Writing

Tomorrow becomes today and then it’s gone.

Tomorrow becomes today and then it’s gone. Al Pacino says something like this ‘Stand Up Guys’, and it stuck in my head. So, to give me a daily reminder of time marching by, I’ve changed my tagline.

book oneI’m performing triage on my plot, having already written one-sentence notes for each scene on its own index card – about 70 of them. I need to fill plot holes. You may remember that I decided to split my work-in-progress. I was up to about 120,000 words, but had an earlier natural finishing point. I decided to go smaller, aiming at about 80,000 words. I don’t want it to cost me a small fortune when I buy my Print On Demand copies. Geez, I’m getting ahead of myself.

After writing the ending, I will start on the new scenes. Then I get to start all over again with the review process  – this time with a print-out. And I’ll have to rewrite nearly everything. My ‘voice’ has changed so much over the last 4 years, but I’m confident that going through these plot reviews will save it from being shoved into the fire. I still haven’t found my digital copies of the three scenes I tossed in the fire the other week – I was hasty, perhaps they really were okay.

I will have a manuscript ready for Beta readers by mid-September. (Yeah, I know, I’ve offered up false dates before.)

I’m giving Scrivener a try. I love the free yWriter5 software, but its main drawback is storing multiple projects. You can’t have projects in the same folder, else you overwrite things by accident. I suspect that is what happened to my missing three scenes. Anyway, I have folders all over the place, on two computers. In yWriter5, you drag in your characters, items and location to each scene, and I’m hoping the keyword function in Scrivener will give me that same sort of control. I mustn’t let the bells and whistles distract me, though.

I’ll leave you with some photos. After being minus 2 Celsius during the night, we woke to a damp fog. Dull all day. I have no incentive at all to get my step count up today. Treadmill – blahhh.

Cattle-yards

Cattle-yards, belonging to the farm next door.

Hay Shed

Hay Shed. So foggy, I couldn’t see the cows.

And, last night, there was this gorgeous light reflecting off the clouds. The sun was setting behind me.

The setting sun, behind me, lighting up the sky.

The setting sun, behind me, lighting up the sky.

All images taken with the Nokia Lumia 530. Thanks for reading.  🙂

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9 thoughts on “Tomorrow becomes today and then it’s gone.

    • Thanks Sue. I hate driving in fog. We once drove to Tullamarine airport in thick fog. Just as well we decided to give ourselves plenty of time to catch the plane. I had a headache after an hour of it!

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  1. Hi Christine, I use scrivener for my writing project, and it’s very cool – I planned out my book on index cards too, and transferred it onto scrivener for the writing part. I’m still working on the first draft, but I find scrivener good to work on, and not very expensive either.

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    • I may as well pay for it now, I know I’ll like it. I exported my draft from yWriter5 into a text document, then imported it into Scrivener. It was easy to then split into scenes again. Thanks for dropping by, Sara. You have an interesting blog which I just had a quick glance at yesterday, after one of your comments on a thread resonated with me. I’ll get back soon. 🙂

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  2. We don’t get much fog where I am so I’m always a little fascinated with it. Always reminds me of an old Sherlock Holmes movie 🙂
    Love your foggy photos – they’re hard to take, I’ve tried 😉

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  3. Oh I adore fog… again, when I’m not driving in it. We live on a small island joined to the mainland by two bridges. I remember one year driving home in the dark and it was thick fog. Saying to my OH, “we MUST be near the bridge… oh there we are” it was purely the sensation of the car going upwards that we realised – we couldn’t see a thing. So spooky! Absolutely love your photos – so gorgeous.

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    • Hello Carmen, so pleased to see you dropping by! It’s really scary not being able to see, for sure. I’ll never forget driving up a mountain in snow, in daylight, and so unexpected in Australia in summer, the day after Christmas. Now I know why the poles were painted orange all of a sudden. I love your description of your night fog experience. Scary, all right.

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