Novels are hard, Dabble makes it fun
This post originally appeared on Medium.com.
I’m not going to lie. Writing 40,000–140,000 words or more, creating believable characters that people will care about, developing a plot that pulls readers in, all culminating in an emotional payoff at the end is no easy feat. Doing it in your spare time while maintaining a day job? Even harder.
That’s why I’m creating Dabble. A beautiful experience to help you write beautiful experiences. Dabble helps you focus, so that you can stay in-scene as you write. Dabble helps you visualize your story lines, so you can keep track of where your story is going. And Dabble helps you organize your manuscript by chapter and scene, simplifying as much as possible. So that you can craft amazing story.
Become a part of this journey with me. Help me make Dabble the greatest writing tool for novelists. Download the desktop version of Dabble at https://www.dabblewriter.com/ and write your story.
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Book marketing. Those two innocuous words instill fear and loathing into the hearts of so many writers. You just want to write your books and have them sell themselves. Why do you have to tell people about it? Well, Susan, because you do. I know you want to write, but if your goal is to write, publish, and make money from your books, then you’re going to have to find a way to make them visible. Thousands of new titles are uploaded to Amazon every single day. Millions of books are being published every year, and no matter how good your story is, without marketing, there’s not much chance very many people will find it.
What kind of writer are you? Are you the sort who writes a meticulous outline that tips into the five digits or the type who sits down in front of a blank sheet of paper and lets the words pour out of you like a runaway train? Did you know there are specific terms for this kind of writing? Writers will come up with words for anything, I swear. Plotters are the first type of writer. They like to have detailed outlines that tell them exactly where their story is going. Pantsers are the other type of writer, which is kind of a weird name, but the term was coined by Stephen King (a famous pantser) to describe writing by the seat of your pants. Cute, eh? There is no right or wrong way to write your book, and I’m going to repeat this so many times. The right way is the way that works for you.
Dystopian fiction is one of the darker subgenres of science fiction and fantasy. It takes us into dark, foreboding worlds, where oppression and bleak landscapes are the norm. Books like 1984 by George Orwell, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley have become classics that shine a light on political corruption, environmental disaster, and societal collapse.Why do we love these stories? Maybe it's because dystopian fiction allows us to explore worst-case scenarios, to grapple with the idea that the world we know and love could be lost forever. It's a way for us to confront our fears and anxieties about the future, to see what could happen if we continue down a certain path.