Are you ready for summer, guys? Remember to grab your June wallpaper!
This week, I’m going to show you how to create and attach an entire gallery of them!
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll already know that I took part in April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I didn’t want to write a novel this time (I’m still working on my Guardians trilogy that I started in 2011!) so instead I focused on simply writing every day using a handy prompt sheet by Eva Deverell.
Grab your calendars and desktop wallpapers for May! iPhone? iPad? iMac? No problem!
If you’re like me and need images to inspire you and help you describe your characters, then it’s really handy to have those images attached to your character profiles so you don’t have to keep flipping between apps to look something up.
Liquid Story Binder XE lets you do this within the dossier — and, even better, you can have entire galleries of images attached, too!
Please be aware of plagiarism and copyright laws. It’s one thing to use art as inspiration (e.g. “I like how that creature moves”), but it’s entirely another to copy an artist or writer’s work verbatim.
It’s very easy to get bogged down or distracted by all the “fun” stuff that comes before the writing itself: drawing maps, designing worlds, developing characters, finding or making pretty art to inspire you or remind yourself what your characters look like…
The list of potential procrastinatory issues is endless and it can be very difficult to tell when you’re legitimately developing and planning the building blocks of a book versus when you’re dodging the actual job of writing.
I’ve had multiple conversations with my friend where I try to help him with his novel and my advice usually boils down to two little words:
Feeling floral for April? Grab these gorgeous wallpapers for your desktop, iPhone or iPad!
LSB has several templates already built-in, but they might not suit you if you prefer longer profiles or like to save vertical space (like me), so now I’m going to teach you how to create your own.
You’ll first need to read LSB: Character Dossiers to learn how to create basic dossiers. From there, things get a tiny bit more complicated.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard by now of elves and dwarves and orcs and centaurs and mermaids and unicorns and vampires and — well, you get the idea.
Modern fantasy is saturated with them to the point where it seems like fantasy writers don’t even try to come up with anything new. (Why bother designing your own species and beasties, that each requires a description and a culture of some sort, if you can point your readers at an elf and call it done?)
Even the massively popular Harry Potter is chock full of creatures that Rowling ripped right out of someone else’s back pocket (with a little spin to call them her own).