Productivity


I slept till almost 7am.  That’s sleeping late with my little dog.  I’m anxious to get up and start my day.  I’m going spend my day at the keyboard and be Productive.  This is what I’ve promised myself.  I’m excited to get started!

I get up and make a cup of coffee with my favorite creamer poured heavily.  Because, why not?  I linger over my coffee and watch a bit of the morning news.

I look at my phone and check my emails.

I had better take Rocket for a walk because it’s been so horribly hot here lately.  If I wait much longer, it will be too hot to walk him.

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Learning Scrivener


I found out about the program Scrivener through one of my favorite bloggers here, https://jessicabakkers.com/ Jessica Bakkers.  She just happened to mention the program in a  comment so I checked it out.

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Opening Chapter


I’ve not allowed anyone other than a few very close family & friends to see what I’ve been working on with this novel.  But I would Really appreciate any feedback, good, bad or otherwise, that you could give me.  Is it enough to hook the reader?  Below is part of the opening chapter of my novel.  

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Sarah’s first thought was “Did I nap that long?”  It was almost dark.  Then the pain hit.  It was an excruciating, blinding, pain in the back of her head.  She reached up to put her hand on the back of her head.  It felt wet and sticky there.

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What a Mess!


It seems that with my off again, on again process of writing, I now have 4 versions of my novel.  What have I done? !!

The original version has some really great parts, but a weak back story.  So I started the novel over again from scratch!

Enter version #2.

This version has taken a completely different route from the original.  While having the same End Idea as the original, the route it has taken getting there is much darker than I care for.

At some point along the way, I started with a version that was saved from something previous.  I opened the wrong document when I started to write and I created version #3.

After vowing to Just Write The Damned Story, I’ve been making pretty good progress on my novel.  But I have discovered that I made the same error, opening the Wrong Damned Document.

So NOW I have 4 flipping versions of my novel!! Every version is just a little bit different, because every time I would sit down to write, I would just take off from the last sentence on the screen.  I never seem to go down the same path twice.

How to fix it?  I’ve been really frustrated about this the last couple of days.  I’ve got a lot of work involved in this mess.  But I think I’ve come up with a solution.

I’ve gone through and carefully looked at each version and renamed them Versions #1, #2, etc.  This should eliminate future confusion.  I think now I can copy and paste into a Master Version.  I hope.

It sounds like a good idea in theory.

What a mess!

Keeping Up


I’ve spent the better part of this past weekend writing and submitting a couple of short stories online.  The writing that I did has been Long over due.

I’ve been trying to post something nearly every day on WordPress.  While this has been a terrific exercise to stretch my writing muscles, this and other activities have taken me away from my novel.

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