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    New Earth Book

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by caters, Apr 17, 2014.

    I am writing a book about being on what I call New Earth and having to prepare during the next few weeks and than going there.

    Once you land you have to make things and grow things to survive.

    I have a good idea about the woman and the pet and what the woman needs to get but the man that is going to go with her is harder to think about. I am female myself so that probably explains it.

    The man has to marry the woman and than they live together for a couple weeks thinking about how nice it would be to establish a civilization and the number system they should use and all that.


    Now as far as the drawing that is going to be difficult, especially since the woman at some time in this book gets pregnant and the hardest thing for me to draw is a pregnant woman, side or front view. plus when I draw a man and a woman they look awfully similar.
     
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    Is this a graphic novel?
     
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    it is mainly words but has some pictures so that it isn't boring.
     
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    Just letting us know so we know to look for it at B&N?
     
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    Are you saying that it would be boring without the pictures?
     
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    I think so and with how survivalist this novel is people would probably expect pictures, and the math system they would expect pictures for as well.
     
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    You're going to have a harder time publishing it if you include pictures. This is true for both traditional publishing and self-publishing. My advice is to get rid of the pictures and stick to just words.
     
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    but why? I mean a lot of books on how to survive outside of the city like in the woods or something have at least 1 picture if not more demonstrating certain things. A lot of books related to math are similar in that sense. Mine is like a hybrid of the 2 + some fiction to make it even more interesting.
     
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    Are you talking about nonfiction books? I can sort of see why survival guides (or whatever they're called) would have pictures, but the overwhelming majority of novels, which is what I assume you're writing, don't have pictures.

    You mean math textbooks?

    If I understand correctly, you're book is a novel, a guide on surviving in the wilderness, and a math textbook all at the same time.
     
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    yes it is because in parts the man and woman make things to survive and grow things to survive and also have children after a couple years of gardening. That is how it is like a guide on surviving in the wilderness. In other parts they do math, even in the part where they think "Should we use base 10, base 12, base 20, base 60, or something else?" That is how it is like a math textbook. As far as the novel it is because it has chapters and fiction in it.

    Because of all that this novel involves in the prewriting research on how to survive in the wilderness, different base number systems and other math related stuff and even some research on medical things because medicine is part of survival.
     
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    The inclusion of such details doesn't mean your novel is like a math textbook or some other nonfiction book. Science fiction uses a lot of math and science concepts, but it still remains a work of fiction. You risk the possibility of alienating the reader if you include too many dry details. Not everyone is going to be interested in reading pages and pages of how the math works.

    Research is good, so I agree with this approach.
     
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    If I am putting in amounts of water they got each time it rained the first year the man and woman were on this New Earth as being equal to Ohio's 2012 precipitation* 4(because of 4 buckets on something that rotates at the same speed the water comes out of the solar still) for those rainy days between sunny ones when they got food and they are in the same latitude and longitude range as Memphis, Tennessee should I put in Ohio temps and a note saying that I am referencing ohio temps and it would have been hotter where they were, look at Ohio precipitation and Tennessee temps, or just ignore the temps and just put in the precipitation?
     
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    Most sci-fi books that use different measuring systems have a table at the beginning but it remains pointlessly confusing throughout. See Edgar Rice Burroughs' Martian Chronicles.

    Most books do not have pictures. Your reader will draw those, in their minds, for you. You should let them :)
     
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    Comic books have pictures.
     
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    Ray Bradbury wrote The Martian Chronicles. Just sayin'. ;)
     
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    A picture is worth a thousand words(or something similar). Most words are boring.
     
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    Really? With the trolling? "Most words are boring"?

    On a writing forum? :-(
     
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    You are what you read. Good night.
     
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    I am now a silly silly man. A big tall man.
     
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