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    Group novel structure

    Here's what I have so far, going off what's been mentioned earlier: The year is 3025. The need for all base human desires are satiated by a series of implanted nanites that regulate and contribute to a completely balanced human being -- unlike the ones we see now. Into this uptopia a man and a woman are born, let's call them Adam and Eve for arguments sake, outside of the norm. Hidden away from the rest of the world they sire a child, but this child is of neither sex - he is neuter, quite literally. They raise this child away from the norms of society until one fine day a Professor, let's call her Saria, and her synthetic life form stumble across this strange family while out surveying possible new chemicals. In a cataclysmic weather event, the parents are killed, leaving the child without the instruction he so needed to become a human. Saria, knowing she can give the child back at least a physical resemblance of a normal human, decides to go about this. But she knows that she cannot give him the insight into what he is, or where he came from, that the original parents might. She decides upon an ambitious plan to supplant the child's brain into that of a gynoid that has been designed as a prototype for time travel (in this instance, carrying the spirit of the traveler along with it). The gynoid (acting as host) travels through time and learns what is to be human and passes this onto the consciousness held within. But as the travel continues, the gynoid develops its own consciousness... and whilst in Russia (or wherever) both Gynoid and the consciousness of the young boy (adolescent?) fall madly in love with the same girl. and...... Well that's about all I have for now, except... Somewhere along the line his consciousness is transported (malevolently by the gynoid as they struggle for the girl's love) into the body of a super intelligent chimp that the government has been genetically engineering for a long haul experimental space flight to Mars. *My head hurts now, I'm going to take a nap*
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    Short Story Template

    I'll be joining in very soon. I've been away from the boards since my beloved Mac decided to kick me in the unmentionables and had a meltdown, so I've been in the hinterland of Windows XP for awhile. And a Superchimp? Intriguing, I must find out more Oh and I'm not sure if this is the place to mention it, but the import function has saved me a lot of hassle in the last few days. Had to work in Office 2007 while I've been on XP and the .doc files imported into Storyist without a hitch. Thanks, Steve.
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    Short Story Template

    Thanks for the tip, I'll have to get that ordered. Been working on a Lester Dent Pulp Fction Template for storyist and here it is, in all its two-fisted pulpy glory: Lester_Dent_Pulp_Fiction_Master_Template.story Let me know what you think NOTE: This won't be to everybody's tastes, but it might work out for some -- I've tried to be gender equal as much as possible considering the source material.
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    Short Story Template

    Then again... “Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things.” -Ray Bradbury (on writing short stories). Ahhh, that always brings a smile to my face. He's my writing hero. Another one of his, loosely paraphrased: Plot is just the prints left in the snow after your characters have passed by. Oh, how I wish I had that kind of brain
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    Short Story Template

    Thanks for the tips. I wouldn't know where to start with an outline for a short story, they vary so greatly and some of they don't even have plots. Take a typical Ray Bradbury story and compare it to a Kurt Vonnegut tale....chalk and cheese, although they may contain some separate elements underlying both. I could maybe fold in the Lester Dent outline into this, as it's the only specific guide I've ever seen on short stories. Lots to think about
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    Short Story Template

    Here's a short story template I just whipped up for use with Storyist. Please feel free to test this and leave me any suggestions. Download here: Short Story Template EDIT: Didn't realise we could upload files Here's the file again Short_Story.story
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    Short Story Template

    Okay, I think I figured it out. This is a work in progress, but I've made a template if anybody would like to test it out. It seems to be working out fine for me at the moment. You can download it here: Short Story Template Let me know what's wrong, or right about this. Any suggestions appreciated
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    Short Story Template

    Hello all, Has anybody made a short story template for Storyist, or has any tips on how to go about making one myself? I've been trying to make one but I'm coming up short. Any hints or tips would be gratefully appreciated. PJL
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    Weird Happenings

    I thought all writers were paranoid I'd go so far as to say that after awhile the writer's brain can take any mundane event, or extraordinary event and project a series of future events to make a whole. It's the 'what-if' principle in full effect. One of my recent stories was a result of just such a thing. You've heard the saying 'strangers talk only of the weather', well I was riding a bus and I heard the exact same conversation several times with the same sentiment. -- I'm' sick of this cold, I can't wait for summer. Then I remembered people in the summer saying the exact opposite. My writer brain kicked in -- what if the weather was always constant? What if the weather was 'just right' all the time, what would we complain about then? A couple of hours later I had completed a slender little tale about a weather engineer on a moon colony wishing for a change in the weather. PJ
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    Group Novel

    To those who are interested, there's actually a NaNoWriYear board up and running... find out more here http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/node/1071277 There's also National Novel Finishing Month, more here http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/node/1070101 And NaNoEdMo (National Novel Editing Month) more here http://www.nanoedmo.net/xoops/ PJ Q: Do you eat or sleep? Only when absolutely necessary
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    Milestones.

    Congrats Thoth. And many more to come PJ
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    Books

    Cast a Deadly Spell is one of my favorite movies. I'm a big detecto/film noir fan anyway, and adding in the Lovecraftion/horror angle was a load of fun. For years after watching that film I couldn't remember the title, but recently managed to acquire a copy. The Dresden books are a lot different than the series, significantly so, but they do stick to the spirit of the old hardboiled detective series. Well worth the read. PJ
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    Books

    I'd like to point everyone's attention to Dwight V Swain's Techniques of the Selling Writer, a book that left me absolutely awestruck after reading. Swain was a science-fiction writer and lecturer who penned an impressive amount of words over time. After reading this book I went back to some earlier stories I'd written and applied the techniques, and it's improved my fiction no end. Swain really gets to the heart of what a story is, and how it should be approached, and he's not overly enamored of the 'plot everything beforehand' method either. If you can't find the book there is an equally impressive, and far more accessible version of the method on Jim Butcher's (Harry Dresden fame) live journal account, here: http://jimbutcher.livejournal.com/ The only problem with Swain's book is that it is overly dense in places and uses some antiquated examples. If you're looking for the great fundamentals it teaches I recommend reading all through Butcher's post's on his live journal account. PJ PS. Ordered the Lukeman book on your recommendation, Marguerrite and after a quick scan on Amazon.com, looks great. Thanks for the recommendation.
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    Group Novel

    I'm up for it. Although every month is going to be that way until I get some agent or something. So I'll be doing DecNoWriMo, JaNoWriMo, FebNoWriMo... maybe I'll just do NaNoWriYear I'm working at a steady 25k/week now on Novels, and about 2 SS's a week also. God, it's hard to stop when you get on a roll.
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    Gifts for Writers

    Wouldn't mind some of those manuscript boxes. I wonder if they ship to the UK? Ideal gift for any writer, peace and quiet.. and barring that, the INSTA-MUSE (which I have just invented). Just drop in a penny and the INSTA-MUSE will gift you with ideas, inspiration and that sweet new car smell. Guaranteed 100% effective* PJ *Not a guarantee.
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