I was a die hard Word writer. As an organizational freak, how could I not love the fact that I could have a new word document for each part of my story. One folder for characters, a different document for each person. A folder for each setting, a different document for each location. Folders within folders.
Then I found Scrivener.
I’ll never go back. In scrivener I can organize the same way, or a million other ways. I can also plot and write. Couldn’t I do that with Word? Sure can. But, not this easy. I can see all my files and folders in the binder, a list on the left side. With Word, I can, but not at the same time I’m writing. Also, with one click of the mouse, I instantly move between pages. I can easily rearrange the order of my scenes or chapters. Genius.
I admit it was time consuming to learn. I had to take a class on it. Well, it was my organizational side that wanted a class. I had taught myself within a few day half of what the program could do. It was enough and I was happy. But, in the class I learned all the bells and whistles. Most of them I don’t remember how to do. Who can remember probably a thousand things that you will probably never use? But, if I think I want to do it, I remember the program does it, then I can go to my ‘Scrivener for Dummies’ book and see how it is done. Thank you Gwen Hernendez!
I actually did that last week. I wasn’t sure how to add a photo to a character profile I was making.
The best writing motivation is Rachel Aaron’s 2K to 10K.
I’ve read this book at least 3 times, and I rarely read books twice. As a writer I struggle with the silly stuff. I know what I want to do, and I know how to do it, but when it comes down to doing it, I’m lost. Only another writer knows what I’m talking about.
Rachel Aaron tackles this in her book. The strangest thing, her advice how to deal with it is straight forward common sense. The only way this advice will not work, is if you don’t even try.
It takes three elements to increase your writing. Knowledge, Time, and Enthusiasm. Check out the book to see how they work together to accomplish your writing goals.
I encourage any writer to check out this book. It is the value of a lifetime at only $.99.
Until Levi broke her heart, Ruby believed the worst moment of her life happened when she was injured in a multicar crash.
Ruby Larsen totals her car on the highway in a multi-car crash due to the current mayor’s neglect. Levi Rockhold, a paramedic pulls her injured body from the wreckage. The moment he reveals he’s running for mayor to improve the city and help the citizens of Millerville, he becomes her hero.
As she heals, Ruby rallies at his side and loses her heart in the process. But is Levi the self-sacrificing hero she believes him to be, or does she fall for the faux facade he shows the world that is a political lie?
My current WIP is about 20K short of my 75K goal. How did I fail to plan properly? I’m not sure, but since it is the first novel I planned and wrote, I’m not to upset. I admit I am learning. I’m not going to give up, but rather look over my novel and decide what to do at this point.
I took time away from it and sat back and read it as a reader. I think there are areas that can be further developed and a few more details added to increase the depth of the story.
When I started, I gave myself a four month deadline. I’m in my sixth month. Should I keep to my deadline, knowing I had no idea if I could make that deadline when I set it, or do I ignore deadlines and work to finish the best novel I can write?
I want to be a novelist. I do not want to publish inferior stories for the sake of a deadline, but at the same time, I will not finish if I don’t push myself.
I’ll keep you informed of my journey to finish Ruby’s Hero.
This is the first of many blogs. I’m on a writing journey. I have written many stories, but decided to write a novel. I admit I thought it would be easy. Have a story, decide on characters, then see what those characters do. But, it isn’t as easy as I thought. There are parts of a novel that readers don’t realize are part of the creative process.
I decided to learn all the ins and outs of the craft and then work my way to becoming a published author. I am nearly complete with my first novel. Well, not my first novel, but the first one that is good enough for me to give others to read.
This blog is about my journey. I will write about my journey and share what I am learning along the way.
Feel free to leave me a comment. I’d like to know about anyone out there that is also a writer. And if you’re not a writer, what you like to read.
Thanks for joining me.