The World of Writing Streaming: An Introduction to the 4 Sorts of Writing Streams

What’s a writing stream? Who can do them? The place can I discover them? Be taught the solutions to those questions and extra, together with the 4 forms of writing streams on this introduction to the world of writing streaming.

You’ve got in all probability heard of gaming streams earlier than: reside broadcasts on-line the place somebody performs a online game with a digital viewers, and anybody can discuss with them through textual content in chat. However do you know there are all kinds of different streams too? The whole lot from cooking streams to train streams to make-up streams to—sure!—writing streams.

I am knowledgeable editor who’s been working a writing stream for over two and half years now, and it was an unimaginable honor for my stream be featured in Author’s Digest’s latest “101 Greatest Writing Web sites,” coming in at #11.

(Author’s Digest Greatest Reside Streams and YouTube Channels 2020.)

Writing streams are a terrific useful resource for writers, although they could be a little complicated to navigate for newcomers. So right this moment I need to go over 4 several types of writing streams, give some examples, and stroll by how YOU can greatest profit from every of them, beginning with…

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Workshop Writing Streams

Workshop writing streams are much like real-life writing workshops. They think about going over sure writing matters (similar to present vs. inform, battle, worldbuilding, and many others.) then follow them by writing prompts collectively.

That is the kind of writing stream that I do. Viewers select the stream’s subject upfront, then after a brief dialogue, we do a writing train collectively to follow it. We even have freeshare on the finish of each stream, the place any viewer can get reside suggestions on their very own tales.

This is an instance of an train stream we did on “voice.” We mentioned what “voice” in writing is, checked out some examples from books, then the viewers and I wrote our personal story collectively utilizing what we went over. I am an enormous fan of the humorous and voice-y opening that we created.

This is an instance of a immediate stream we did on character description. We used the web site to generate some faces created by synthetic intelligence, then practiced describing what they regarded like. Since they do not really exist, we might go as wild as we needed with no emotions harm!

In the event you’re seeking to hone your craft, get some constructive critique, and/or attend a workshop whereas social distancing, then a workshop writing stream is likely to be proper up your alley.

Neighborhood Writing Streams

Neighborhood writing streams are based mostly round viewers writing quick tales to the identical immediate, often earlier than the stream itself takes place. Everybody begins with the identical inspiration, however results in very totally different locations.

TaleFoundry is an instance of this sort of stream. Every week they’ve a brand new immediate, and anybody is welcome to submit a bit of microfiction (250-350 phrases). Just a few of the submissions are chosen at random, then learn on stream by the host Benji.

Along with being a terrific supply of inspiration, reside suggestions can also be given to every piece that is learn aloud.

This is an instance of one in every of their latest streams, the place the immediate was “moth to a flame.” They’d a pair encore readings, for a complete of 11 tales learn aloud. Perhaps yours might be subsequent!

In the event you’re on the lookout for inspiration, need to get some fast writing finished, and/or attend a digital quick story open-mic from the consolation of your quarantine, then a group writing stream is likely to be a terrific match for you.

Challenge Writing Streams

Challenge writing streams are the commonest kind of writing stream. They’re usually one individual streaming themself as they work on a writing challenge: a novel, quick story, or one thing related. Writing in solitude may be tough, so becoming a member of others in a digital house can each ease stress and maybe encourage new concepts.

BrenNailedIt is one such writing streamer. Her stream is often made up of a number of writing sprints, 30-minute periods the place she works on her personal tales and encourages viewers to do the identical. Each month she has a Twitch Author’s workshop the place viewers can submit their very own quick tales to get suggestions, and she or he additionally writes flash fiction for viewers as giveaway prizes. The main target is on celebrating victories, massive and small, whereas taking steps towards reaching your objectives.

RabenWrites is one other challenge writing streamer, who largely writes his personal tales on stream whereas additionally delving into artistic tangents with viewers. He is by no means shy about shifting away from the challenge at hand to look at assets, web sites, or different wonderful items of writing. His background in science training makes him have a tendency extra towards the nuts and bolts of craft, construction, and connections between phrases and readers.

TravisTavernTalk can also be a challenge writing streamer, who has written and revealed eight full size sci-fi and fantasy novels on stream, and has no signal of slowing down. He reveals the self-publication course of step-by-step, so his streams are a superb useful resource for anybody seeking to do the identical.

This is a brief introduction to Travis’s stream, the place he discusses his stream’s discuss present, write evening, and extra, all together with his superb handlebar mustache!

In the event you’re on the lookout for somebody to put in writing with, or only a stress-free stream to placed on within the background as you’re employed by yourself tales, then a challenge writing stream is likely to be good for you.

Superstar Writer Writing Streams

Lastly, there are streams run by superstar authors. These are a good way to get began on the planet of writing streams in the event you’re not fairly offered on the concept but. Somewhat than listening to a stranger discuss their tales, you may hearken to a favourite writer as an alternative.

Patrick Rothfuss is the writer of the favored fantasy sequence The Kingkiller Chronicles. He largely streams throughout fundraisers for his charity Worldbuilders, and he often makes time for some Q&A with viewers.

This is a video from final month, the place Patrick Rothfuss streamed with Jim Butcher (writer of The Dresden Information) and so they mentioned magic methods, amongst many different matters.

Brandon Sanderson is one other common writer who streams often on YouTube. Most just lately he is been streaming signings, whereas joined by the boisterous parrot Magellan, and answering some questions from viewers.

Streaming on YouTube is much like streaming on Twitch, and you’ll see one in every of Brandon Sanderson’s most up-to-date livestreams right here, in addition to the archive of his earlier streams.

All in all, the world of writing streaming could also be small now, nevertheless it’s rising every single day. In the event you’re an aspiring author your self, or if you wish to get the writing workshop expertise with out leaving your house, then give one a attempt.

There are lots extra streamers than these listed right here too. Simply check out the “writing” tag on Twitch, decide somebody who’s reside, and see what they’re all about. You would possibly discover a new writing buddy!

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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