A Productive Day 2-4-17

I didn’t make a start on a short story like I was hoping but I did manage to knock out all the work I needed to do on the Fan Fiction piece. I created a Scrivener file, sorted the story into chapters and scenes, put my notes into the chapter/scene summary’s and added additional notes as I was going. I then added a few notes for scenes that I need to add to tie it all up, although I think some of that I’ll digress from when I come to writing them, but it’s a place to start.

I was working on this pretty much from mid-morning and didn’t finish till pushing seven this evening. Towards the end of that time I was drifting a little, but it felt really good getting so much done today.

I’m going to crack on this week with getting these edits done and try to get this fan fiction piece wrapped up. I’ll be outlining as well, and hopefully I’ll get on that short story.

I’m going to wrap up now, finish watching this episode of Red Dwarf and then get some reading done.

Good Morning

In line with what I posted last night he’s a post 🙂 
I’ve not been up long and it looks a bit miserable out there today. I seriously doubt I’m going to get any words written today. Once I finish work at 3pm I’m going to wash my car (it’s at the point where the seldom used rear doors can’t open due to the build up of dirt). Then it’s home to clean out the henhouse and then I’m off out tonight with a couple of friends.

Tomorrow I’m thinking I may look at my vampire collection and start doing some of the edit notes for it. I may create a new Scrivener file for it as the current file isn’t the best format, I’d like to set it up so its in a novel with parts file for it. But that’s a minor detail and won’t take long.

As I said in my post last night I’m thinking about starting to type up what I’ve got written on the Avoiding The Game rewrite, so I may begin that tomorrow as well. All that will be after I’ve washed a motor home.
Have a good and productive day everyone 🙂 

A Productive Day

Despite what I wrote here yesterday I didn’t do any writing at all. I spent the day playing Football Manager and watching the score lines from the final day of the premier league season coming in.

Yes, I felt bad and very lazy about this.

Today though, I wrote 3100 words by about 1pm and then this afternoon I read through some Beta Reader notes for my vampire collection.

I emailed the latest, completed chapter off to Owen and I’m eagerly waiting to see what he thinks.

Now, as I said yesterday I think I’m only going to be able to work on Project Apollo when I have access to the Scrivener files, so why I’m on my lunch breaks at work I’m going to get back to working on the Avoiding The Game rewrite and I’m going to try and write on Project Apollo in the evenings. At worst I’m going to try and get a few thousand words done on Sundays.

But I’ll see how that goes 🙂

Ready, Set, GO!

Good morning all. I had last night off from the writing. Once I’d gotten home from work and sorted the henhouse out and had a bath and dinner and tidied up a little it was pushing 8pm so I decided to rest my brain a little. That does mean I’m already behind on my 1000 words a day target but hey, I’ve got time to make it up and I’m being realistic here. If I do manage to end the year with an average of 1000 words a day that’ll be something close to a personal miracle.

So today, I am gearing up to do some words. I’m writing this post to get my brain firing a little and see if it helps get those first few words written when I open up Scrivener.  I’d like to get a decent chunk of words written this morning so it leaves my afternoon open. I’ve got a few little jobs that I keep putting off that I’d like to do today (that’s not going to happen but if I say I’m going to try it makes me feel like I’m making an effort 😛 ).

That all said, I’m off to get writing. What’s everyone else up to today?

Putting Notes Together

I’d set aside tonight to work on putting together all my electronic and handwritten notes that I have on The Residents, and I’ve got to say how much easier it is putting all of the data together. Chrystalyn and I have spent many hours brainstorming (a quick ten minute brainstorming on Skype often turns into at least an hour conversation) and we’ve got a lot of the world building and character work done. The story is pretty well thought out as well and I think the next big part of that is working out a timeline for the story. That’s not something I’ve done so I need to look into it a little and see what tips I can pick up.

I still need to get the handwritten notes added to the file and work my way through the files to clear out any repetition that there is bound to be in all the copy and pasting I’ve done tonight. A lot of the notes I’ve got are a little cluttered so there is some repetition that I need to work through. But I’ll do that once I’ve been through and added all my hand written notes, and then it’s off to Chrystalyn so she can add anything I’ve missed 🙂

Finding The Best Approach

Despite wishing I was more able to at least do a little planning I am a discovery writer and I think it’s something I will always be, but since using Scrivener I think I’ve found out something about my method.
My current WIP, I’ve had sitting gaining dust since I first started it in 2009, has always been a collection of short stories that tie in together. I hope the way I’ve written them means you can read them on their own, but me being the control freak I am I’m putting them together in their correct timeline and will hopefully release them as a single volume. So having some sort of organisation as to what happens during the course of these stories was needed. Most of my ideas for how they built to an end game were kind of hazy, but since I’ve got Scrivener and since I’ve taken the decision to throw myself into my writing how I should have down three years ago, I can see where I want to go with them.
This is the first real project I’ve tackled with Scrivener and I’m glad I choose this one as it does allow me to set the individual stories into a proper timeline and it’s very easy to put notes into the sections further down the line. For example: in one story I have a character who later on will be the subject of an investigation and there were certain elements that sprung to mind as I was writing an earlier part of her story. So normally I’d rely on either memory or a postik note, neither of which work especially well for me, but with scrivener I can go to the section in the file where the later events will take place and write these little details in the notes section of the file.
I can also tweak the simple synopsis’ for later stories as I’m going and I can jump between the ten different sections I have for this collection without having to open up ten separate windows.

What does this have to do with being a plotter or a pantser I hear you ask; well, it means I’ve noticed that as I’m writing I’m planning events that will happen further down the line. Looking back I’ve always done this, but I’m slow and I’m just sussing it out now.

 

The last two months I have really thrown myself into my writing, the last month in particular and I’m actually feeling like I can write again. For so long I’ve felt like I’d lost something, I think that was that spark of creation and a lot of self belief. Since the middle of March I’ve written two complete short stories and two chapters on Project Apollo, I’ve also read through and edited six other short stories. All in just under three months. All I have to do now is keep this focus, this determination because its time I pulled this altogether. With that I am getting a little help. My local Facebook NaNo group is incredibly supportive and welcoming. I have friends who are writers that have always been there to support me.

I’m finally feeling good and excited about my writing again, it’s been far to long since I’ve had this feeling.

 

A Flash Post

Evening all; this is just going to be a small, quick little post (so ignore all typos and other mistakes I’ve made).

I’ve already adjusted the order my vampire series so it fits better into the timeline. Thankfully I’ve only had to move two stories about and one of them doesn’t have anything in it which I’ve had to change to fit in better. It’s a pretty self sustained little story that one.

After going through the first of the collection on Sunday it occurred to me that I have a character that’s mentioned who docent appear anywhere else in the series, so I’ve fixed that.

What I’ve come to realise as I’m working my way through these is that I’m going to need to go over them all again and make sure the continuity is good and in building, and giving the characters some more depth in their back stories as well as getting the surrounding details accurate.

After loosing last night to writing 950 which I’ve trashed today I’m at least a day behind where I wanted to be and I think I’m going to have to revise my expectations a little as I’ve got more work to do. Scrivener is helping a lot; It’s made me think of the bigger picture and it’s giving me an easy way to make notes in the one file so when I come to need them I don’t have to go looking for them in different folders.

That’s enough rambling for one night. I’m going to dive into a book then bed. Come tomorrow evening I need to get dome plotting done.

A Productive Day

I managed to get the last story, in the timeline, of my vampire series read through and red-penned. That one was the first that I actually wrote before I even had an idea of building this idea into a series. That in mind, I had to make a lot of changes to want I’ve got in it for it to tie in better to where I want this series to go. Although it was the first story I wrote, it actually is the last in the timeline of the series.

Once I’d got that done I spent a bit of time transferring the files over to Scrivener and getting them into the order I want them to appear in. The way I have the six stories I’ve already got written means I had a lot of flexibility when I put them in their final sequence. A couple had to go in a certain order because of events that happen in them.
I had them nicely set out, which meant I could fill in the gaps in the series. I’m looking at having ten in this first collection, or series may be a better way to think of it. I had five drafts done, and one partial. I know what I want to do with another one so that left me with three gaps to fill. One was easy to do so and the other two came after a little musing. For the unwritten ones I’ve got synopsis’ written for them so I know where I’m going with them.
I do have one other partial, it is set in the series and but I didn’t like the protagonist and I’ve scrapped it. I also have a handwritten piece partially written which I’d love to include but it’s not going to fit into the timeline that well. I’m going to file it and maybe put it together at a later date.

This afternoon and early evening I got the first in the collection edited and it’s now done! It took a fair bit of doing as I was putting in Beta reader notes as one of my readers has already looked it over.
Also, I started writing these in late 2009 so they are very rough. The grammar is horrid and some of the sentence structures is cringe worthy, and the amount of times I used the word ‘That’ is ridiculous!
Which all means that each one is going to take longer to make these changes then I initially thought. That isn’t a huge issue though as I’ve no deadline for this project.

Owen has gotten the latest two chapters of Project Apollo that I sent him so I fully expect to be taking the time to work on those in the next month as well.

Just two last things before I wrap this post up.

I want to thank my local NaNo gang for just being there, there a great gang and really supportive.

And I’m ending on a sad note; the writer Jay Lake died this morning after a long battle with cancer. I was friends with him on Facebook, and although I’m not a huge follower of his work, when I came across it I found I thoroughly enjoyed it. Especially the work he did with the METAtropolis collections. We weren’t friends but I did admire him a lot. From what I’ve seen of him and the amount of love that is being shown on his Facebook page, he seemed like an absolutely awesome man and I think this is definitely one of those times where the world is worse off now he’s gone.

My thoughts go out to Mr. Lake’s family and friends.

Rest In Peace Jay Lake, thank you for the stories.

Today’s Plan Of Action

The sun is shining, there’s not a cloud in the sky and I’m going to be at my desk all day.
Last night I downloaded Scrivener and spent the night reading through the tutorial (yes, I spent my Saturday night in reading a tutorial) and I can see why so many writers us the programme.
Before I can get actually working on it I’ve got to get the last of my vampire short stories read through and red-penned. Then I’m going to switch the files to Scrivener and start getting some of the overall story arcs and the little hand written notes into the file and then I’ve got to decide whether I get into making the edit changes, or start writing more stories. I’ve got to write about six more stories to complete the first collection, I’m aiming to have ten in this first collection. Although I’m beginning to think of it as more of a series, like a TV series.

So I’m going to do the washing up quickly, put some tunes and get cracking 🙂