New Writing Software


Cut, Copy, Paste

Cut, Copy, Paste (Photo credit: Iain Mullan)

 

Writing my new story turned out to be somewhat of a challenge.  I refuse to give up.  I have been using the trial copy of this software for months, but had to copy and paste information from it before closing it.  It’s best benefit is simply that it can help you create primary and secondary characters that are rich, fully created, and individualizes.  It also allows you to use something very similar to psychological profiling to figure out how each character might react to the other.

 

Character Writer 3.1 is the best software on the market in my opinion.  Each and every one that had a trial, I have tested.  This is the one I fell in love with.

 

Yesterday, I was finally able to purchase it, so “Forced to Mate” my latest story, will be written on Character Writer.  Just to give you an idea of the types of character profiles it can create, I’ll show you a partial character profile from my next book.  I hope you like it.  Feel free to let me know what you think.  Character Writer is available for both PC and MAC.

 

 

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It’s a New Day


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I haven’t been writing as much as I would like the past few days.  I only wrote two thousand thirty words yesterday.  Today I am focusing on my work.  I have a little research to do to provide accurate descriptions, then I’m writing the whole day if I can to catch up or surpass where I should be at this point.  Wish me luck.  This is my fourth try at this novel idea.  I just love the characters too much to let it go.

Yesterday’s Writing Day 2


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november (Photo credit: flavijus)

 

Yesterday was a busy, busy day in my home.  I am proud to say that I wrote four blog posts and then an additional 2020 words on my novel.

I might actually have a novel at the end of November.  Even if I don’t, I will have gained a valuable habit of writing consistently.  That may be more important than finishing a novel in one month anyway.

 

It is the day I start writing


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This is my best representation of Chase, the male lead in my book.  Happy November.  If you want to begin writing a novel for National Novel Writing Month visit http://www.nanowrimo.org. I’m afraid I am behind the bunch already, but I have no doubt I will catch up.  I want my outline to be perfect so that I have the right place to begin. I have tried to use the “just start writing” method and have failed in a grand way.  This time I am writing an extensive outline to make sure that my book has no holes in the plot or storyline.  In fact, this is my fourth time trying to write a story using the general idea and the characters.

I fell in love with my characters.  Lexi is my favorite.  I posted her character outline a few days ago.  She is a strong woman who has lived a difficult life.

Please, please don’t ask me if it is like twilight.  Yes, I love the series.  However, I am interested in all things paranormal, primarily vampires and werewolves.  I am also in love with the idea that there is one person in the world that we are meant for, that completes us.

The working title for my novel is The Perfect Match.  I have also considered the titles Matched, Destined, Saving the Vampire, and Blood Matched.  If you have a favorite, let me know.  I’m completely up for feedback.

So, today I finish my outline.  I have the pieces, now I’m shuffling them into chapters and filling in the holes in the plot.  I am also trying to balance the amount of external conflict and danger in my story with the internal conflict of vampire discovery, destined matches, and a passionate love story.

My goal for November is to write this novel, no matter how many word over the requisite fifty thousand that takes.  Then during December and January I want to edit the novel and get it ready for a few friends to review and help me edit the novel.

Eventually, if I have the talent, luck, and dedication, I would like to find an agent and try to have my novel published by a mainstream publisher.  However, from what I have read, having a first manuscript published is probably an unrealistic goal.

I have ideas for other novels, so whether this one succeeds to be published, I will begin the process from the beginning with a new idea without waiting for next November.  So, now you know a little more about me and what I am trying to write, feel free to comment on my subject matter.  Please feel free to give me any writing tips or tricks that will assist me.

 

Busy, Busy November


This is going to be an incredibly busy November.  I will still be writing posts here at every opportunity but I am going to be writing a novel from start to finish during this month.  November is national novel writer’s month.  For those of you who write as well the website http://nanowrimo.org/.

Today and tomorrow I’m finishing writing the full outline of my book.  I’m actually very excited.  I think the novel will turn out well.  It’s the fourth time I’ve attempted to write this story but I researched quite a bit about novel writing before trying again.

So, if I’m a little in and out over the next month, it is because I am hunched over my computer trying to figure out what will happen next to my favorite characters.

Ego and Storyline Adjustments


This room is the inspiration for Lexi’s room in Chase’s penthouse.

It has been an incredibly educational week for me.  I’ve learned that I don’t know as much as I thought I did.  However, my wonderful writing buddy suggested that I modify the premise of my story so instead of one person coming after my heroine, there are several.  This way, my character has more time to build both emotions and sexual tension with her protector.  I like the idea.

He asked me to write chapter one using the new premise.  I, of course, am obsessing over it.  It’s not quite finished, but it probably will be by the end of the day. I also decided to make Lexi a stronger woman.  In the old version, I intended to make her weak in the beginning and have her gain strength through the story.  Now, I think I want her to start strong and get stronger.

I’m also going to finish critiquing his work today.  It needs minor modifications, not the complete overhaul mine will probably need.  It’s going to be a busy day on my computer.

I’ve always loved to read, but until I began trying to write this novel, I didn’t imagine I would like writing this much.  Even if this story never gets published (although I hope it will) I am definitely enjoying the ride.

What I’ve Learned Today


It has been an educational day for me, and it’s only 3:30.  The main thing that I learned is that I have a lot left to learn.  One of my writing buddies is reviewing my story and he keeps asking me questions about my story’s premise, character motivation, and the believability of my character’s actions.

Now, instead of continuing writing, I am back to the planning stages.  I know that I can do this, so I am going to read a book he recommended by Orson Scott Wells, a book on writing erotic romance I chose, and another called Instant Fiction that was required reading for an online class that I can not participate in yet.

My point, for those of you who are like me and only beginning to write is not to be afraid of admitting that you don’t now enough yet to accomplish your goals.  Aquire the education you need and try again.  Maybe, if one particular story is giving you problems, you could set it aside and start another.

That is what I’m thinking about doing right now.  I think if I try a short story I will have less problems.  There won’t be as many conflicts or characters to imagine.  I will not quit.