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.
I’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.
And, last night, there was this gorgeous light reflecting off the clouds. The sun was setting behind me.
All images taken with the Nokia Lumia 530. Thanks for reading. 🙂