Archive for March, 2010

Sunday, March 7th, 2010
Test Driving

I’ve been working on my YA as I’ve noted in earlier blogs. To clean up my writing process, I purchased Scrivener. Scrivener is a wonderful writing tool for the Mac, but as Larissa and Stephanie warned me, it has quite the learning curve. I needed something that would allow me to get right to work, so I’ve been playing with Storyist. Storyist is a similar to Scrivener, but seems a little more geared to novel and screenwriting. It’s also more user friendly IMO and the customer service is wonderful.

My writing process to date has been to scatter notes in .doc files and in notepads, then spend hours trying to figure out where everything is located. I wanted a better system for my own sanity. I basically want a program that will function as a notebook. I need it to hold research links, photos, notes, character charts, blurbs, outlines, partials, etc. Basically I’m trying to go as paperless as possible. I’m tired of my drawers being stuffed. I’m tired of having multiple versions of the same manuscript and not knowing which one is which. I believe these products will solve that problem for me once I get the hang of working with them. I haven’t purchased Storyist yet, but I plan to once I’m sure it can do everything I need. At some point, I have no doubt I’ll go back to Scrivener and figure out how to work it. Like I said, they’re both invaluable products to add to the writer’s toolbox–if you have a Mac. There are other products out there geared for PC’s (listed at the bottom of the link page), so if you’re like me and would like to get your writing more organized, then check them out.

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
The Pains of Reinvention

Reinvention requires something I’ve never been very good at–letting go of the past. I’m not someone who ‘lives’ in the past, but I don’t tend to let go of things easily. My comfort zone is quite small. It’s been made worse so by working from home. There are a lot of things to analyze, when you start the reinvention process. Things like what type of website do you want, what kind of writing do you want to do, should you stay in a specific genre or move into something completely different, etc. At present, I’m trying to decide if I want to stay in the romance industry. I’m really not sure. I still like romances. They make up about 50% of my reading these days. But is that a reason to stay? Also, if I do stay, am I going to continue to write paranormal romance? Goodness knows I love the genre, but is it wise to reinvent yourself and stay in the same genre? Most of the examples of writers breaking out have come from authors who’ve changed names and subgenres. I can’t think of one author, who changed their name, but stayed in the same genre and went onto greater success.

So much to consider, but for now, I think I’ll get to work on finishing my YA.