A Writer’s Trap

Do you want to hear something funny? 

I have been writing a lot lately and the
words were just flowing out of my mind onto paper.  I got to the point
where I figured I should finally create an outline so I worked on it
over the weekend.  I outlined almost an entire book except for a few things
at the end.  When I started writing again yesterday I thought I would
write even faster with a guide in place but I found it more difficult. 
Today I looked at what I wrote yesterday and it is terrible.  I sat in
the hot tub after work and read a bit of
"Writing down the bones", a book Aimee got me for Christmas that I had
never gotten around to reading.  Anyway, the author talks about writing
spontaneously and freely.  I realized that the outline I created is a
cage rather than a guide.  I am no longer free to write what I want. 
Now I have to follow the outline I created.  My thoughts are always
changing so what I may have felt when I wrote the outline is not what I
feel now.  I created a trap for myself.

I am not completely sure of what to do.  I think I will just take my outline, print it, delete it, and then file it away for days when I have writer’s block. 

Mapping a Fantasy Novel

I have been working on a fantasy novel for the past few weeks.  I haven’t exactly followed good writing principles but I am enjoying it.  I just sat down one day and started writing it.  I still have only a partial outline.  Last night I reached the point where I really needed to define where my main characters were in this fantasy world so I spent my lunch break making a map.

Making a map, eh?  Most of us would sit down with a pen and paper and start sketching land masses, mountains, cities and the like.  Well I am a computer guy so my first move was to look for map generating software.  I stumbled across the Greenfish Relief map generator, a completely free application that requires no install.  It was developed by a Hungarian software developer who makes only free software.  I downloaded the application in a few seconds and then ran the program.  It was very easy to use.  I specified the size of map I wanted, water density, colors to be used for the water levels, plains, hills, and mountains, and the level of detail.  The program instantly generated a map.  By changing the random seed I was able to generate a few hundred maps in about 15 minutes.  I saved off a few of my favorites as image files and then added labels to the image in Microsoft Visio.  It only took about 30 minutes to put this map together.  Less time spent mapping gives me more time to write.
You can find the Greenfish Relief map generator here:  http://greenfish.extra.hu/downloads.php

Copyright Protection

Copyright Protection and Infringement Technologies ebook

Copyrights exist to protect creative works. This protection is given so that authors of these works can continue to create new content and to ensure that they are properly compensated for their work. If people are not properly compensated for their work, many will cease to produce it.

Those who continue to produce without compensation will do it for the pure enjoyment of creation much like freeware is today. In a society without copyright protection, the proliferation of these creative works would not be as great because the creator’s concern would be for creation rather than distribution. Furthermore, some would argue that the overall quality of creative works would increase without copyright protection and that in time more information would become available.

Despite these arguments, copyright law exists, and like any other law, we must comply with it. Technology has allowed many people to infringe upon copyrights in digital media, but it has also given content producers ways to guard against infringement. As of now, the future of digital content and digital copyright protection is still unknown. The environment evolves as a continual flow of new protection and infringement technologies emerge.

You can read this ebook from GRIN Publishing.  ISBN 978-3-656-29862-5