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Friday, September 7, 2012

The Autumn of our Discontents

For those of us who love to read, books, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Nook, whatever. More and more books are done of recycled paper. This is always hopeful. Have also been exploring new horizons and helping scientist friend do soil and water samples, watching caterpillars grow from larvae, collecting leaves and rocks, potting and pruning. Reading a lot on conservation of water, and about industries, farming, chocolate making, gold mining, that require huge amounts. Also seriously into nature writing, and I recommend the Norton Anthology of Nature Writing. All this brings peace, and spirituality, and a closeness to things not retail and man made. But, I do love my books, and my piles of papers and articles, and my stolen moments consist of settling down with Emma Cat and some good coffee on a cold afternoon, just to read. Or, to sit outside on my patio, as the world dies and dyes itself colors, as a magic carpet of red Japanese maple leaves surround me, reading till the light fades.
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See them now at: http://www.booktemplate.org/ ***************************************************************** COLUMN: CRAFTING FABULOUS FICTION, by Victoria Grossack Stories within Stories ================================================================= A great novel is often not a single story, but rather a complex and artistically arranged compilation of one, two, or many stories. This column takes a look at some of the ways you can weave stories together, and some of the advantages and disadvantages associated with the different methods. Frame Stories ------------- Usually set apart from the rest of the novel, a frame story often sets up how and why the story is told. The events of the frame story often occur in a different time than the rest of the novel. Often there is a prologue at the beginning, and an epilogue at the end. In some books, the frame story is revisited periodically throughout the novel. Frame stories have been around for centuries, probably millennia. A famous example is "One Thousand and One Nights," in which the Persian king was so angry with women that he married a new virgin every day and killed her the next morning. Only the vizier's daughter, Scheherazade, kept her head by telling her murderous husband part of a thrilling new story every night --and not telling him the end until the next night. (How many of us would want to rely on our storytelling abilities to save our lives?) Another celebrated example is Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," in which a diverse group of pilgrims en route to Canterbury hold a storytelling contest. Prologues and epilogues allow you to give additional information, or extra perspectives on your story. You can use the prologue to create a level playing field. For example, in our novel, "Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus," we mention in the prologue that Jocasta inadvertently married her son, Oedipus. In a way we did not like to write this because it's the "big surprise" of the novel --but plenty of people are familiar with the Oedipus myth anyway, and besides, we were explicit about the incestuous relationship in the title of the book. So, by telling people this in the prologue, we were able to set up why Jocasta finally spills the secrets of her life. However, you should be warned that some readers don't bother to read the prologue or the epilogue -- especially not the prologue! They seem to feel that it is not part of the story; perhaps they confuse it with dedications, acknowledgements and prefaces. One way to avoid any misunderstandings is to rename your prologue "Chapter One." In a way this is cheating, but heck, who cares? Nests ----- Frequently stories are nested within other stories. The frame story is generally the outermost story, in which the rest of your novel --either one long main story or a series of other stories --is nested. However, some authors have more than one layer of nesting. They begin the first story, which we'll call *A.* Before *A* is finished, they break off to start story *B.* And before *B* is finished, they break off to start story *C.* The author can continue with this approach, adding more layers. Eventually, one hopes, the story will return to the original threads, and resolve, generally in reverse sequence, the issues raised in *C,* *B,* and *A.* This approach can add depth and perspective. However, it can also be a strain on your readers, as they try to keep the different stories straight. Even when *A,* *B* and *C* contain the same characters, they may be taking place at different times, or from different points of view. This kind of book can be challenging to read, and you should ask yourself: is it TOO challenging for my readers? You should also ask yourself what each level of nest adds to your entire book. Sometimes each level is crucial to what you are trying to achieve. Other times, however, it seems to indicate that the author could not make up his or her mind on which story to tell. Other times the author seems to be procrastinating telling the real story. Serial Stories in a Single Place -------------------------------- Another approach is to tell a series of stories, often about a place. This technique was perfected by James Michener, who often chose a particular spot on the planet, began with the geological processes that formed it, and then continue with various animals and people until reaching the present day. The same structure has been used by others, as in Steven Saylor's "Roma," and Edward Ruthersford's "London: The Novel." This technique is hard to do well, because unless you make the book really long -- and many Michener tomes run past 1000 pages -- not all the stories may have enough space to develop thoroughly. Often some of the episodes are good, while others feel forced. And even when everything is done well, the reader will form emotional attachments to characters, only to have them destroyed and replaced when starting the next story. Still, if done well, the result may be masterly, as in Michener's "The Source," a look at a tell near Jerusalem and the different religions that developed or visited there over the millennia. A-story vs. B-story (Subplots) ------------------------------ Many works of fiction have stories that are intertwined. In other words, you can't neatly pigeonhole them as frame story or as a series of stories, because they appear at different parts of the book. Nevertheless, in most works you can tell which plot is the main plot (also known as the *A story*). By definition, the other plots are subplots. Usually they have less action; less development; less time on stage. We see this often in TV series, especially those with large casts. Often it is difficult to give all the recurring characters a pertinent role in the A story --so they participate mostly in the *B story* (or even a *C story*). Many authors merge their A and B stories. Occasionally, this merging feels contrived, as was often the case in Nancy Drew books. Generally the stories should be related in some way, even if it is simply the development of a theme. Character Arcs -------------- Character arcs refer to the development of your characters throughout the storyline. Throughout your novel -- or series of novels -- your characters should learn and grow. Each character should have a starting point in your book, including a certain viewpoint, wants and desires. By the end of the story, most of your characters should be in a different place, with their desires either thwarted or fulfilled, and their outlook on life changed or deepened. The subject of character arcs is so important that it is worthy of several additional columns. Here we will just mention that it is important to tell the story of each of your characters, too -- another type of story for our collection. Anecdotes and Other Tiny Tales ------------------------------ The word anecdote come from the Greek, meaning unpublished or not given out, and comes from a book published in the 500s called Anekdota and which contained plenty of stories about the Byzantine court. Gradually, the term ANECDOTE was applied to any short tale utilized to emphasize or illustrate whatever point the author wished to make. A short tale can enter your novel in many ways. Perhaps a traveler is recounting where he came from (in which case it is also back story). Perhaps a witness, during a trial, explains what happened. Or perhaps a preacher tells a parable, or a bard sings a song. Some anecdotes may already be familiar to your stories. In our series set in ancient Greece, although we focus on the experiences of mortals, we frequently include myths about the gods. We try to add depth to these myths, often already well known to the readers, by showing how the characters react to them. For example, the hero Pelops in "Children of Tantalus" is inspired by a bard singing about how Icarus made wings of wax and feathers. If you include familiar anecdotes or fables in your story, enrich your readers' experience with a new interpretation. Conclusion ---------- This article has gone through many of the different types of stories found in novels. In a sense, classifying the stories within stories is like trying to pigeonhole a platypus -- what purpose does it serve, when the boundaries are so fluid? And yet considering the different forms may help you control and improve the different stories in your own work. >>--------------------------------------------------<< A version of this article appeared at the Coffeehouse for Writer's Fiction Fix. Victoria Grossack studied Creative Writing and English Literature at Dartmouth College, and has published stories and articles in publications such as Contingencies, Women's World and I Love Cats. She teaches a variety of writing classes at http://www.coffeehouseforwriters.com/courses.html. Victoria Grossack is the co-author of the Tapestry of Bronze series (Jocasta; Children of Tantalus; The Road to Thebes; Arrow of Artemis) based on Greek myths and set in the late Bronze Age. Besides all this, Victoria is married with kids, and (though American) spends most of her time in Europe. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking and bird-watching. Visit her website at http://www.tapestryofbronze.com, or contact her at tapestry (at) tapestryofbronze (dot) com. Copyright 2012 Victoria Grossack ***************************************************************** A FREE MASTER CLASS IN CREATIVE WRITING SUCCESS. Enrol FREE in a 14-part 'mini course' in short-story writing success. 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More information at http://kystory.wordpress.com ***************************************************************** FEATURE: The Future of Science Fiction and Fantasy ================================================================= By Michele Acker What is the future of Science Fiction and Fantasy? Are the genres fading? Are writers running out of ideas? Have audiences grown tired of the same old thing? Not at all. In fact, according to several prominent agents, whether written for middle grade, young adult or adult audiences, the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy are going strong and will be for a long time to come. There's more crossover now too. While teenagers have always read adult fiction, with the popularity of books like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson, adults are reading more middle grade and young adult fiction now than ever before. Although some agents may disagree on which of the two genres is strongest, Science Fiction or Fantasy, they all agree that we'll be seeing much more of both in the future. I interviewed seven agents -- Eddie Schneider with JABberwocky, Sandy Lu with the L. Perkins Agency, Lucienne Diver with the Knight Agency, Miriam Kriss with the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, Jean Naggar with the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Nancy Gallt with the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency (she is also the agent for Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series), and Jessica Faust with Bookends -- and asked each of them four questions regarding Science Fiction and Fantasy. This is what they had to say. 1. What do you see as the future of Science Fiction& Fantasy? ------------------------------------------------------------- Eddie Schneider: I think that SF/F is one of the healthiest genres in literature right now, so I'd say more growth and diversification. With the latter, I think we're going to see greater diversity both in the variety of subgenres (helped along by the e-book industry, which is able to prove to publishers that things they think won't work, do), and in terms of subject matter and authorial background. I think we're finally going to start to see good SF/F novels that should've been translated into English years ago get their due, and the chorus of voices will be more nuanced than it's historically been. Sandy Lu: Science fiction, which has been overshadowed by fantasy in recent years, will be in demand again. Urban fantasy, one of the fastest growing genres in the past few years, is on the decline. The market is saturated with vampires, werewolves, zombies, and psychics, the readers are quickly growing tired of them. They will want something with a basis in scientific theories, such as cyberpunk, alternate worlds, or space opera. Lucienne Diver: It's always difficult to predict the future. Trends come and go, sometimes nearly overnight, like mash-ups, and sometimes lingering, like urban/contemporary fantasy. What I can say is that sf and fantasy are eternal. Epics are eternal. Anything that deals with the human condition and high stakes, whether they be espionage, magically or murderously induced, will be perpetually popular. Miriam Kriss: We're definitely seeing a return to more traditional high and epic forms of fantasy, with a modern feel, and a hunger for near future stories, rather than space opera. We've also been seeing steampunk crop up in both YA and adult SF/F -- even in romance! Jean Naggar: There will always be a future for science fiction and fantasy, and I include futuristic as well as dystopian novels. We all love peering into weird fantastical worlds, seeing wonderful alternate universes developed by others, playing with the "what if..." and taking a break from the harsh realities of the international political spectrum in our real world. Since science fiction and fantasy are among the most creative genres, I cannot speculate where the next talented imaginative writers will take us, but I am sure that the journeys will be worth the trip! Nancy Gallt: I think readers will always enjoy the genres, as they have for generations. 2. Do You Feel YA is dominating the genre? ------------------------------------------ With the success of books/series like The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson, do you feel YA is dominating the genre? Eddie Schneider: No. Fantasy for adult readers, in particular, is proliferating, and there's a whole class of excellent authors that's cropped up in the last few years, including but not limited to JABberwocky clients Brandon Sanderson, Peter V. Brett, Jon Sprunk, Myke Cole... Sandy Lu: It's actually the other way around. SF & Fantasy is dominating the YA genre. Lucienne Diver: I think that partly the recent domination of YA is because it's not so divided into genres. YA is its own category, and to an extent that gives authors more freedom to cross boundaries and pull in whatever elements they'd like. However, I wouldn't say that YA is dominating the genre. Look at the Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin or the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. There's a lot of great and bestselling adult sf/f as well. Miriam Kriss: It might be more appropriate to say that the genre is dominating YA. There are still plenty of big name SF/F adult series that are doing wonderfully, including the tremendous success of Game of Thrones. In YA the trends right now are Horror and SF, which a great way for readers to be exposed to the genre and grow up hungry for more. Jean Naggar: The YA market is particularly strong at the moment, but rather than dominating the genre, I think it is opening up the connections between readers of all ages, making crossover books and movies more and more frequent, and making intergenerational book conversations once again the norm, rather than young readers only finding age-based material. Nancy Gallt: Percy Jackson is technically middle grade as Percy was only 12 when the series began, but I think SF/F have always been YA genres, it's the age when that kind of imagination and speculation are at their peak. Jessica Faust: I feel like YA is hot right now, but I don't know that YA is dominating any genre other then it's own. YA books should be sold in the YA section and SF/F will remain a primarily adult market and sold to adults. I do think there's a lot of SF/F or paranormal in YA right now however. 3. Are Adult SF & F Authors Jumping on the YA bandwagon? -------------------------------------------------------- Eddie Schneider: I think there are quite a few authors who are excited about the idea of writing for a teen audience. While there are a few who've done it for commercial reasons, there are so many more who've done it for the artistic challenge of telling a really tight story with great characters. Teens have strong crap filters, and will skip over something that tries too hard or feels inauthentic, hence the challenge. Sandy Lu: Yes, definitely. YA is a quickly-growing market, and some adult authors, not just SF & Fantasy ones, such as Gail Carriger and Philippa Gregory, are also writing YA now. Lucienne Diver: Yes, but when urban fantasy became hot, I saw a lot of authors jumping on that bandwagon as well. I think a lot of authors simply have more ideas floating around than they possibly have time to write and when something skyrockets like YA has, they may choose to focus on those ideas that previously might not have had the best chance for breaking out. Miriam Kriss: There are definitely authors who are doing both and doing it well. My own authors Lilith Saintcrow and Kate Locke, who write YA as Lili St. Crow and Kady Cross respectively, have found their YA and adult audiences to have a great deal of crossover and the pen names they've chosen are meant to be deliberately obvious so that readers know which they're getting but at the same time can find them easily. Other authors, like Jenna Black, write both YA and adult fantasy under the same name. Nancy Gallt: I think a lot of adult authors are jumping on the boom in children's books in general--look at James Patterson. Jessica Faust: I can't say for sure about SF/F, but we're definitely seeing it in other genres. I'm not sure if people feel it's going to be easier, they'll sell more books, or they've just always had a desire to write YA, but we're seeing a lot of adult authors switching over. 4. What are the current trends in SF & F? ----------------------------------------- First it was dragons, then kick-ass females in some state of undeadness. Now with all the vampires and werewolves out there, what are the trends? What sorts of characters are in demand now, or will be in the near future? Eddie Schneider: I shy away from this sort of thing personally; I'm much more interested in books that have a strong and distinctive authorial voice, than books that deliberately aim for the zeitgeist (trends) -- in the long run, I think authors of the former stick around and are able to make better careers out of it than authors of the latter. They also write more interesting books, at least in my opinion. That said, there IS a trend toward darker and more realistic SF/F, and I'm happy to see this. Sandy Lu: Hard science fiction may be returning, and the boom in fantasy may be on the wane. Robots and aliens may be the next big thing. As for characters, the demand will always be the same: multi-dimensional characters with deeply human stories, who the readers can identify with, fall in love with, or love to hate. Lucienne Diver: It's very difficult, but not impossible, to find a new angle on vampires. I think the way we'll expand and diversify is by bringing in other cultural traditions. For example, the mythology and superstitions surrounding vampires or shape shifters or zombies or what have you differ vastly from one culture to another. I'd love to see more non-European influences. Miriam Kriss: Well as I said, there's a big push to find the next George R. R. Martin or Brent Weeks on the fantasy side and a lot of interest in both near future stories and steampunk. Jean Naggar: Hard to say. The imagination is a wide-open playground, and the next trend is as close as the next writer with a wacky take on creatures and our world. Nancy Gallt: A good story and a fresh approach will always be in demand. But perhaps the best summary came from Agent Jessica Faust. When asked what the next big thing is, what agents are looking for, she replied, "I think most editors, and probably readers, are looking for the next thing, but no one knows what it will be quite yet." So, for those of us who write Science Fiction or Fantasy, it's good to know there will always be a market for our work and an audience who appreciates it. >>--------------------------------------------------<< Michele Acker is passionate about writing. She has had two stories, Blood Debt & The Price of Magic, released in a new anthology called, The Stygian Soul. She is also a contributing author in a new non-fiction book called, The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction, due to be released next spring by Dragon Moon Press. For more information on Michele and her books, check out her website: http://www.micheleacker.com/ Copyright 2012 Michele Acker For more information on writing Science Fiction & Fantasy check out our section at: http://www.writing-world.com/sf/index.shtml **************************************************************** EBOOK SELF-PUBLISHING EXPLAINED An epublishing revolution is sweeping the industry. We explain what is happening and show you how to self-publish your own eBooks. http://www.PublishYourOwnEbooks.com ***************************************************************** Free Stuff for Writers: Web-Based Tools That Require No Downloading ================================================================= By Aline Lechaye Fall is typically a season of change. It's the time when the leaves on the trees start falling, the time when you realize that the year's almost over, and the time when you start thinking that maybe it's time to stop procrastinating and get some things done. Whether you're thinking about starting a new blog/website, digitalizing some papers that have been around collecting dust since forever, or organizing your contacts, we've got free tools you can use. For you CSS/graphic art/web design fanatics out there, css Zen Garden (http://www.csszengarden.com/) is the place to find inspiration. For everyone else, it's also a great place to find inspiration, if you happen to be making, say, your official author's website or a promo website for your latest book. Click through the example CSS files displayed to the right of the page, or go to the archives ( http://www.mezzoblue.com/zengarden/alldesigns/) to find all the CSS designs the site has accumulated so far. 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Sure, it's not perfect, but it beats typing out a whole page of text by hand. It seems like there're so many social networking and instant messaging services online nowadays that you have to be constantly on high alert just to keep up with everything that's going on. However, using eBuddy (http://www.ebuddy.com/), you can now stay connected with all your friends and contacts on Google Talk, MSN, Facebook Chat, Yahoo Messenger, and so on, no downloading or software installing required. Furthermore, eBuddy works on your iPhone or Android phone as well, so you can chat on the go. They also have a free SMS delivery app which you can find at http://www.ebuddyxms.com/. Need to send a fax to someone who doesn't appear to have an email? (Well, maybe their internet's down. These things happen.) Use FaxZero (http://faxzero.com/) to send free faxes to any fax number in the United States or Canada. You can attach multiple .doc or .pdf files to the fax. If you'd like to send a message with your fax, simply type it into the text box provided. The free service does attach ads to your faxes, and there is also a limitation on the amount of faxes you can send. Learn more about how FaxZero works at http://faxzero.com/faq.php >>--------------------------------------------------<< Aline Lechaye is a translator, writer, and writing tutor who resides in Asia. She can be reached at alinelechaye@gmail.com. Copyright 2012 Aline Lechaye **************************************************************** THE WRITE SITES ================================================================= InfoPlease.com -------------- This is a fantastic site to browse when you are thinking up new article ideas or angles, or looking for that extra zing to liven up your article or story. http://www.infoplease.com/ Creativity Portal ----------------- I just found this site and will be visiting it a lot! 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