I know with summer here and vacations looming, the children are home all day, it is hard to get some writing time in.

A few suggestions from the pros:

1. Schedule an hour every morning before everyone else is up or at night after they have gone to be. Set your alarm and treat it as a business appointment!

2. Sit the children at a table (kitchen table, coffee table, play table or even a card table) and ask them to write a story for you or draw a series of pictures to illustrate a story.

3. Spend at least 15 minutes each day in imagery…visualize your characters and what they are doing at that moment of the day. May help the plot line and certainly it will help you get to know your characters, their quirks and flaws.

4. If you get stuck set the story aside for a day or two and work on cleaning your work space,  or kitchen, filing stories or something near by! -Rose

Welcome to Kailey Williams, Jessica Reuter and Cecilia Brown, Jade Walker, Steven Krum, John Tyer and Gena Shadden, all of whom have joined our group this month. We are growing by leaps and bounds! All the more important to net work during the two weeks between meetings. Take a moment of your day to peruse everyone’s blog and write encouraging notes to them. Use the RSS feeds or request an e-mail updates and you will know when anyone posts a story or assignment.

Hirosan Speaks Out!

Harold  Tietjens spoke about the importance of outlining your work before you start the job at hand. Why? Several reasons.

1.  When there is considerable time between times you can sit and write (in the writing world that can be anything more than 24 hours!) it will help you remember where you were and where you are going.

2. Second it keeps your characters from wandering off on tangents you don’t intend for them to go. This keeps your story tight and within the word limits.

3. You can use outlines for anything from scripts to short stories as well as for books.

4. You can outline general ideas or down to character flaws if you want.

5. Your chapter outline can be used in your cover letter to editors to show them you know exactly where your story is going.

6. Scripts are a form of outline. Try to get a hold of one and take a good look at it.

7. Comics are another form of outline. The panels are like a storyboard for a movie. They show the characters, action, dialogue and setting all in one frame.

8. The three parts of a story or book are the Introduction (of characters, setting, antagonists, etc); the body (where the main conflict is revealed and action escalates) and the Conclusion (or the reveal, tie it all up; where the ends of the story are neatly wrapped up).

9. In newspaper reporting note taking is a form of outline in that it tracks your information so you can out it all in an order that makes sense. In reporting you do your research first then write down questions you want to get answered then get the answers.

10. Any publishing company will use an outline form to create photo books as well as written works.

11. Even Role playing game books need to be meticulously outlined in order to make sure nothing is forgotten.

12. Types of outlines: Chapter outlines (rough idea of what each chapter is about); Character outlines (descriptive of character); Location outlines (descriptive of locations characters will be in); background (history) outlines.

Questions were asked and samples of work passed around for all to see.  If you have any other questions you can forward them via the office e-mail at GBG Publishing:    office @ GBGPublishing.com

Harold Tietjens

Harild Tietjens -Editor-In-Chief-GBG Publishing, LLC

Harold Tietjens has published ten books on the history of Transformers (yes the toy) and was the author for several comic books for the Arctic Press for nearly 2 years as well as art editor for 3 years.  He is also part owner of GBG Publishing.

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Assignment #6    Read: Killer Ideas  sent out last week.  Make a list of 5 ideas that excite you. Take one of those Ideas and make a chapter outline for the story.

My five ideas:

A series of short stories I could submit to SF magazine involving nebula titles… Cliffhanger style?

A series of Rose’s Adventures Prior to Tex?

A new super hero series for comic book in which the heroes live down to earth lives.

Flights of Fantasy series involving faeries (either comic strips, short stories or novels?)

A mini series of stories in which computers become sentient and find out how real magic works.

The Jelly Fish Nebula

The Jellyfish Nebula

One hundred years of space exploration have passed and mankind finally realizes the truth. We are the only sentient species in our galaxy. Tales of alien beings with great knowledge, coming to save us from ourselves, have been greatly exaggerated. Earth Federation President Hau Ling must make a choice. Can she bring Earth into a new age of understanding so they can become the very beings they had hoped to find? Or will Earth try to destroy itself in a new struggle for dominance and power?

Chapter 1 Hau Ling receives the 100th anniversary time capsule.
Chapter 2 Realization that 100 years of space exploration has revealed that Earth is alone in her galaxy.
Chapter 3 Earth citizens realize what that aloneness means & hope for alien rescue dwindles.
Chapter 4 Earth’s economy begins to rock
Chapter 5 Shannae becomes Hau Ling’s shadow to prevent assassination.
Chapter 6 Hau Ling realizes that Earth inhabitants must become the very aliens that they sought or destroy themselves in their aloneness.
Chapter 7 The ship is beginning to be built
Chapter 8 Intua hired to pilot  the first frontier ship to the Jellyfish Nebula to settle an Earth-like planet.
Chapter 9 War threatens to destroy earth’s chances of launching the frontier class vessel.
Chapter 10 Choosing the sleeper passengers and reading for war.
Chapter 11 Saying good-bye to friends and family.
Chapter 12 Launch of the Frontier class ship.
I chose o do only twelve chapters, though I am sure they will be considerably larger than I first intended. I want the story’s main theme to be what would people be like if they realized that they truly were alone in the universe and how would they be able to handle that aloneness?

“Our Heroes should  be bigger than life and our villains nastier than month old leftovers.”

-Rose Angel

“Assignments teach us about working toward a goal in a timely manner. I think it’s called a deadline!”

-Rose Angel

GBG Publishing’s card game ‘Spin the Issues’ has made one of the  game industry’s largest trade magazines this week! Rated as “So much fun it will make your head spin!”

Congrats to Mark on, not one, but two stories sold this month! Yea!

GBG Publishing will begin working with authors that want help locating places to publish their work. Author must provide a current bio and pic.

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