Not much writing was accomplished this week. School started back for my daughter and all the things conspired against me. Then I got a mad whim to finally learn how to use Scrivener. I bought the program two years ago and promptly let it get covered in digital mothballs on my hard drive. I think I opened it once, decided meh, and moved on.
I’ve written seven books in Word and my latest work-in-progress has been primarily written on my iPad in Pages. It seems to convert effortlessly to Word docx documents so all good.
Then the writing got slow. Really slow. Like writing through quicksand slow. Every tiny word gain was like pulling teeth. Way too slow and way too painful.
Part of that was my pantsing writing style. I had a plan…okay let’s get honest…half a plan when I started but then–THEN–it all petered out. Erm, I’m pretty sure my readers aren’t going to accept a 35K book four.
In Word, your writing document is one long scroll. It’s hard, super hard, trying to sort through it and move scenes if you find you need to. And that was exactly where I was. I couldn’t remember where scenes had happened or remember which POVs I’d used. The whole thing was feeling jumbled, thin and painful.
When I saw Joanna Penn was hosting a free Live Scrivener Masters Class webinar, I decided to jump on board. The next challenge, however, was my ridiculously slow internet connection. Folks. if you ever wondered where the end of the internet is it is my house. I had to pack up my iPad and head to McDonald’s in Metropolis.
The problem was their internet was only slightly better. The audio was tinny and broken, and I was beginning to think the Verse just didn’t want this book to happen for me. Well, SCREW THE VERSE. This book was happening, dang it! I toughed it out and picked up enough tips to at least know the language of the program and what questions to google when I got stuck.
I went home and imported my WIP into Scrivener and went to town. Not literal town because I’d just gotten home from Metropolis after all. I stayed up way too late breaking my 115 pages into chapters and scenes, assigning POV labels and learning how to use all of the fun tools. I had some super long chapters and one ridiculously short one so I did some shuffling, wrote some adorably helpful cork board synopses and like magic, I was ready to add some words!
I finally got up to the writing cave last night around 10:30 p.m. and by 2 a.m. I’d added nearly 3,000 words and broken past 40k. I even have a bit of a plan for the rest of the story, and I high hopes for the coming week. Those hopes are lower for my sleep hours. Lots going on this week.
Last night, I finally got up to the writing cave last night around 10:30 p.m., turned off all of my distractions (I’m looking at you internet), and by 2 a.m. I’d added nearly 3,000 words and broken past 40k. I even have a bit of a plan for the rest of the story, and I have high hopes for the coming week. Those hopes are lower for my sleep hours. Lots going on this week.
Last week, I sent out a newsletter update to my mailing list along with a survey to see if readers thought Ruth’s baby would be a BOY or a GIRL. If you’ve read the series, you know which was Ruth was leaning. The results are in and survey says:
You’ll have to read Reap & Reckon on January 6 to see which it is 😀
Also, a little piece of life advice for you…Never pass up a photo op with Thor.
Finally, I have one more surprise coming up in a week or so. Stay tuned and Reap on!