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Okay, if nothing else I am going to try and manage at least one post per month this year. That’s a target that even I should be able to manage.

I am quite enjoying writing with Scrivener (Windows version). It’s taking a little bit of getting used to. I went through the tutorials and thought I understood how it worked, but I think it’s a case of you learn more by actually doing it.

My favourite tool at the moment (I feel like I’m on one of those Weightwatchers ads (which if you’re not in the UK is probably not going to mean anything to you) is the Project Target tool. You can set a target for your entire project – currently 150,000 words – and you can also set a target for your session. So I have this little square window permanently on top and it’s counting my words as I go along with a progress bar filling up as I’m typing away. And as I get closer and closer to my session target the progress bar gradually changes from red to green. I find it very encouraging and I think it’s helping me want to write more. So this is one part of Scrivener that’s definitely an improvement over writing in Word.

I haven’t entirely got the formatting quite the way I want it though. But it’s something I can live with whilst I’m working on the first draft.

2012 Here I Come

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Okay, I’m not quite sure where 2011 went. But I seem to have not posted anything for 10 months.

I suck.

Hopefully 2012 will be better.

Santa bought me Scrivener for Windows for Christmas, so my goal this year is to at least get something submitted for publication even if I don’t get any further than that.

I have a writing goal of 150,000 words for 2012. Less than last year, but hopefully that means that I at least stand a chance of hitting my target.

Eeeekkkk!

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Where did January go?

Come to that, where have the first two weeks of February gone?

I was going to do so much better this year, and based on the evidence so far – not doing so well.

At the beginning of the year I kind of decided that my word for 2010 had been ‘Doubt’.

And that my word for 2011 was going to be ‘Believe’.

Unfortunately ‘doubt’ wanted to hang around for a little while longer, but hopefully we’ve now seen the back of him for a while.

I have a 2011 writing target of 200,000 words, and will be putting up a little widget shortly. They might not be brilliant words, or even publishable words but we’re aiming to at least get something down on paper this year.

NaNo NoNo

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So I’m not going to make it to the 50,000. I think this will be the third year running. But I always find NaNo useful, one way or another, even if I don’t reach my target.

I have made the decision that when I write I’m going to remove the wordcount from my monitor display. I don’t think I find it that helpful to have that number there as a constant reminder of how much I have/haven’t written.

Back to the grindstone.

It’s That Time of Year Again…

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…just over a week before the start of Nano.

And my plan is to get the first draft finished this week and to use Nano the finish the second draft.

Anyone who hasn’t signed up yet, still has time. You can even join a few days into November.

NaNoWriMo website

Will be posting weekly updates. Hopefully will do better than the past couple of years and actually get to the 50,000 this year.

WIP Update

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Currently at 11,229 words and about a third of the way through the main story.

At the moment it’s just a case of getting everything down as quickly as possible. So although I’m vaguely aware of secondary characters they only seem to appear on the periphery.

Glad that I’ve broken the 10,000 word mark. I think I’m possibly looking at the final story being four times longer. Which brings to mind the phrase about how do you eat an elephant? – one bite at a time.

Parasite Simile

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I’ve been trying to think of an elegant way of working a certain simile into my current WIP. It occurs towards the end, but was one of those things I had to write down so I didn’t forget it. The situation is that the protagonist and his lover have been separated, and the protagonist now realises how much he misses his lover, he’s kind of got used to him being there almost by accident. I keep coming back to this idea of a comparison to a parasite which has burrowed under the protagonist’s skin, the first feeling when it’s removed is relief, shortly followed by the realisation that he actually misses it.

Only I wanted to put it much more elegantly. :)

All day it’s been bugging me that I’ve heard this or something similar somewhere before. I quickly discounted the idea that it was a book, it started playing over and over in my head and I knew it was a song. But it was right at the edge of my brain and although I could vaguely ‘hear’ the tune I couldn’t hear the words.

Then tonight on the way home, I suddenly knew what it was. Possibly that was the point at which I stopped so desperately trying to remember. Anyway, it’s a Tim Minchin song and I’ve embedded a YouTube video of it below. Probably not one to watch if you’re very easily offended. But it kind of exactly sums up how my hero feels.

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