Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick 054 finds me acknowledging fear, confessing a rare moment of creative contentment, and I ask you a question about your creative life I hope you’ll answer in the comments. I also reveal a revelation about my current work in progress.
Links and Topics Mentioned in This Episode
- I spent quality time on my Shaper’s World storyworld, the setting of my last two works of fiction, the novel Light of the Outsider and the novelette “The Perfumed Air at Kwaanantag Bay,” and my current work in progress Shadow of the Outsider.
- Want to learn more about worldbuilding? Check out this previous episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick.
- How did the Shaper’s World come about? I wrote about it in this article about the creation of Light of the Outsider.
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- I use Scrivener for many of my writing projects, including Shadow of the Outsider. It’s a kind of “everything but the kitchen sink no haha we’re kidding the kitchen sink is included” software program for writers of fiction and non-fiction. It’s available for Windows and Mac.
- After testing everything, I’ve settled on Mindomo for visual brainstorming / mind-mapping. Give it a shot when you need a different take on the ideas, beats, and scenes you’re wrestling with.
- I mentioned I was loathe to look up the last time I sold any copies of Light of the Outsider or “The Perfumed Air at Kwaanantag Bay.” Well, in the interest of transparency and radical vulnerability, here you go: I last sold a copy of Light of the Outsider in June of 2022. I haven’t sold a single copy of “The Perfumed Air at Kwaanantag Bay” since the month it came out, April 2021. Ouch. I mean, seriously, ouch. My heart hurts.
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