coloring, build, family, how he/she comes across to strangers, etc. I do not go into a lot of detail, like what their favorite ice cream is, but I do like to know what they love and what they fear.

I then create a backstory with at least one incident that helps define the character.

Next, I determine "The Lie" that the character believes, what the midpoint of their character arc will be, and how they will learn "The Truth".

Usually by then I have a good idea of what they are like, but if I still don't know them well, I sit down with them and do an interview. I do this in writing, with the scene that I'm sitting behind a desk, taking notes, and they walk in. I note their attitude, then ask them questions. I have found that the questions which help me the most are things like, "Do you like me? Why or why not?", but the very best is something that I've only seen myself do - I ask them what they think of another character in the story. This can give me invaluable insights, not only to the character I'm talking to, but also to the character we're talking *about*.

I keep all this in Scrivener, and I add to it as things occur in the story.
Writing Games / Re: Lines and Quotes
« Last post by ScribblerKat on Today at 12:19:54 AM »
The opening paragraphs (which of course are always subject to change). Note: this is a Regency romance.
     The dissonance of steel meeting steel echoed throughout the loft of DeForge's, one of London's most well-regarded fencing schools. On the sides of the long room, which was evenly lit by skylights and by tall windows on the north and south walls, assistant trainers worked with small groups of students. But in the middle of the room, in an area set aside for special, one-on-one training, two men moved swiftly back and forth, their stocking feet firm and silent on the mats, their swords flashing, meeting, twisting, and leaping to meet again. An experienced eye could have seen that the shorter of the two men had a slight weakness to the right, a fractional halt in his footwork on that side, but this did not seem to make him less able to hold his own in the match.
     At last, however, the skill, greater reach, and unhampered footwork of the other man prevailed, and he got through the smaller man's guard. The latter called out to acknowledge the hit, and the two at once separated, straightening and saluting each other with their weapons before peeling off their masks.
     The smaller fencer was revealed to be a lean young man with tousled fair hair, a narrow, handsome face, blue-grey eyes, and a somewhat thin-lipped mouth now smiling ruefully. The victor was recognizable as M. Etienne DeForge himself, and he stepped forward to clap his student on the shoulder. "You have come far, Sebastian," he said with pleasure, speaking in his native language. "I seriously doubted that I would best you this time."
     The younger man also spoke in French, fluently, with barely a hint of an English accent. "Ah, but you did defeat me, sir."
     "Yes, I did. Still, few other men than myself would even have approached. I did not think you could so master that leg, but you have." He shoved his damp hair back from his brow. "Yet, I was foolish. How could I, who taught you when you were barely more than a boy, have doubted your will to succeed?"
     "I am just glad that my leg is in some obedience to my will. Thank you, sir, for your valuable time."
My routine:
1) After writing "The End", set it aside for a week or so.
2) Edit for grammar, fact-checking, etc. - what I call "light editing".
3) Set it aside for another week or so, then do one quick pass through it, looking especially for my sins (*cought* -ly words, -ing words, parenthetical phrases).
4) Send to beta readers. It usually takes at least a month to get it back from them all.
5) Read what the beta readers say, but don't touch the story.
6) Set the story aside for as long as I can. I usually can't make it past 3 months, but 6 months is better. It helps if I have another story being written.
7) Make the final copy, using my own edits (which have been percolating in my subconscious) and my beta readers' comments.
8) Format it for my publisher and send it off.
9) Get it back from the editor with more changes - sulk - whine - make the appropriate changes, and send it back again.

Everything I've read says that you should have an author page and, if possible, followers, as soon as possible. There are a lot of places online that have advice on a good website. Get it going, because you'll make changes. Be sure it highlights your writing. If you post excerpts, keep them short.

You seem to have a clear idea of the publishing choices! If you've only posted excerpts, you might get away with the first rights thing. If you go the Amazon route, read about people who've had problems with it, but from all I've heard, it's a good route.
Publishing & Marketing / What do you do after you finish your first draft?
« Last post by Jedi Knight Muse on September 18, 2017, 11:45:30 PM »
So as you know, I finished the first draft of Storms of Magic last week. I'm putting it to the side for at LEAST five months, if not longer- I've always read that, for NaNo at least, it's best to put a draft to the side and go back to it after a few months, so that's what I'm doing. I'm making this post 1. as a discussion point but 2. as a reference point for when I eventually decide to start doing this.

I know that the process is different for everyone, but what are the usual steps after you finish a draft and you're ready to start working on it again? Do you start doing your own edits and also find a beta reader or two to send it to at the same time? Or do you go through and make edits/notes first, THEN send it to a beta reader, and then start on the second draft? How many drafts do you usually write before you take the plunge and start quarrying/put it up on Amazon?

If you have a first draft done, but it's not "officially" being published any time soon, is it okay to go ahead and make an "official" author page, or should you wait until you're actually submitting, like, a short story for publication or something? (I recently saw a post on Facebook that Fireside Fiction is open to submissions, and even though I'm not that great at writing short stories, it's really tempting to give it a shot at some point when they have open submissions (so probably not any time soon.) This is assuming you've actually chosen and are sticking to a pen name (which isn't really the case for me) to use. There's a Facebook group I'm in where someone made a Facebook page specifically for their book that they're working on, but since I'm 1. taking a break and 2. am not even sure that the title Storms of Magic fits the story, I can't really do that.

What about an author website? Should I be going ahead and making one now, once I actually decide on a pen name?

Theoretically I know I could probably expand on the current draft of Storms of Magic (I already have a small inkling of an idea of what would be going on in the next part of it, anyway) pretty easily and boost the word count up. I may or may or not end up doing that and just make it a longer book. Or I could end up writing a sequel, I don't know yet.

And then there's the whole publishing thing...the idea of quarrying and getting rejections and having to get an agent and all that other stuff is kind of scary...but from what I've gathered, it doesn't really cost you anything. Also, you have less control over things with traditional publishing (again, this is based on comments I've seen in Facebook groups). Self-publishing, on the other hand, basically means you have to do the marketing yourself and pay out of pocket for editors and cover designers and all that stuff. I'd like to be able to do that. But that's kind of overwhelming and scary, too. It'd be kind of neat if I just...stuck it up on Amazon and decided to just see what happened or something, though.

Also, the fact that I've posted some of it online means that self-publishing will probably be the way I need to go anyway, since some publishers are iffy about that because it means not having first rights. So that's another reason I'm considering self-publishing.

Anyway, I think those were all of my questions.
Adoption Corner / From a dream I had recently
« Last post by Xanxa on September 18, 2017, 09:39:15 PM »
Sometimes I have incredibly vivid and detailed dreams.

This one was set in some kind of futuristic universe and I was being trained in some sort of militaristic facility.  When I'd passed a particular stage of my training, I was taken to a lab and fitted for a harness.  I had no idea why this was being done to me.

Later, I was introduced to my Jumper.  The Jumpers were another species.  Above the waist, they resembled humans, but below the waist they had long legs like giant fleas and could jump incredibly high, hence the name Jumpers.  I learned that I was to be paired with a female Jumper who would act as my personal transportation.  This pairing would last throughout our lifetimes. 

I didn't like that idea, so at the earliest possible opportunity, I took off the harness and turned my Jumper free.  At first, she was hurt, thinking I'd rejected her, but then I explained that I didn't want her to be my slave for the rest of her life and I was giving her freedom to do whatever she wanted.  She thanked me and said she was returning to her husband and family.

There was some sort of shift in the balance of power (details are sketchy because of the nature of dreams) resulting in chaos at the military installation.  I tried to escape and by chance ended up in  the part of the facility where the Jumpers lived.  The female Jumper whom I'd rescued earlier found me and took me to her home, saying I would be safe there.  I knew we wouldn't be safe and warned her that she and her family needed to get away.

However, we couldn't attempt an escape because her husband was in the midst of a breeding cycle.  The male Jumpers were the ones who got pregnant and gave birth to the young.  A breeding cycle consisted of pushing out one offspring every ten minutes or so.  The offspring were usually collected and trained to become transportation for military personnel like me.  However, now that she had her freedom, the Jumper didn't want her children becoming slaves. 

I managed to hack into the base's computer system and find a portal which led to the outside, where there were colonies of free Jumpers.  We got the Jumper offspring out to one of the colonies but had to wait for the Jumper husband's breeding cycle to finish before we could move the couple out. 

The dream ended about there.  I thought it would make a cool story, so if someone wants to adopt it, please do so with my blessing.   
Writing Games / Re: Describe a dragon
« Last post by SecretRock on September 18, 2017, 11:42:43 AM »
You know a lizard? Can I get that in a large?
The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« Last post by Tyrannohotep on September 18, 2017, 01:02:48 AM »

This would be a Norse warrior from ancient Scandinavia, or what we know today as a Viking. Of course, recent discoveries showing the existence of female Viking warriors played a role in inspiring this little doodle of mine.
The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« Last post by Tyrannohotep on September 17, 2017, 11:51:08 PM »

These Egyptian soldiers are exploring a jungle far away from their native homeland. This could be potentially any rainforest in the world, but most likely it's somewhere in the Congo Basin since that is on the same continent as Egypt (namely Africa).
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