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Message started by Micah Joel on Apr 30th, 2015, 1:37am

Title: Has anyone done a blog series for writers?
Post by Micah Joel on Apr 30th, 2015, 1:37am

I've seen several general tutorials. And I know there's a bunch of writers that have used Tinderbox to keep track of things. But has anyone done a blog series targeting writers / worldbuilders?

I'm starting out here (can provide link later)
and am interested in any prior art. Thanks!

Title: Re: Has anyone done a blog series for writers?
Post by J Fallows on May 1st, 2015, 2:55pm

I am not aware of exactly such a series of tutorials. There are some nice posts on the Welcome to Sherwood blog, here: https://welcometosherwood.wordpress.com/tinderbox/. And a professor in Canada, whose coordinates I don't have at the moment, has also done some useful how-to posts. And the French academic Dominique Renauld has written a number of very interesting posts, most recently here: http://www.dominiquerenauld.fr/fluvial/.  

Hope you will check these out and add to the mix!

Title: Re: Has anyone done a blog series for writers?
Post by Hugh on May 2nd, 2015, 7:31am

In addition to James' excellent suggestions, there's a video on planning a book with Tinderbox here: http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox/video/Planning.mov
and a thread on "notes for a novel" initiated by Jeff Abbott here: http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox/forum//YaBB.cgi?num=1199812821/0.

However, it's worth noting that both of those resources are several-years old: the principles remain the same, but, especially after the revamp involved in Tinderbox 6, the details of implementation may have changed.

A further resource that may be worth your while reading is Mark Bernstein's book The Tinderbox Way - again, excellent on philosophy and principles, less relevant for practicalities.

For me, the most useful of all these have been Steve Zeoli's blog Welcome to Sherwood (see James' link above) - although, note, mostly about Version 5 not Version 6 - and The Tinderbox Way.

Title: Re: Has anyone done a blog series for writers?
Post by J Fallows on May 2nd, 2015, 12:47pm

And I hadn't fully reckoned with the appearance of a new post on Welcome to Sherwood, about tricks and techniques of outlining in TB6.2. Very much worth reading too. It's here:  https://welcometosherwood.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/outlining-with-tinderbox-6-6-2-to-be-precise/

Title: Re: Has anyone done a blog series for writers?
Post by Scott Heftler on Nov 19th, 2015, 5:08pm

I organized the most difficult sections of my dissertation in Tinderbox.  I even made an automatic outliner inside of Map View using an agent!

It was an emotionally difficult time.  I bounced around among DevonTHINK, TB, and Scrivener.  I used the variety of interfaces to medicate myself with engaging complexity, not of writing and thinking, but of tinkering.  For the same reason I drive manual transmission.  The sense of accomplishment that comes from mastering complex software eases the pain of writing effort and sustains an executive momentum.

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