Yes, I forgot today was Friday, and therefore I didn’t prepare a blog post for today. Sorry. I know quite a few of you look forward to them twice a week, and I apologize.
Right now, I’m breaking down the Weatherboy sequel chapter by chapter to give myself a blueprint to follow. Much as I enjoy writing by the seat of my pants, it’s starting to get old hitting that wall again and again while I try to decide where the story goes from there.
After talking with AJ this morning, I decided I needed to get serious about putting together a better outline to maintain forward momentum. I use Evernote to keep track of book details (characters traits, descriptions, etc.), and it’s not hard to create a new “note” that contains chapter highlights. This gives me a path to follow while still allowing the flexibility I need to allow for the occasional stroke of genius.
Why Evernote? It’s synced in the cloud, so I can access it on any computer. I have a copy of Liquid Binder, but Evernote fits my needs perfectly. It even has a built-in webclipper, making it easy to save internet research to the program. I highly recommend it, and it’s free unless you want to go pro. The other program I use to access my stuff anywhere is Dropbox, which also provides a reliable backup in case of machine failure. Which one of us hasn’t been terrified at the thought of losing a WIP?
Currently, I have three computers: two laptops and a desktop. The latter is the storage machine, along with external hard drives. It also has the nice big monitor, which I love when I work on photos. And it’s the gaming machine. Though I’ve had it for two or three weeks, I only started setting it up yesterday. The basics are done, but the details remain.
Why two laptops? One is a backup for the other. Computers fail, there is no getting around that, so I purchased a cheap Dell during Black Friday (from Amazon; no way would I go to any store that week!). The Dell has become my writing machine. The Acer is now used more generally, including for some photography work, as it has a 17″ monitor. The Dell’s battery lasts longer than the Acer’s, clocking in at around six and a half hours; this makes the Dell more portable, too.
Anyway, back to Weatherboy: I’m working on that one again. I’m up to 12000 words. The goal is around 45K, which is standard for YA. I’m also proceeding with the first book of a new series. I’m excited about them both! And of course, new stories are always popping into my brain, trying to distract me. A writer’s brain is a right mess, let me tell you. 🙂
While all this is going on, I’m also editing. Work comes first; so unfortunately, the writing often takes a backseat to that. But things progress, as they always do.
The weather here has been amazing. Blue skies every day, sunny and warm. I’m wearing shorts and going barefoot, and it’s late December! I have not once regretted moving here.
Have a terrific weekend! See you Monday.