D.V. Sheppard

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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I keep all my writing in Scrivener, and I use the cork board to lay out my prospective scenes. These can end up being one scene or more, depending on where the writing flow takes me. So each week, my goal is to finish one at minimum. For the past two weeks Wombat and I have used this set up as a focus for getting some brainstorming done for the upcoming "note card" on the cork board. It's proven invaluable! He helps me work through possibilities and probabilities. 

However, the other blessing that comes with this- that sometimes feels like a curse - is that the discussion always spreads from specific to broad. We talk about a scene - and then it brings up a question that can only be answered if I really have the purpose and direction of my book figured out. It's everything a writer could hope for, really, to always be fine-tuning and being kept on track with the plot and intent. 

But! It can be so exhausting!

I feel like each week I'm being rocked off my comfortable seat, thinking "Wow, have I really been writing this whole time without having that figured out?" or "Why did I think that was a good reason to move the plot this way? Seems lazy on my part, unnatural for the story progression, and BORING for the reader!" Again. I reiterate - I'm so glad I'm figuring this out as I go - but dagnabbit! why can't I be a genius and have it all figured out from the start? Sometimes I just want it to be easy :p Like filming take after take - I want to have one week where I take that final shot that is exactly what I want! That I can move forward from and not look back at til it's time to edit.

So I guess that's my current insecurity. If every week I have to tweak or go into greater depth to make the over arcing plot work, or the intent and message to be properly sent - will I ever be able to get the whole thing written and fixed, saying what it needs to say? 

Just gotta keep writing forward I guess.

*On a side note - my boss went out of town this week, and left me with projects to do while he's gone. He called me yesterday and told me he'll pay me to hardcore free write for a couple hours about our procedures and my thoughts about what's going well and what needs to be done better and so on, in order for us to become more streamlined and efficient. How awesome is that? Either he's getting to know me, or divine intervention gave him the perfect idea for how to get the best kind of feedback from me. Best. Job. Ever.


Hi, never heard of Scrivener, so thanks :)
Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe
I've heard a lot of great things about Scrivener. I've never used it myself as I tend to be anti-technology. She said while posting a comment to a blog...

I always wonder why I can't be a genius who has it all figured out from the start, too.

I had written nearly half of my current WIP without knowing how the climax scene was going to go. I knew the basic jist of it, but I hadn't ironed out many of the important details.

It finally came to me, though, in epiphany form--and partly because of how the heroine's character was fleshing out as I wrote. Sometimes that's the way a story comes together. You just have to trust those things to work themselves out.

Great post! :)
August co-host and IWSG #110
That's actually why I use my rough draft, rewrite system. It gives me a way to actually know most of what I need to know by the time I'm writing the version I'll be editing.

Best of luck with your process!
Just stopping by from the IWSG to say Hi :)

Im just about to start an online course to learn Scrivener ;)

Good luck honey, just keep going and don't give up!

Wow, I think you just wrote a great analogy to life. I always wish I could get it all right the first time or finish things up perfectly in one take so I can move on. I guess that's what it takes to have a realistic character-- they've just got to go through a lot of mistakes, revisions, and re-writes like we flesh-and-blood characters do. But sometimes it's really best to push forward through the unknown and trust that things will work themselves out.

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