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My name is Lindsay and I am a writer. I have put up some of my work for you to enjoy. Select what you want to read and enter my imaginary world. I welcome any comments you wish to make.
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I read in one of my writing magazines that Danielle Steele stated on the website Goodreads that she locks herself up and spends 20 hours a day writing for a month, working on four or five books at once. What dedication that is! I write on most days but it has been many years since I was able to last 20 hours (probably during the university cramming years) without sleep. However, I may try it for a while, blocking out the period of time in my diary and disconnecting the technology. It would be interesting to see whether my mind turns to butter.
I have just watched a video of Michelle Obama dancing in the Let’s Move campaign. What a great inspiration for people to get up and have fun. Luckily I found a fantastic zumba teacher near to my home and every week I spend at least three days a week jumping around like a mad woman to the varied beats. The youngest in our class started when she was about eight and the oldest is over 70 and even on the days that every joint is protesting, I go because dance brings a smile to my face and to my heart.
Every year, the locals go crazy with the yellow pollen that falls from the trees over this land. It is able to seek out the most pristine areas, turning the traditional white façades into dwellings streaked with dry riverbeds of yellow. As if that is not enough, the neighbouring continent sends clouds loaded with sand from its desert to dump over our humble abode. No sooner do we clean and sweep than another delivery arrives. It makes me wonder if our insides are as yellow!
I’ve bitten the bullet (sorry for the cliché) and, after 18 days of trial, bought the Scrivener package after an evaluation that revealed keeping track of the progress of my new novel and the various short stories that I am writing seems to be easier. When I need to refresh my knowledge and memory about the characters, setting and plot, the package enables me to do so with ease, and after the initial wobbles using the software, it seems to be second nature.
So far, I have written about 15,000 words of my second novel and I am reminded of the excitement there is in developing a plot and interesting characters. The biggest challenge is what happens to me when I do research; I lose valuable hours. To give you an example, the other day I wanted to find out about the railway service and town plan for one of my settings in the 1960’s. Three hours later, I had followed the little person on Google street view all around the town, read all kinds of interesting stories about local celebrities and discovered how the rail network has changed in the past 50+ years but I had not written a word of my novel. Scrivener allows me to record my research into a folder where I can refer to it as I continue writing and that is a great feature however it is hopeless for someone with my sense of curiosity as I do get sidetracked by all of the interesting history.
Another useful tool has been Pintrest. Despite signing up for it a long time ago, I had never used it effectively until this novel. Now I have a pinboard plastered with people, cars, uniforms, food, etc from the 1960’s and I think that is going to bring my writing to life in this new novel.
One can only hope that this will be the big one.
Yesterday I was at lunch with another writer, a man whom I had never met nor heard of. He is writing his third novel and sells the others as e-books on Amazon. By co-incidence, I met another writer last week who is writing his first novel.
All three of us are having a completely different experience. One pays for and uses a mentor to review his work while it is in progress. The other writes and sends to an editor. I, on the other hand, like to get my work well under way before I show it to anyone, although I am a member of an on-line support group.
Yesterday’s writer approached a few agents in the early days but found it a frustrating exercise and is managing to market and sell his work on the internet. The other is not at the stage of approaching agents; however, that is part of his plan.
All of us are over 50 years old and have the luxury of time to write. We are also inspired by our life experiences and have decent stories to tell. Self publishing allows us to put our work out there yet each of us would love to acquire the ultimate of a literary agent and a publishing deal.
There are so many of us with that goal that it could frighten an aspiring author.
I have two writing projects on the go and decided that I would use my Scrivener trial to work on them at the same time. One is my novel and the second is a short story and one of the key advantages will be if I am able to switch easily between the two, pick up the train of my thoughts and produce decent writing.
Yesterday I exported two chapters of my new novel from Scrivener into a Word document. That was an incredibly easy process, just tick the button, choose the format and go. I also imported lots of photos into the research section so that I can bring authenticity to the era that I am writing about. So far, I am giving Scrivener a thumbs up.
Unfortunately today my brain has been invaded by a headache and all sensible thought seems to have vanished with its presence. Decent writing might be an unrealistic expectation.
I am writing my second novel and using Scrivener to ease the word processing side of things. As I am a collector of things, I have discovered another benefit of the package. Instead of paste, copy and print pages filling my files, I now insert the information (or even better, a link to a webpage) in the research area of my project. HOWEVER, Scrivener does not stop me being distracted by my research.
For example, today I wanted to find out where the police station in a famous city was located during the early 1960’s and also what it looked like when a visitor walked in to the entrance. I found a wonderful website of old press photos. It is now 2 hours later and I have yet to discover the police station but have had a grand time browsing the old images and picturing life in the past. And that is the problem with research – it’s too interesting.