. . . 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 – http://www.freewritersoftware.com/. 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 . . .