August 6 2013

A Beginning

I’m excited about sharing my writing experience. For the first time in a long time I’m following my dream(s). It helps that I have a partner (my husband) who supports and encourages me. So pen and index cards in hand, coffee in the other hand, my computer and Scivener, a cork board (or three) to tack my inspirational stuff to, and a few books about writing, as well as a ton of good (even great) fiction books that I’ve enjoyed over the years, and I’m ready to begin.

Next step, figuring out that I don’t work well as a panster, or an OCD plotter. I’m somewhere in the middle. Since I started using Scrivener I’ve found that I can plot the basic outline and then write from the gut, or the heart, or that secret place…Doesn’t matter what you call it. To me it’s my writer’s eye, or maybe it’s the reader’s eye, since I want my readers to get that same thrill, that smile, that WHOA moment, that I can’t put this book down…the I’ll just read one more page or one more chapter…

So I thought the best way to chronicle the process was to start at the beginning. I’ve participated in a few Camp NaNoWriMo’s, and won one, the last one I made my word count goal but the computer started acting up around the same time I ended up watching my 1 year old grandson full-time while my daughter works, and damn if I didn’t forget what day it was and not put in my words on time. Oh well, there’s always November. 😀

Today I’m working on my character outlines…I’m using the Character template from Scrivener and adding in personal info of my own. Tomorrow I’ll be finishing my basic outline. I’m trying the 3 act structure model for fiction to see if it helps. We’ll see how that goes. Tomorrow’s post will be about using the 3 act structure and whether or not it seems to be working for me.

An added note, I LOVE SCRIVENER!!! Best investment I’ve ever made.


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Posted August 6, 2013 by Burgess Taylor in category "Outlining", "Scrivener", "Writing

About the Author

Hello Y'all! I'm a writer, an art journaler, and a coffee addict. I'm working on a novel and chronicling the process and my progress. Grab a cup of Java (or Tea) and sit a spell. :D