My writing journal for Saturday, August 30, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.
Firstly, thank you for the kind words, if you sent me a message, or called to say that you enjoy the journal entries, and that they inspire you when you see what writing for a living involves. That’s what I hoped the journal entries would do… :-)
Busy: fiction and nonfiction
After yesterday, I was determined to get a flying start on fiction and nonfiction, so I kept going until I had 2,000 words of each.
The novella’s progressing well. However, I needed to introduce one of the characters earlier. It’s a romance, so the sooner you get the romance moving along the better. Ideally that happens on the first page, or at least the first five pages.
I’d written some cute material. but it had to go. Now both main characters appear in the first scene. It’s still cute. :-) When you start a novel, or short story, there’s a lot to set up. Don’t try to get it “right”. Just get something written. You can fix it later.
So I wrote the first scene, then went back to writing the next scene I’d outlined. Usually, I’d wait to fill in scenes until I finished the first draft. Whatever works. :-)
Speaking of drafts.
Second drafts in Scrivener
Nicole Crail asked about “version control” of drafts in the Scrivener Community on Google+.
You don’t need to use versions when you use Scrivener.
Here’s what I said…
I use Snapshots, icon changes, labels and annotations for revisions, rather than saving versions, as such. Pretty much as Gwen Hernandez suggests in her excellent article.
I also use a lot of Collections, to work out character and plot arcs. I use Collections to remove characters too – if I create a search collection for a character’s name, and see that he appears in just a couple of scenes, that’s a clue that he probably isn’t all that important.
Scrivener’s tools are brilliant. And you can use Compile as often as you like. Before the first edit, I compile the material to MOBI, for a read-through, away from my desk. I suppose that’s a version, but I delete it immediately I’ve read it.
I do a lot of ghostwriting, so I often compile chapters to PDF, for clients for feedback.
When Scrivener was in beta, I’d save the entire file under another name, but I haven’t done that in years. Scrivener saves my backups to Dropbox automatically. The backups are there, all zipped and ready, in case disaster happens to the file. I’ve never had it happen, but it could. I look on the backups as versions, too.
Email – student feedback, and projects
Time for email, and Honey’s breakfast, then my own.
As always, there’s a mile of email. Lots of feedback for students. I can’t get to the longer material until this evening, so I use Send to Kindle.
I mentioned Notability yesterday. Now that it’s on Mac too, it makes it easier to grab my notes add them to email. I can make notes on Notability on my iPad, and they appear on my desktop, ready to use. Perfect.
Client blogging — draft posts
My eyes are on the clock, because I need to run errands this afternoon. (Sigh.) So I dive into clients’ blogs, to create a couple more draft posts. I manage to complete three drafts, and schedule them for next week. They’ll go out automatically.
I’ve got a boilerplate “SEND ME MORE STUFF TO BLOG!!” message which I send to three blogging clients. Of course, the boilerplate message is phrased more delicately than that, but it reminds them to send me what they have.
Out to lunch, and to run errands.
Back too late to do anything except answer some email. A respectable word count today.