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Thinking of writing a novel in November? Here are a dozen templates that can help you collect and structure your thoughts in Evernote. Being the blog of Charles Stross, author, and occasional guests [ Home ] [ FAQ ] [ Contact me ] [ Older stuff ]. Accelerando. This free ebook edition is made. If you want to learn how to write a novel, we've come up with a step-by-step guide that will help you through your journey. These are just suggestions offering.
And got a reply along the lines of "I was wrong about the length; I meant to say 70 words. Well, after I finished chewing my beard Andy got his piece. But there's an international word shortage and I figure recycling is the wave of the future, so here's the original word explanation, fleshed out slightly; make of it what you will.
The last sentence covers a multitude of sins.
I signed on with the company two weeks before its official formation, and left two months after the IPO — three and a half years later. Along the way I bolted together about thirty thousand lines of object oriented perl that swallowed credit card numbers at one end and talked to obscure British banking systems in strange protocols. And it had a psychotherapy bot wired into the middle just to help me de-stress when things got too heavy, which was almost every other day, because Take it from me, it's an experience you don't need.
Especially when you're not a brilliant programmer, you know damn well your code has bugs in it — it's actually a prototype that they pressed into service six months too early — and it's handling millions of pounds of other people's money. If things go wrong they scream at you. And exponential growth means the workload is always growing faster than the budget for hiring minions to do the donkey-work.
At first it's fun, a buzz like a caffeine high: The germ of "Accelerando" dates to that time. To be specific, it dates to a particularly bad month in early , when I was trying to brainwash Datacash into talking to a French credit card system and if you think obscure 's-vintage British credit card protocols sound awful, you've never dealt with the French equivalent.
I was under a lot of pressure, not aided by the French bank programmers not actually wanting to expose the guts of their communication protocol to, gasp, developers who were trying to communicate with their servers One Thursday when things had been not been going well in an especially emphatic manner, I wandered over to my boss the CTO's desk and said, "I'm taking tomorrow off.
He looked at me.
Then he did a double-take: This was very sensible of him. Most directors of a company that's going public in six months and has a server development team consisting of 1 one geek who is developing an incontrolable facial tic and demanding days off in Amsterdam might actually get a little bit nervous about the idea of said server development team fleeing the country on short notice.
But my prepared fallback position to taking a long weekend somewhere with lots of beer and no French bank managers to scream at was to try to quit on the spot, and if that failed I was going to spring a full-scale nervous breakdown Anyway, I was wandering around Amsterdam the next day — on a rainy Friday — trying not to fall apart at the seams.
I'd spent the whole night lying awake, looping on re-drafting my resignation letter, and I had the shakes.
12 Creative Writing Templates for Planning Your Novel
Then my phone rang. I thought you might like to know I immediately headed for the nearest pub, and my girlfriend and I celebrated in time-honoured fashion.
For a couple of bright hours in the middle of a rainy afternoon, the high pressure bubble in the core of the dot com boom actually looked like an optimistic, cheerful place to be. And something about the sudden release of stress took root, and began to germinate. I got far enough away from the coal seam to blink, look at it in amazement, and ask once more the classic science fictional question, what happens if this goes on? What happens if you keep piling on the changes?
What kind of person can actually live on the edge of a singularity, keeping pace while all around them the world is melted down and re-forged monthly, daily, hourly?
Inspired by fractal geometry really! Each step of the process methodically expands upon the one before, filling in detail until you have a complete draft. Story timeline tracker Regardless of the plotting method you use, keeping track of time in your novel is important. Did your hero get that threatening letter on Tuesday or Sunday?
Does the next scene happen on a sunny morning or in the dead of night? The following templates will help you brainstorm and remember the little details that make a story come to life, or just give you a bare-bones overview for easy reference:.
Character master list Got a lot of characters?
12 Creative Writing Templates for Planning Your Novel
Add names, ages, and comments. Drop in a photo or drawing of each character to help you visualize your story. From their hair color to their biggest secret, this questionnaire covers it all. Then you can write richer, more realistic scenes that draw the reader into your world.
A novel has a lot of moving parts. Consider adding a couple more to keep it all straight: Add it to your shortcuts for easy access, and insert links to related notes to save time on searches. If you copy this checklist into your dashboard note, you can easily track your novel from first brainstorm to final publication.
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These templates will help you stay organized so you can start and end the year right.In the real world, you may not pick up on new vocabulary straightaway. She comes from the old noble of pure Devils, the House of Gremory. The index terms can be names, places, events, or any other terms related to your book content.
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Reincarnated Devil Former half-human half-fallen angel Power: In addition, ebook editions are available for download:. For a couple of bright hours in the middle of a rainy afternoon, the high pressure bubble in the core of the dot com boom actually looked like an optimistic, cheerful place to be.
Now get cracking! Character-Revealing Scenes This more advanced outlining worksheet helps you identify where and how you will reveal important aspects of each major character.