Writing in Multiple Universes

If you are like me, you have more stories floating around in your brain than you have time to actually write. Some of those stories involve one set of characters, others another. It can lead to all sorts of problems when it is time to actually sit down and do the writing.

That doesn’t even consider how complicated the story-telling can be in a single novel. For example, I wrote a novel once where I had some important but secondary characters show up from time-to-time. The initial writing of the novel went by very quickly but with revisions and follow-up edits, the names (and some of the description) of those characters changed somewhere between the beginning and the end.

Can you say continuity errors, boys and girls? I knew you could.

So, if I can have an issue within a single book, how can I possibly keep things straight when I have entirely different stories and universes to deal with?

It is actually easier than you might think and I started doing it when I realized how easy it can be to have those continuity errors. I keep character, place and plot lists. Since I use Scrivener as my primary writing tool, I have created a section within my documents that keeps track of those things. Whenever I introduce something new, I add it to that section.

When the time comes to start the next story in the universe, I usually just copy that information into a new document and away I go. That also ensures continuity between stories.

I will confess, I haven’t always been as diligent as I should be to do this (at least when I originally write the story/novel/whatever). Then, when the time comes to write the next piece, I’m forced to go back and pick out all that information. That can be a painful process and is usually enough to keep me focused on updating that section after the fact.

I also use Scrivener as a place to record all my story ideas. I have a single project that I put all those ideas into for future reference.

What do you do to keep everything straight?


Get Published Episode 157 – Chris Hite and Dimensional Abscesses


Here we are. The final episode before summer hiatus. Today’s show will be different from every show before in that the interview is solely conducted by my publishing partner and Get Published associate producer, Jeffrey Hite. Jeff talks to his son, Chris Hite, who was one of the contributors to the Dimensional Abscesses anthology.

They talk about why Chris wrote what he wrote and how. It’s an interesting, albeit short conversation that I think you will enjoy.

I also wanted to thank you all for continuing to listen to Get Published. There have been those dark moments in the middle of the night when I wonder if continuing Get Published is the right thing to do. But then I remember all of you who have faithfully listened for years now and I know it is. Thank you again for listening. I appreciate you all.

That being said, I want to give you a show that provides you with the information you want and need. I truly don’t know if I am at this point because it is rare that I get any comments or feedback. I completely understand why there is a lack of this; it takes time and effort to send feedback. Time few of us have to spare. I had hoped that by making the shows shorter in the past year they would be more accessible but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

If you are happy with what you are getting from the show already, please let me know. A single sentence to that affect will do. If you would like something else or more of what’s already there, it would really help if I hear that too. Either way, please spare me a couple minutes of your time to email me (feedback@getpublishedpodcast.com), send me a message via Facebook or Twitter. Your feedback will determine the future direction of the show.

And before we begin the show, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions or comments, you can send them to podcast@michellplested.com. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find the person best suited to answer it and play it on the show.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 157 – Chris Hite and Dimensional Abscesses

Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 157 – Chris Hite and Dimensional Abscesses (continued)

Welcome to the show.

02:19 – Promo – Mighty Marvel Geeks

02:52 Get Published Episode 157 – Chris Hite and Dimensional Abscesses (continued)

15:41 – Promo – The Neverland Podcast

16:24 — Closing

Thank you for listening.

Websites mentioned in this episode:

Evil Alter Ego Press – https://evilalteregopress.wordpress.com

Mighty Marvel Geeks – http://webegeekspc.com/

The Neverland Podcast – http://neverlandpodcast.com/


eBook Cards Re-evaluated

It has been almost two years since I received my first ebook card to sell. I remember how eager I was then to have the cards and get out to conventions to sell them.

A lot has changed since then. Mostly, my eyes have been opened to how ebook cards are viewed by the purchasing public.

Unfortunately, my early optimism has not panned out as I expected. That isn’t for lack of effort on my part, however.

The problem is, most people who own an eReader of one kind or another are not terribly technical. They like going onto Kobobooks.com or Amazon Kindle and pushing a button to have the book ordered, paid for and automatically delivered to their device.

Add in the complexity of going to a special URL, typing in a code, downloading the format of choice and then loading it onto the device? It just isn’t happening.

It takes a while to explain so people get it and, even once a card sells (yes, I have sold a few), rarely is it ever activated. I think only those people who are already using services like Smashwords have the level of comfort needed to use them effectively.

It has been a worthy experiment so far. One I haven’t yet given up on. Perhaps when I have a few more on my display will people start paying more attention.

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