Monday Has Arrived!

. . . And so has November. The holidays are upon us, and soon 2019 will be history. I thank you for joining me on this happy, November Monday. The winds are much colder; the sun a little more absent. The white stuff that appeared over the weekend has disappeared, but I know more is coming. That sounds like a good recipe for writing. Cozy up by the fire with a cup of whatever and your keyboard, and get to it!

This week’s Featured Excerpt is taken from Ruby Jean Richert’s A Day Alone Sitting On A Park Bench Proves To Be Enlightening. Drop her a comment and let her know what you think. Grab your thinking cap and help me think through This Week’s Question??? as well.

As I continue to explore the whys and how tos of writing I occasionally come across something I think is worth sharing. I’ve always been one of those writers that flies by the seat of his pants. I don’t use outlines. I usually begin with a beginning and ending thought and fill in the blank pages in between as I go.

But I’m trying something different with my new project, The Marisol Deception. I came across a writing program called Freewriter. It’s similar to Scrivener, but as the name suggests, it’s free.

I thought I’d try it on my new novel, and it has worked beautifully and really has helped in the development of the story. The suite contains a browser – no more switching tabs when i want to do research. There is a spellchecker (but not as effective as Grammarly which I usually use), a thesaurus and dictionary, productivity goals and wordcounts, just to name a few.

The thought canvas is what has really been helpful for me. It allows me to post virtual stickies with future thoughts, index cards as potential outlines, and allows it all to be seen in a separate screen as I write. I can map out my characters with more clarity, keep track of scenes even if I won’t be using them for several chapters, and develop settings in detail. On top of that, it’s even kind of fun.

How much it will keep me from flying by the seat of pants, I don’t know, but it does seem like it has made the writing process easier and more flowing. Here’s a link for you to try Check it out and let me know what you think. It may not be for everybody. I’m not even sure it’s for me every time, but for now, it seems to be working. If you need more information, let me know, but it’s certainly worth checking out.

Until next Monday . . .


It’s November

It gets no better than Pennsylvania in the fall.

The first Monday of November and there’s much to discuss, so let’s get started.

November brings many things including this year’s peak season for fall foliage. It’sw absolutely beautiful , and I love this time of year. November also brings the start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving. It’s a wonderful time, but shouldn’t be the only time we focus on the blessings and gifts that God has given us.

It also brings us to the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as it’s oftern called. NaNoWriMo was started by freelancer Chris Baty in San Fransisco in 1999 with 21 participants. The numbers have grown over the years to more than 200,000. You can learn more by going to the site.

November is also the month I started my new novel The Marisol Deception, (although it won’t be entered in NaNoWriMO). Cadeyrn’s Tale is now off to the editor for the final touches.

The Marisol Deception is purely fictional but is based on the apacolyptic events in the Bible book of Revelation. I’ve set my deadline is for April, 2020. You can read Part 1 of the rough draft here.

A tip for this week – I’ll make it short as I’ve already gone on too long. Surround yourself with good writers that can give you both positive and negative feedback. In our social media age, people are too kind. On HubPages I have to ask for constructive critcism, and even then, I don’t always get it. Positive is good, but unless you’re willing to face the good, the bad, and the ugly, very little progress will ever be made.

So I’m asking you to go back and read Part 1 of the HP rough draft and honestly let me know how I can improve. You can leave your thoughts on the Comments section of HubPages or just add them below in the MVOWC Comments section. I’m willing to do the same for you.

Well, next Monday will be here soon enough, so I’ll leave you for now. See you then!