My Writing Life # 2: Scrivener

I was supposed to post this Friday, but with my childhood cat dying and getting a new kitten, things here at my house have been kind of hectic and to be honest, this is the first time I’ve been able to get some free time in order to do anything that involves writing so here we go!

Ever since I started writing, I have been doing so long hand with nothing more than a battered old notebook with the cover torn off and a pen that was probably missing its cap. This was something that I have done for years because it was so easy for me to pack it up and take it with me wherever I went. However, as I began taking the planning stages more seriously, it became more difficult to take my writing with me while out and about.

Enter Scrivener.

This program practically saved my writing. I heard about this program through several different writing groups on Facebook and decided to download the free trial. Within a day of me downloading this program andscreen-shot-2017-02-14-at-10-27-55-pm exploring it, I bought it and have been very happy with it ever since.

I use this program to not only write my book, but I also use it to outline as well. Instead of chapters, I name the folders after what I want to happen in that particular chapter and then I name the scenes after a characters POV. Doing it this way actually helps me to keep track of whats going on in my novel and I find it easy for me to go back and forth whenever I need to check on something.

For more information and pricing, you can check out the Scrivener website here

 

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Characters

Good evening everyone!

I must admit that I mean to write this post earlier today, but between doing the laundry, cleaning my kitchen and doing some grocery shopping, time got away from me. Today (or rather tonight) I wanted to talk about characters and the importance they play in books. Whether you read books or write them, you know that just about every single book has at least one character in it (hopefully more). As I write my own book, I’m reminded how important characters are to a story.

You can have an awesome plot jammed pact with the perfect amount of action and romance, but without characters to put that plot into action, there won’t be a book…at least not a very good one. One of my favorite parts about writing is the planning stages and creating characters that I hope readers will love and connect to. I’m always on the hunt for pictures on the internet for people who I think would fit the physical description of my characters. For example, I looked to Pinterest to find fantasy type pictures that resembled my characters.

Anyways, if you’re anything like me and you have trouble keeping tack of your characters, then you’re probably looking for ways to keep track of the amount of characters that you have in your book. One way that I have found useful, is to name all of your scenes after that characters POV (point of view). This can be done using flash cards or Scrivener or any other methods that you use for outlining. For every scene that I write, I name that scene after that characters POV and I do this for a couple of reasons. The first being so I know who I am writing as and the second being so I can keep an eye  out for any type of power struggle. What I mean by that is if one character is getting all the scenes, but another character isn’t saying anything, then there’s obviously something wrong there and I need to make some adjustments.

Hopefully after reading this post, you will realize how important characters are to books (if you haven’t figured that out already). As for me, I’m going to shut everything down and try and get some sleep as the day is finally catching up with me.

Ta-ta for now!

B.

Small hiatus 

Earlier this week I had to go to the dentist for a tooth ache only to realize that I had to have a tooth pulled. This development has slowed me down a little bit and as a result, I haven’t done any writing.

on-hiatus

While I am feeling a little better, I’ve decided to take the rest of week off and focus on myself. Not to worry though! I’ll be back next week with more blog posts and writing fun.

Until next time,

B.

Pinterest for Writers

I meant to post this a few days ago, but with work I have been just too tired and I have only written a few sentences over the last several days (sad, I know). However, I remembered that if I kept waiting around for the right time to write this post, than it would never get done. So, here I am sitting at my desk, tired, but none the less excited about talking about what I wanted to talk to you about.

As you might have guessed already from the title above, this post is dedicated to Pinterest and the use it has for writers. I am not ashamed to admit that I am obsessed with Pinterest and have been since it became popular several years ago. Today, I have two accounts one for personal use and one that is strictly dedicated to writing…my professional Pinterest page if you will.

screen-shot-2017-01-21-at-7-04-33-pmWriters of all genres use Pinterest for a variety of reasons, the most common that I have seen is to use the popular site to plot out their novel or make story boards with a variety of pictures that you think fit your book. Since my breakout novel is a fantasy, most of my boards have to do with fantasy writing such as world building, magic, and the religion of Wicca. I have even started a story board for my novel to give myself a better understanding of what I think the story is about and how it should go.

To visit my Pinterest page, you can click here

Until next time!

B.

 

 

The Journey So Far

Antique Compass For the first post for this blog outside of the series that I started, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself to you as a writer, telling you how I became to be a writer.

I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. My mother began reading to me as an infant and when I was old enough to talk, I began to tell the stories back to her just by looking at the pictures in the books since I couldn’t read yet. When I think about it, I guess my love of writing began at a very early age. Growing up, I’ve always had a very active imagination, but it never occurred to me to write my thoughts and ideas down and it certainly never occurred to me to become a writer.

In high school, I began writing for the paper for my own column. Nothing fancy, just book reviews and other topics that had to do with books. Everyone in school knew I was a book-worm and my editor thought it might be a good idea for a column where I wrote about the books that I had read.

When I was sixteen, my family was dealt with a huge blow when my Nana was diagnosed with lung cancer. She was optimistic  about the diagnosis however was so sure that whatever treatment the doctor had her do would be successful. I wanted to believe her, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t shake the feeling that nothing would work and it didn’t help matters any that only five years before, my Papa had died from the same type of cancer.

In the hopes of coping with the bad news, I had thought it would be a good idea to keep a journal, but I had never been the kind of person to be able to keep a journal for more than a few days. Deciding that keeping a journal wasn’t for me, I just started making up stories and thus, my writing life began and I’ve been writing ever since.