Toby Downton

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Toby's first novel, Solarversia, about a year-long game played in a virtual world, will be self-published through Amazon on the 31st August 2015.

The book was created by Toby to showcase the world of Solarversia, a game he plans to launch in the real world in the year 2020.

If you like sci-fi, think of yourself as a gamer, and are interested in the coming virtual reality revolution, this is a book you can't afford to miss!

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Toby Downton Bringing my thoughts "to life". Creation follows a trajectory:

Thoughts > Words > Actions


Solarversia contained at least 10 years worth of random…more
Bringing my thoughts "to life". Creation follows a trajectory:

Thoughts > Words > Actions


Solarversia contained at least 10 years worth of random thoughts in it. Writing the book forced me to present them in a coherent manner, using the mechanism of fiction. During the process I realised that many thoughts I've had weren't so interesting after all, it's like you have to put them through a filter to extract the wheat from the chaff.

Part of bringing thoughts "to life" is hearing feedback from other people (I've only just started on that part of the journey). Were my thoughts interesting after all? Will they be interesting enough that people recommend the book to others, and it go on to become a best seller? And if so, will it become successful enough that I go on to get the investment I need to make The Game for real?

I can't think of anything I'd rather be working on right now. It's the most challenging thing I've ever done by far, but also the most rewarding.

Here's to attempting to make your dreams come true :-)(less)
Toby Downton I've never had it. I bought a fantastic book early on (Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story) that helped me get…moreI've never had it. I bought a fantastic book early on (Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story) that helped me get clear on the plot and the scenes that were involved at each stage of the story.

When I come to write a scene, I do a bit of planning first by asking a series of questions:
Whose POV is it?
Where and when does the scene take place?
Which other characters are in it?
How does it move the plot forward?
What makes the scene interesting from a reader's perspective?
What important information do I need to include?
How do I best "show" the elements of the scene, rather than "tell" them?
Is the scene best shown in this manner, or would it be more interesting if I showed it from a different perspective, or maybe didn't include it at all?

The answers to questions like these help to form the outline of the scene, which I then convert to prose ... or they helped me see that I was on the wrong track and needed to take a different approach.(less)
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Do you BeneKway?

I've written a new six-part story which I'm publishing on Medium. It's related to Solarversia in a roundabout way, but also completey different.

Check it out, you might just like it!

https://medium.com/@BeneKway/do-you-b...
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