Weekly I talk to a member of ALLi to discuss their writing and what motivates them, and why they are motivating to other authors.
My visitor this week is Kristina Stanley, an unusual author who also loves mathematics. The way Kristina has combined the two skills is in the fiction-writing software she established that guides writers along the method to attaining their creative vision.
A number of highlights from our interview:
On Writing a Scene
In the morning, I have absolutely nothing, and at the end of the day I have a new scene and that makes me actually delighted, and I can feel it in my brain. Its like a light has come on.
On Her Fictionary Product
Its more of a guide to assist an author make certain they know all the various ways of telling an excellent story and what works and what doesnt. And why is it not working.
Listen to My Interview with Kristina Stanley
, how do you explain why youre interested in something, but its entertaining for me. Howard Lovy: But prior to Kristina found the writer in her, she put her computer system mathematics abilities to use. Kristina Stanley: So, I worked for a business called Bell Northern Research in Ottawa, which
does not exist anymore, but Nortel Networks was the owning company, and with that, I was able to, not just work in Ottawa, but
she really liked computer science and math. So, she integrated them into a degree in computer system mathematics or the numbers and solutions behind computer programs. And its in those numbers that Kristina truly found herself. Kristina Stanley: Its mind candy for me, its puzzles. Its, you know, on the other end of the spectrum from composing a story, in a method, in that theres really specific rules and you
I run a business called Fictionary, which is online software for authors and editors to help them perform a story editor, and Ive been operating at that and writing for an excellent 15 years now. I have actually grown up all over the world. Ive lived in Canada, and the United States, and Sweden. In Japan, in Germany, in Aruba, Bahamas. I take a trip a lot and live in lots of places.
Kristina Stanley: That was actually my husbands concept. We were on a sailboat in The Bahamas, and I was working away, and he strolled by my computer and said, what are you doing? And I stated, oh, Im composing.
My guest this week is Kristina Stanley, who is a rare author who also loves mathematics. The method Kristina has combined the 2 talents is in the fiction-writing software she established that guides writers along the method to achieving their creative vision. Kristina Stanley: Well, hey there, Im Kristina Stanley.
Mainly, I matured in Ottawa, Kingston, Ontario location with a couple of years when I was quite young in Sweden. And then, you understand, by the time I ended up high school, I d been to 11 different schools. We moved a lot. My father was a teacher of engineering and he had a philosophy that to be really excellent at mentor, you also needed to work in the market. Therefore, he worked in the industry and at universities throughout his profession. Therefore, naturally, our household followed him around. Howard Lovy: Kristina went to university in Ottawa, Canada doing a year of organisation school, however she found that business was not for her. Along the method, she discovered that
I worked for 3 years in Tokyo, Japan, and I worked for four years in Friedrichshafen in Germany. I did about 12 years there. My husband also worked there and worked internationally with me, therefore that was our very first 12 years of marital relationship, generally. Howard Lovy: Eventually, Kristina found, almost by accident, her love of reading and her desire
to be an author. Kristina Stanley: It came out of left field, and it actually occurred when I remained in Germany. I read a book by Mary Higgins Clark called Moonlight Becomes You, and its a murder secret, closer to the relaxing side of murder mysteries.
need to follow them. And I liked the patterns of it, which is what drove me to liking the patterns of a story. Although more fluid, theres still structures and patterns, and thats what Im extremely interested in, in story. On the mathematics side, its like, you understand how individuals enjoy to do crossword puzzles which example? Thats what math is for me. Its simply entertaining my brain at something that is simply, I dont understand
Kristina Stanley: Writing came next. Howard Lovy: It wasnt long before Kristinas work caught the attention of a publisher. Howard Lovy: Now Kristina was an author, but she is the rare writer who is also great at math.
So, what had occurred, my representative at the time, really sensibly, I think
, suggested that my 3rd book in the series need to really be the very first book. And I was in the procedure of rewriting everything to take book three and make it book one, book one to schedule two, and book 2 to schedule three.
Kristina Stanley: What takes place is a writer imports their manuscript and Fictionary arranges it into chapters and scenes. Howard Lovy: If this sounds like some kind of digital formula to composing books, Kristina says, all you have to do is utilize it as soon as, and youll discover that its not. Howard Lovy: Kristina is likewise an editor and she uses a version of her software application called Story Coach when she modifies books.
Therefore, I had this extremely intricate spreadsheet, which I d invested years writing tips in, so that I had this big spreadsheet of, alright
, what do you need to take a look at for every single scene per character? And what do you require to the look at for plot and for settings? Therefore, I had this insane busy spreadsheet all connected and my hubby looked at that and went, oh, theres got to be an item for that, Ill find you something much better. You cant simply use Excel. And so, obviously, he looked and went and went, Oh, theres nothing. Since theres really nothing out there that focuses on the structure of a story. Theres a ton of excellent grammar software application, you know, Pro Writing Aid is among them, where you can do all of your copy modifying, however theres nothing for story modifying. And by story modifying, I suggest, structural or developmental or substantive, but I do not like those terms since I never understood what they suggested. Where a story edit is about editing your story, not your words, and so I liked the term story edit. And so, we type of discussed it then and believed, you understand, we could do this, why dont we develop something? And what we tried to build is something that would direct an author, however not be too strict. Here are all the things you should look at in a scene, but use them as you pick because you are the artist and youre the imaginative individual, however do not forget to think about these things. And so, we wished to put something where an author might easily get a heap of composing info without needing to browse through books and the internet, like I was doing and sticking it in a spreadsheet. We put all that in there in addition to 38 story components that we felt were key, although I had 86 in my spreadsheet, however that was simply too frustrating for individuals. We kind of( inaudible )at 38.
Kristina Stanley: The biggest thing we see is, with more recent writers, not understanding how to break their story into scenes, which
Kristina Stanley: Ill tell you, I believe really strongly that authors should all self-edit, and I do not indicate copy-edit or proofread since you cant see if and of and, you know, little words the and that, your eye cant see them any longer. Howard Lovy: No matter what approach of writing and modifying you utilize, the bottom line, Kristina states, is to select a subject youre passionate about and
just simply start, make it enjoyable satisfying yourself and readers will follow. Kristina Stanley: Pick something, a topic you enjoy, due to the fact that youve got to spend a lot of time with the book.
And so, a great deal of it has to do with finding out, what is a scene, and how to start and end it. Thats the most typical thing we see. And after that the next thing behind it is people with too many point-of-view characters in their story, and not actually understanding whose story it is. That comes out actually rapidly in the software that there isnt a clear lead character in the story based on the variety of viewpoint and the order and the balance of how they enter the story. Howard Lovy: Whether you use software application or not, Kristina is a big supporter of self-editing before handing your manuscript off to an expert editor.
My visitor this week is Kristina Stanley, a rare writer who likewise loves mathematics. Kristina Stanley: Well, hey there, Im Kristina Stanley. Howard Lovy: Now Kristina was a writer, however she is the unusual author who is likewise great at mathematics. Kristina Stanley: What takes place is a writer imports their manuscript and Fictionary organizes it into scenes and chapters. Kristina Stanley: Ill tell you, I think really strongly that authors need to all self-edit, and I dont mean copy-edit or proofread due to the fact that you cant see if and of and, you understand, little words the and that, your eye cant see them anymore.
is important for circulation and reading pleasure from the readers perspective. Thats kind of the
number one thing that people get individuals, how to end a scene and start, how to flow from stream scene to the next, how long a scene should beOught to where it should be ought to their novel.