Day 3 has arrived… it also happens to be the first week day. Where I don’t have a house full of kids and hubby. I have time and space to think of more than what do they want/need now. I had the 1667 words before 8am and I’m continuing to add to the count as the day continues. Stalker Puppy is trying to help, but he’s more of a hindrance.
I make my way eagerly through the dimly lit tunnel knowing there is something just ahead. Exactly what it is evades me, but I know I’ll discover it when the time is right.
Bwahahaha, No, really. I’m doing well, words and story are flowing, if not in great rushes, at least at a steady flow. I’ve managed my minimum for today and still have eight hours left in the day. I’m doing well.
How are things going for you?
I did it. Even with the teenagers having a Halloween party last night and staying up WAY past midnight. I still have more than 6 hrs left and I may be able to increase my word count, but I’m happy with what I have. How are you doing so far?
Until the release of Live that is. (Remember, it’s December 9!) The final book in my Kitsune series. It’s been a long time coming and I know you’re all impatient for it to get here, me too!
It’s something I get asked often, and I mean often. How do I outline. Well, here’s my dirty little secret. I don’t. Not in any traditional sense anyway. Let me explain though…
First I write in Scrivener for Windows. I’m not saying that’s what you need to write with, but it’s what works for me and my style of writing.
I usually start writing with a couple of good characters, some background story in my head (and sometimes written in a notebook somewhere) a starting point and and ending point. So I create my Scrivener file and in the novel section create two “cards” I use each card as a scene in the book. I title each card with something that tells me what happens in the scene “X meets Y” “Car Crash” “Robbery” for example and start writing. As I work things start to pop into my head “A needs to happen before we can get to L point” so I’ll create a card and title it and continue with what I’m doing. I’ll often also leave several blank “New Note” cards at the bottom of the project so all I have to do is title the card and drop it where it belongs in the story.
Later I may decide that I need something in between scenes, and this is where I totally love Scrivener, I can drop a new card in there or take an already written scene from some where else and move it to a new spot in the book, as simple as drag and drop.
Sometimes I’ll be somewhere else, doing something entirely different (picking kids up at school, waiting at sports practice) and I’ll think up several things that need to happen in the book, I’ll make notes, and when I come back add in the cards for those scenes, with enough info that I’ll remember what I need to do when I get to it.
Am I saying this is how you should do it? No. I’m saying this is what works for me, what works for you?
It’s not uncommon for me to come to a point in my story where I’m not sure how someone will react, or what will happen next. But I have a fairly simple solution, one that may even work for you.
I ask questions about the situation. I’ll write the questions down in the notebook for that story. For example: How does __ feel about x. How does __ react to x. What needs to happen before I can get to x. Sometimes the answers start to come to me as I write out the questions… sometimes I have to get away from my desk and do something else, fold laundry, load the dishwasher, lay down for 15 mins and close my eyes, take a shower are some of the more common things I do. I don’t go do these and think about the story, I go do these and clear my mind. It’s the clearing, and not focusing on what the problem is, that let’s my subconscious get to work.
How do you work through the stuck? Let me know what works for you.
One thing I’m often asked is how do I come up with my ideas. Honestly, it’s more difficult to keep track of and remember my different ideas than to come up with them. I’ve recently started writing my ideas out on 3×5 cards and sticking them to the wall. It may not be the most efficient way to do it, but
I was inspired by a pic of one of my favorite authors in her home.
<—- See. This is Laurell K. Hamilton. I love this pic, and have hunted for it for a couple of years.
Anyway, I write my ideas down stick them to the wall, and move on with whatever I’m currently working on. It’s not a perfect system but we’ll see how it works for me.