05/01/2010

Jan. 5th, 2010 11:06 pm
1.

I think I'm writing erotica.

At least, that's how I feel after the one scene that anybody's read.

2.

I've 8399 words. I'm not sure how I managed to write this much, this fast. But I shall attempt not to look a gift horse in the mouth.

According to my deadline (I had to have one to use Word Tracking in WriteWay), end of March 2011, I have to write 216 words a day, and I've been making that goal or more every day. Which is nice.

3.

I have come upon a problem of immense size. And was laughed at by people on Twitter -- deservedly so.

The Laws of Love essentially spans 2 ten-year periods (that are separated by 30-50 years).

According to people who are better read than me, most books than compress such big timelines have come in at about 150k. (They recommended people like Michener, Clavell and Dunnett for my examples list.) In fact, they are all great big fat tomes of historical fiction.

My goal for this draft is 100k, and then to cut to 80k. Only, if the rest of the draft is anything like what I have at the moment, I'm going to be adding stuff more than cutting, I think.

WTF was I thinking?

29/12/2009

Dec. 29th, 2009 08:53 pm
I have nearly 5k words.

It's not quite moving along. I randomly stop and start and decide I need to revise things.

Like today, I junked an entire scene, thought I rewrote it, but actually just wrote another scene that was in the wrong place (moved it, so it's fixed but still).

24/12/2009

Dec. 24th, 2009 11:42 pm
Fiddling with WriteWayPro at the moment.

I really like it. It's freeing me to write out of chronological order because I can start a scene, jump somewhere else, come back etc. Or just write a single sentence about the scene and move on.

I couldn't before. Doing it in Word always seemed rather messy and cluttery.

But I don't think the 59USD price tag for the pro version is worth it. I'll probably just spring for the 29USD Standard.

Having said that, as an economist, I applaud their pricing strategy. They've segmented the market such that people who really really want the ability to have up to 9 Acts and a few other extras will pay the 30USD more. People like me, on the other hand, consider 29USD to be a perfectly acceptable price to pay for the software. They are extracting a goodly amount of consumer surplus and turning it into producer surplus.

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