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I Finally Got Scrivener

Scrivener has been a writing program that’s been in the back of my mind for a long time. So many of my writer friends that I’ve met through WordPress, social media, and NaNoWriMo swear by it. Even though I typically reach my goal each NaNo session and claim a “win,” I’ve never taken the opportunity to get 50% off of Scrivener. Until this summer.

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Too Comfortable With Word

In the back of my mind, I knew I would make the leap someday. I’ve seen people post screenshots of their work using the program on Instagram and other social media. I’ve always thought, “That’d be cool to use!”

I mean, the way I write my novels are using Word document and having a large poster with post-it notes along with a notebook or two of outlines and research. It’s a lot and if you use Scrivener, all of that is in one place.

(Who am I kidding, I’m still going to use the post-it notes and notebooks because I’m visual in that sense!)

Also, I’ve been using Word since I’ve learned how to type. I feel like, if I stop using Word, I’ll be cheating on it in some way. All my novels are already on Word and I know how to use it. So, part of me didn’t want to make the switch because I didn’t want to learn how to use something new. I didn’t want to take that time away from actual writing. Not to mention I didn’t feel like moving my novels from one program to another.

Too Much Money

Silly me, I thought Scrivener was too much money. Even though I get 50% off, I thought it would still be about $50 for me because I thought the program was $100. I also thought it was a monthly or yearly subscription. It just wasn’t something I wanted to commit to.

So, after all this time, I looked it up at the end of July, early August when the last Camp NaNoWriMo session ended. I got the 50% off code and decided to check it out.

Apparently, it’s a one-time payment and it’s only $45 which means it was about $22-$23 for me. In other words, I should have made the switch long ago.

Do your research, kids.

I Finally Got Scrivener

I’ll admit, I haven’t used it much yet. I’ve mostly been exploring what I can do on the program and am working toward moving some of my novels over onto it. Needless to say, I haven’t really sat down and “wrote” using Scrivener just yet. I’m looking forward to starting something new with it though. I’ll be continuing my mystery and other novels, but I might try to start something new so I can learn the program as I go along with a new writing project.

I think I need something fresh like this to get myself back into the habit of writing again. I think, between Scrivener and NaNo coming next month, this is a good opportunity for me to get back into that routine. I’m looking forward to it.

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Writing Is Like… Playing

Remember using your imagination out loud in front of your parents or friends and not caring about whether people are watching you or not? Yeah, I miss those days too.

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You’re Using Characters

I’m almost 26-years-old. I still have my action figures from when I was young. I still have my stuffed animals too. In fact, I still collect stuffed animals. I’m always creating characters in my head and having conversations with them. That’s one of the things I love about writing. I’m bringing my characters – some I made up or fan fiction – come to life. I can give them a voice and give them an adventure.

You’re Using Your Imagination

We all talk to our imaginary friends. We all wish we were someplace we’re not. We all wish we had superpowers or something of the kind. Writing allows you to take your imagination to new heights. It allows you to bring it to live and live the life you want, even if it’s just for a little while.

You’re Sharing It With Others

By writing down you’re imagination, you’re sharing it with others. Whether you get it published or just post it on your blog, others are reading it and being absorbed into your world. You’re teaching others morals from your story. You’re sharing life lessons and how to be imaginative with children. You’re allowing people to love reading. In the end, it brings us all together.

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5 Quotes From John Green

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1. “You can love someone so much…But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.”

2. “Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting.”

3. “Lucky Charms are like the vampires of breakfast cereal. They’re magical, they’re delicious, they’re a little bit dangerous and bad for you.”

4. “I try to live life so that I can live with myself.”

5. “Not that smart. Not that hot. Not that nice. Not that funny. That’s me: I’m not that.”

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Patron Short Story: Sunset [July 2019]

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Writing Is Like… Painting

I’m no artist when it comes to painting or drawing or even coloring sometimes. I tend to stick with doing rainbow patterns when I color unless I’m working on a cartoon character whose colors I know. There’s a lot of work that goes into a painting and the like as is writing. There are a lot of similarities between the two, as far as I can tell.

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The Blank Page Or Canvas

We all get that creative block once in a while. Sometimes we don’t know what to write, don’t know where to go next in our writing, or there are too many things we want to try writing all at once. The problem is, we’re having a lack of vision for a particular project or we have too many visions and don’t know where to start. I feel like painting can be the same way. What do I draw? What colors do I use? What style do I want to choose?

There’s a reason that pencils come with an eraser and keyboards come with a backspace.

It’s Abstract

Bouncing off of that, if you start with a paintbrush and make a mistake, you can either start over, attempt to fix it and turn it into something else, or work with it and make the painting look abstract. No two people view the same painting just as no two people read the same book.

Pictures and writing can be abstract in a way that we all interpret what we see differently from the person before and behind us. Poetry is a good example of this as well. The words flow together like a paintbrush’s stroke on the canvas.

In The End, Something Beautiful Is Created

Whether writing a book or painting a picture, something beautiful is always created in the end. The hard work pays off. This bit of practice will make your next project that much better than the one before it.

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Time To Write: Drive [Creative Writing Prompt]

Last week’s writing prompt was a General prompt. Check out some stories from fellow writers here:

This week’s writing prompt is:

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Write a story about the word above – Drive.

If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your post in the comments below and I’ll share it next week. Please be sure to link back to my blog so your readers know where you got the prompt!

Happy Writing! If you want more, check out all my other Writing Prompts here!

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Writing Is Like… Dancing

I used to dance when I was in upper elementary school and lower middle school. I had stopped for a couple of reasons and never went back. Though it’s something I do often when no one’s looking and should I ever get the money to spare and find an adult dance class, I wouldn’t mind trying to get back into it – provided my bad knee allows me to.

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The Words Flow

No, don’t tell me you have writer’s block or that you stare at a blank screen for hours on end. Once you start writing, it’s difficult to stop. The words just flow straight from your mind to your fingertips and onto the page or screen. It’s a good feeling when you have a steady stream of words going onto the page. Even when you write a piece of dialogue or connect something to the plot, it’s a great feeling. Writing is hard, but it came sometimes write itself and make a little bit of sense.

Your Fingers Dance

That sounded much better in my head. When I see “your fingers dance” written down now it sounds stupid, but I don’t know how else to say it. It’s true – when you write, especially on the computer – your fingers are dancing. They’re tapping against the various letters on the keyboard and even if you write pen to paper, your hand and wrists are still moving right along.

We Write To Music

Some of us write to actual music. I tend to listen to instrumental or classical while I write. If I have anything with singing or lyrics will I totally get distracted and start singing along and actually start dancing. Then nothing gets done. But still, listening to music while writing isn’t bad and I know a lot of people do it. But also, whether you listen to music or not, the tapping on your keyboard is kind of like music anyway.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll sometimes start singing or rapping in tune with the way I’m typing. I can’t be the only one who does that.

Right?

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Coming Back With A Fresh Mind

Happy Monday, everyone! I feel like it’s been a little while since I’ve posted on here. I skipped two days last week, which is totally unlike me. I usually have my blog posts done in advance, but I got behind due to writing. I was also busy with my Dad’s birthday, Easter, and other things. I’ve been exhausted and blogging definitely got pushed to the back burner.

It’s weird because I haven’t missed a day of blogging in three years. Still, I’d rather post useful content than post just for the sake of posting. I’m coming back for a fresh mind now, so I thought I’d give a quick (which will most likely turn into a long) update.

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Writing

Sunday Morning: A Collection of 52 Flash Fiction

First things first, writing has been kind of crazy lately. I’ve been working on a lot of different projects and officially know what the self-publishing process is like. My debut book, Sunday Morning: A Collection of 52 Flash Fiction is now available on Amazon. It comes out tomorrow, April 23, but you can still pre-order it right now. I’m still working on a few things – such as getting the paperback set up as well as getting the book out there on other platforms. It’s a work in progress, a learning curve, but hey – it’s on Amazon. I did it. So, if you’ve enjoyed my Short Story Sunday feature on the blog, then please grab a copy of Sunday Morning.

Crossroads

I’ve been working on my next Wattpad novella – which has turned into a novel. Which will most likely have a sequel. It was not supposed to be this way. Still, I’m enjoying myself as I write it. I have a long road of editing ahead of me, but that’s okay. I’ve been keeping notes and ideas for when that time comes.

I’ve been using this story as my project for Camp NaNoWriMo and the 85K90 Writing Challenge. As I write this post, I’m sitting at 45,717 words for Camp NaNoWriMo. So, I only have 4,283 words left to right to reach 50K. I’m hoping to do that today once my blogging is done for the day.

I’ve also been using this story to catch up with the 85K90 Writing Challenge. I edited for a good chunk of the “writing” months so I’m using April’s “finish” month to reach the 85K word goal. Right now I have 77,033 words. I need another 7,967 words to complete the writing part of the challenge. If I reach 50K for Camp NaNo today, that’ll knock down 4-5,000 words and I should be able to finish the challenge tomorrow.

George Florence & The Perfect Alibi

I’m getting closer to completing this one. I have a publication goal in mind for 2020, though that’s all I’m going to say for now. I’m still working on it, it’s still happening. It’ll be here soon, I promise.

I don’t have too much else to say about it. I’m in the final self-editing stages. Then it’s off to an editor, which I’m currently shopping around for.

Blogging

Posts

I need to sit down and look at my planner again and really get my posts in order again. I’ve gotten behind in getting them set up in advance. I have plenty of ideas but I haven’t sat down to work on posts in a while. This is definitely on my to-do list for the week.

Admin & Maintenance

I’ve been wanting to go through my old posts for a while now. I need to upgrade most of the pages on this site and there are some new things I want to do with the blog. I’ve had the business plan for WordPress for over a year now and I’m just rediscovering plugins. I didn’t realize the many different things I could do with my blog and also how fancy I could make it look.

I’ve had something in mind for a while and I found a way to do it through my blog without creating a brand new website. If I can, I’ll definitely work on that so I only have to maintain this blog and have everything in one place. It’ll make it easier for all of us.

There are also a lot of simple upgrades I want to do for the blog as well. Of course, this is something I’ll be working on throughout the summer (at least, my goal is to have this all done by September). I won’t sit down and do it all at once – no one wants the blog to change overnight. These changes will be slow and subtle. Well, some may not be as subtle.

Still, I’m looking forward to it. I’ve finally found a way to do all these things I’ve been wanting to do for a while! I feel like I’m creating a brand new blog and it’s a good feeling.

That’s It For Now

I was super busy and totally overwhelmed last week with the launch of Sunday Morning and everything else going on. When I tried to get any work done, nothing happened, but I did brainstorm. Now I’m back and feel ready to continue as well as implement my new ideas and plans.

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Ten Thousand Words

I haven’t missed a day of blogging in a long time. I had a post set up for today, though I didn’t write it.

It’s about 9:30 at night for me as I write this and my posts for the day goes up at midnight the day of.

Kris had the day off from work today, so we decided to give ourselves a 10k-writing day for Camp NaNoWriMo. Not only was I writing 10,000 words for Crossroads, but I was also giving Sunday Morning one final proofread before finally formatting the book and getting it up and ready to publish.

I have been on the computer writing and editing since 6:30 this morning. I took a shower and dinner break and that’s it. Poor Lilah (my laptop, not the character) has been on for 15 straight hours.

She definitely needs a break and so do I.

I was just about to get off when I realized I didn’t publish today’s blog post.

Normally, I don’t like to post just for the sake of posting. However, because I haven’t missed a day in forever, my OCD was flipping out.

So, here’s today’s post nine and a half hours late. Written in an exhausted tone because my fingers are tired. My butt hurts. My brain is mush.

I feel good though, in an odd way. I was super productive.

I hope you all had a lovely day. I’m beat.

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