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A few things about my work-in-progress:

It's not in verse.
It's like nothing I've ever written before.
I am starting to fall in love with my characters.


I am starting to fall in love with Scrivener for Windows. I downloaded the first beta version of it, and am enjoying using it thus far. I'd started writing the manuscript in Word, beginning with chapter one and moving forward, but I started to get nervous about my ability to write my way to the end of a manuscript, so I have, for the moment, decided to write the very shortest version of what will be a YA novel, and it is brilliant for that.

Right now, I write stuff down as a summary, split it into scenes or chapters as I go, et voilà: I am creating either the world's shortest novel or a rather pudgy outline. Once I get this version done, I will go back and flesh it all out better, but in the meanwhile, I am charmed by the application and by my characters, and I've become more confident that I will be able to work my way all the way through to the end of the story.

I view the process as akin to tracing the general design into bare rock - it will be etched more deeply into the stone on later passes. No NaNoWriMo for me, but I wish those of you who are doing NaNo all the luck and speed you require.

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Nov. 5th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
This is sort of how I do my NaNo stories. Rough short scenes with lots of bracket notes to help me get through the plot to the end. Then I go back after NaNo and fill in.

And I am loving Scrivener for Windows, too!
Nov. 5th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
I definitely see the benefits of Scrivener - the adding/deleting/shifting possibilities are just so much better than what exists in Word!
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yay for falling in love with your characters! (Imagine the sparkles. Mine are on the fritz again.)
Nov. 5th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
I especially love one particular character. He's yummy.
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Hooray for that WIP!
Nov. 5th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Yay for it going well and loving your characters!
Nov. 5th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
It certainly beats the alternative!
Nov. 5th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'm happy for you that you are in love with this story. Cheering for you!
Nov. 5th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
It's turning out to be a fun way to work on it. And as the Cat in the Hat said, "these things are fun, and fun is good!"
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Nov. 5th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
And now I'm laughing over Caroline Bingley's offer to "mend Darcy's pen", a term which had a double *coughhandjobcough* meaning back then. (His response? "I mend my own." I'll just bet!)
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Nov. 5th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Very cool that you're trying something new (and even better that you're loving it) :) Right now, I'm NaNo-ing with my revision (just counting the new words, of course); but hopefully I'll finish that soon and start a new book. It will also be something I've never tried before *is nervous*.
Nov. 5th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
I realized I was becoming crippled with fear and nervous about my abilities to actually pull it off, so I figured I'd write a short summary version. Once I've written a complete story arc down, I can go back and actually, y'know, write the chapters. But I won't worry that I'm going nowhere, since I'll already know the route!
Nov. 5th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, tell me of this SCrivener! I have heard other people talk about it, but generally feel too silly to admit that I am clueless. I've looked at it online but that was awhile back, and it looked confusing.

I have written four novels in Word... and I'm not sure how a word processing program helps. You're the one with the words, right?
What does it do that's so special?

Email me?
Nov. 5th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
Re: tanita
I was also confused. I am only moderately less so, but I am seeing where the benefits might lie. Will email you.
Nov. 5th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Short and pudgy you are not. Charming you are. Gosh, I feel like I'm channelling Yoda. Anyhoo, judging by the fun you are having both with your story and characters, I can't wait to read it for myself. Whenever that might be.
Nov. 5th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Wait - when did I say I was short and pudgy? I know I feel that way, but I don't recall saying it OUT LOUD!

I will eventually foist things on you. I do not have your iron willpower, Ms. Mysterioso.
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Nov. 5th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
I've used Scrivener to write one book and am using it now for the WIP. I feel like I'm really not using it to its full abilities. But I love the research section. I'll go down there, add a page, and just write myself notes - ideas for future scenes or thoughts about a character or whatever. And I do love how easy it is to insert or delete a chapter. I don't move things around much - I'm very much a linear writer. I need to watch some of the tutorials that are out there, I think.

Anyway - so glad you are having fun! First drafts should be like a playground first and foremost!
Nov. 6th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
I'm a pretty linear writer as well, but I like that it makes it easy to add a break (which can easily be a chapter break) and it automatically will call it such. (I called my first two subsections Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, so it automatically labels the rest of them - AND ADDS THE NUMBER! - when I break the narrative. Of course, I haven't quite sorted out how to add sub-breaks for scenes, which is something I ought to play with, I think.
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Nov. 7th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
Me too!
Nov. 6th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
Good for you! You're the first person I've heard who has been pleased with the Scrivener for Windows. Maybe for the next novel I'll give it a try.
Nov. 6th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'm finding it useful and interesting, too. For the idea I'm working on, it is ideal, actually.

I'm glad your story is going so well. Hooray for characters you can fall in love with!
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Nov. 8th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
I started playing around with Scrivener last night and it's awesome - love that I can finally make sense out of my Draft Zeroes - I just jump around so much and the scenes are all messed up in a big heap so it's great to be able to "untangle the knots".
Nov. 8th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
I have started leaving myself notes as well. And yesterday, I started to prepare a timeline to make sure things were being kept straight, etc., and I used the split-screen application to do it. Plus it generate a table really, really easily. (The timeline has three columns - one for the date & day of the week, one to say what happens, and one for the associated chapter(s).)
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Nov. 8th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
I just downloaded the beta over the weekend and I've gone through the tutorials, but I haven't gotten a chance to move my WIP into it. The little box that said the license for the current beta would be up in December when the next beta comes out kind of worried me. I'd love to play with it, but I'd hate to use all of its awesome tools and then lose their functionality. I would like to buy it when it comes out next year though.
Nov. 8th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
I have three chapters written in Word from before starting the Scrivener project, and I think I'm going to leave them there just now. The Scrivener files show up in my documents, and the actual text from the middle of the page is recognized from within Word - each chapter (my preferred designation) is actually there as a file that can be opened in Word, since it's in .rtf format. (I just tested it by opening Word to see whether I could do such a thing, and I can.) The little index-card synopses can also be opened using Word.
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Nov. 9th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
I'm so excited to hear more about this project! And so glad that you are feeling charmed by your characters. That's the best feeling. :)
Nov. 9th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
It really is fun.
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