Hi there! Bit late in the day, but actually early for me. We are repainting our house so I spent the past five hours painting. And plotting. And talking to characters. We all painted together. It was fun (grins).
The week went quite well. Not as fast on progress as I’d like, but isn’t that always the case. I’m currently doing my second pass on the story treatment. I like most of what I had. Changed a few things and the story continues to become clearer day by day. As are the characters. Oh, I have a fun cast. Ben (protag) and I went over his look and outfit this week. We do not agree on all costume choices. I’ll win with research I think – have to find him the look he wants in a better fashion than he wants it is all.
As for direct progress, I’m at the Midpoint now on the second pass. Alongside of this I’m putting together Sequence Cards that have a “block” of action – setting on the back – flow of action, hook, scene breakdown and expected page range for the Sequence (an Alexandra Sokoloff, screenwriter term, i.e. a block of scenes with a contiguous setting and/or point of action).
I am still getting in the four hours every day and actually look forward to the time. Which is a good sign.
Just a quick shoutout to my favorite maiden of the Cowbell Awesomeness, Jenny Hansen. She is learning Scrivener this week, actually in a class for it. Go Jen! I know you’ll be sharing tidbits with us in the coming months.
I bring this up because…if you aren’t using this program you are missing huge amounts of productivity. I’m not saying it works for all parts of the process – I’m currently working with paper and pencil. That’s just how I plot. But, when it comes time to organize and write, yeah, Scrivener time. It also has improved quite a bit on the conversion to epub process. Not an ad, like always, I only recommend what I find useful.
On the other side of my “work day”, I’ve picked up a couple of guides from Joel Friedlander on Copyright and ISBN/Barcodes, all good things for an indie to know. I’m also working my way through David Gaughran’s Let’s Go Digital. Taking my time as this book is full of useful self-pub tips and techniques. Yes, recommended.
I have not been personally present on social media enough. I have been commenting more broadly on blogs, but still struggling a bit with finding good times to “hang out”. I tried having Tweetdeck run while I was plotting for a couple of nights. But I got so wrapped up in the writing I forgot it was there.
And – that is my week. How was yours? Be sure to support your fellow ROWers.