I am a wee bit stressed out for various reasons. I almost threw my phone at my computer because I didn’t like what someone said in a review, so the stress level is a bit high. I happened to stumble on a BBC story about bullet journals. I am not sure how much actual journalist I would do, but when I googled it, the supplies included cute journals, cute markers, and cute washi tape.
I have bought all the tape, and kawaii stickers, and markers, and stencils. I am going to sit there and stick cute glittery things into my journal, and nobody will get hurt. I hope. Brace yourself for the pictures of ridiculously decorated journal pages.
I am hoping that you know a source for learning how to deconstruct a favorite book in order to learn how stories, particularly full-length novels are written.Patti
Buy this book. That’s all you need for that.
Question about the biz side of authordom – how did you figure all that out? (Incorporation, taxes, contracts, quickbooks, and all that scary stuff).Katie
It’s not that scary actually. At first you can get away with just being self-employed, then, if the writing business starts making enough money, you can incorporate. I would look for a business-oriented accountant. He can usually recommend the right type of incorporation, and then you can simply hire a lawyer to do the heavy lifting.
At this stage, we are set up as a typical business, with three salaried employees, contractors, paycheck service, etc.
Taxes are a thing. Make sure that you speak to an accountant and get an advice on how much you need to either put aside or withhold. For example, we don’t pay as much in quarterlies, but our withholding is very high. We pay more money to the government than we take home, so we won’t end up with a bill at the end of the year.
I’m wondering who was the first person to read one or your stories and give you encouragement to continue, and elaborate more.Alane
This man. I consider Charlie a mentor. No matter how much we struggled, he always believed we would make it. He is currently editing more than he is writing, so his contribution to the field is even more impressive.
Writing magic in a way that plays nicely for romance tropes must be interesting. Acknowledging that anything could potentially be a book, what are some of the magic powers that you think wouldn’t work in genre without a lot of work?Ash
Time travel. it is a massive pain in the arse, as the second half of the Avengers finale demonstrated. I know this movie is popular, but holy crap, what a convoluted illogical mess. ::shudders:: The first one was so good. Like what the hell happened?
Anyway, time travel sucks for a number of reasons. One, it’s hard to get the reader to worry about anything, because you can just go back in time and fix it. Two, if it’s the kind of time travel where a person goes back and stays in the past, it inevitably runs into the conflict between the modern and past ethics. That puts a damper on any romance or even meaningful relationships. I’m not a fan of OUTLANDER for that very reason. Three, it requires a ton of research. Four, it has a tendency to get overly complicated and the reader gets lost.
To avoid some of the pitfalls, you have to mess around with the logic of time travel. You can go with one minuscule change equals enormous consequences (Bradbury, THE SOUND OF THUNDER) or time/space is a ball of rubber bands and if you pull one out, it will compensate. You can go a different route entirely like Simak did in TIME IS THE SIMPLEST THING, where past is completely dead.
No matter what you do with it, it’s a mess.