Larry Crowne and Blog Posts

Posted on March 15, 2012. Filed under: Blogging, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

One of my favorite movies is Larry Crowne.  It is light-hearted commentary on difficult times.  Everybody loves the hero and the leading lady, but I have learned (mostly by trying to write stories) that it is the supporting actors that often “make” the story.

For example, one of the most important characters in Larry Crowne is the unemployed, former professor, one hit wonder, porn surfing husband of Mercedes Tainot, namely Dean Tainot.

Dean Tainot counts blog replies as “writing.”  Do you?  I spent over an hour crafting a particularly long reply.  Does that count?  Or, a bit like Dean Tainot, was I wasting my time?  Should I have been focused on “real” writing instead?

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All Night Character Sketch Marathon

Posted on January 7, 2011. Filed under: Life After Nano, Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , , , |

Started writing character sketches (using Scrivener’s way to organize things), and stayed up all night doing them. Upped my word count to 28588, so 30K is now within another day’s writing. Seems like I might be getting things going again, a much needed restart, but now I have to sleep.

BOTD:  http://writingyourfirstnovel.wordpress.com/

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Resolutions for 2011

Posted on January 7, 2011. Filed under: Life After Nano, Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , , , |

One of my top resolutions for 2011 is to finish this novel started as part of Nano 2010. I’m using Scrivener again, and I find that developing the focus to get the words out has been difficult. Nano’s November 30th deadline seems to make a big difference.  I need a new strategy, one that will serve the same purpose that the November 30th deadline did.

But, I did get out about 1500 more words tonight.  Maybe words flow like molasses in January.

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More Transition to KM Tools

Posted on December 14, 2010. Filed under: Blogging, Life After Nano, twitter, Writer-Tools, Writing-Tools | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

First of all, all BOTD:  http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/structure-part-7-understanding-genre/

Found that blog via Twitter, and I thought it was an interesting read.  Not sure which of her three types of writer I belong in.  I think maybe I’m a “born” type, since everything I write is really some kind of variant on the “psychological thriller.”

That said, I have installed the Beta 4 of Scrivener.  No extensive testing, yet, for me as I continue the migration from Scrivener to my KM tools (including Treepad).  However, my plan (now) is to do this: (1) write daily using Scivener and using it as my main tool; (2) export that daily writing to my KM tools, (3) output (daily) from Scivener to Word (the whole enchilada); and (4) backup everything (Scrivener, Word, and KM tools).

Still haven’t written today, and may not restart until I’ve finished moving everything (done so far) into KM tools.  With my unfinished Nano novel, I can tell that I am in the middle of the plot, and I can see several viable endings.  This week, and December, are a bit weird, and I may be away for a week or longer at a time as other projects may pre-empt my writing.

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To Script Frenzy or Not to Script Frenzy

Posted on March 23, 2009. Filed under: ScriptFrenzy, Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Trying to decide whether or not to do ScriptFrenzy. My last attempt at Nano crashed and burned; just did not have the continued focus necessary for the productivity to make Nanowrimo happen for me.  (Did it in 2006 but could not make it happen in either 2007 or 2008.)

If I do launch into ScriptFrenzy, I might blog about the process of doing this here.

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