#writingcraft: Beginning Again

I know. It’s December, the month of a zillion holidays, events, and headaches. Yet, yes, I am beginning again. It was in September of 2014 when I had my crude draft done on my first novel, my only novel so far — maybe my only one ever. I tried several times to get into that folder to start the process of editing, only to shake my head and close the folder again.

Of course, I thought I had lost it for a year, which could have had something to do with my reluctance. Still, let’s face it, that wouldn’t account for all three years of procrastination.

Then, two weeks ago, I began reworking the character profiles of this story. I already knew my characters were flat, which also may have been one of the excuses as to why I couldn’t get myself motivated for editing. Although I had given them flaws, none of them was the caliber to enhance the characters into more the three-dimensional figures I want them to be. Seeing that my story is character-driven, this must be rectified. I’ll be looking at the long list on Writers Write as soon as I have other parts of them altered.

I also want to beef up my settings for each scene. Some writers are saying not to put too much into environments because it distracts from the story but the books I have enjoyed have fully explained the settings as the scene opens, giving me “a lay of the land” so I can get more into the characters.

The story, itself, will stay the same, although I want to amplify the story that is within the main story. Right now it seems to be acting more as an afterthought or a small addition, which is what I definitely don’t want. This second story defines who the protagonist is, why she is the way she is, and how it affects her inner growth. A little snip here and there just isn’t going to get the job done.

Yes, the rewrite must be done.

In order to do this, I decided to use a different software program. I had been using yWriter. Don’t get me wrong. This program is fine for basic story writing, especially if you are like me and feel you need some basic guidelines. However, I need something more for the preliminary work and actually slightly less for the writing of the story, itself.

I know Scrivener is known as one of the top programs for writers but it also costs $45US. Although that isn’t a lot to spend, I just cannot afford it. Besides, from what I’ve read, it’s just a better version of yWriter.

While scouting for a software program that would fit my needs and didn’t have a cost attached to it, I came across bibisco. It has what I needed, which was quite a shocker for me. It has all sorts of helps for writing character profiles and world building. It has a place where you can write strands upon strands of narrative. Within the same section, you can figure out your summary of the story and its premise. Plus it has a section to help with editing.

Those who have some books under their belts probably wouldn’t need anything like this software. However, people like me who have story ideas but are scared out of their wits need a program that soothes the chaos going on in their heads. Bibisco does this for me. I’m sure others prefer some of the other software out there and that’s fine too.

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Anyway, I am feeling the motivation I have been lacking for some time now. 😀

Do you use a software program for your writing? Or do you use spreadsheets and text programs? Or are you one of those who uses paper and pen/pencil?

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

 

25 thoughts on “#writingcraft: Beginning Again

  1. Glynis, you’re doing so well going back to your draft, realising what can be strengthened and improved. That takes guts and dedication! Bibisco sounds just perfect for you and enjoy the moulding part of the editing! I used Scrivener and it’s been great … the only thing is I know I’m just using the main features and there is so much yet to learn about it.

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    1. I guess it’s a type of editing, although this rewrite is going to have so many changes from what was originally written. The only things that are changing are the premise and the general locations of the scenes. O_o

      I had downloaded the trial version of Scrivener to test it out. There was just too much of it I wouldn’t be using so the cost wasn’t justified for me. A lot of writers swear by it. More power to you guys. ❤

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  2. I like how you pinpoint the areas that you need to work on and I’m wishing you the best as you use Bibisco to get that story going. I’ve never used any software but I’m big on pen, paper and highlighters!

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    1. Dora, I wish my penmanship was as good as it used to be because I would rather use paper and pen. However, I don’t think I could read what I’ve written anymore unless it’s typed. :/

      It took me a while to figure out what really needed to be added and subtracted from the original draft. I ended up reading numerous blog posts from a variety of established writers, learning more about the craft than I think I would have by taking a course. 😉

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  3. Glynis, I’m so pleased to hear your positive tone. You’ve got a great plan and I think you’ll succeed. Give yourself enough time, don’t rush this part of writing your story.

    I write in Microsoft Word and have no problems with it. I keep lots of files with all kinds of background info and research and details that aren’t in my stories but help me create better realized events and characters.

    Best wishes to you on this. What a nice way for you to approach the holidays.

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    1. I refuse to rush this time, Shari. Even writing the preliminary stuff, I’m average only about 400 to 500 words per writing session. I want to make sure I have enough so when I get to the editing stage of this rewrite, I’m throwing stuff out instead of having to rack my brain for something worthwhile to inject. I’m planning on using Microsoft Word for my third draft so I can send it out for critiques.

      Thank you for the moral support. 😀

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  4. Any bit of technology (including pencil and paper) that helps you, is good technology. I don’t know if the technology I use would be helpful on a longer work. I don’t use a writing platform, but I use Trello for organizing ideas, tasks and moving posts and stories along the path. I have some ideas in there for longer things than I normally post, but they are in infant stages.

    I wish you luck with this journey. If the software works well, maybe you can tell us a bit more about it. In any case, it’s good to see you taking this up again, with a mission in mind.

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    1. I’ve been using OneNote for the research, maps, and images of layouts of certain locations in my story. I have the app shortcut on the taskbar for my desktop so the info. is always just one click away. 😛

      You do have a good idea there, Dan. I could talk about bibsco in a post. Thanks for the idea. 😀

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  5. If I had a person who would type everything I wrote on paper, that would be amazing. Even though I love writing on paper, with my special notebooks and pens, I know it would mean more work since I would need still to “digitalize” my writings. I once printed my manuscript to edit it on paper, but taking my edits to the digital version meant much work, I was duplicating efforts.
    I’ve tried once Scrivener but I didn’t get used to it. There were so many things going on that I felt that it actually distracted me from the real writing. I now use a regular text editor (Word) and it is okay, but I would love to have something that helps me organize better. I’ll try with bibisco 😉 Glad to know Glynis that you were able to find a program that is helping you in this process 🙂

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    1. Carla, I know exactly what you mean about making extra work by printing out the manuscript. I have a Kindle so I transfer a copy of my manuscript to that so I can change where I sit for self-editing. I make sure to have a spiral notebook and pen with me too so I can jot down notes about what needs to be changed.

      I wish my penmanship was decent because I could write anywhere that way and sometimes that can make a difference with motivation. :/

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      1. I never thought of using a Kindle that way. This is such a good idea! 🙂 So far I’ve used Word to write, and my Kindle is out there only to read other books. How do you transfer to Kindle ?

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  6. I know exactly how this goes, Glynis. Some stories just don’t want to be born. I have one now–25 years and counting. I do think it is finally going to be completed. My lesson is that every story has its own timeline. We writers just can’t rush it.

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    1. I have two other stories that are waiting for me to finish them. One hits so close to home in a negative way so I probably won’t be touching it for a while. However, the second one has been ready to be told for a while now. I’m just having a hard time deciding how it should be told.

      The one I am currently working on may even be past its prime. I am hoping this rewrite will help it.

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  7. Programs like Scrivener help writers of all levels organize their books. It’s a great program. I’m starting to map out chunks of my memoir using Scrivener, but I’ve been using it for a good number of years now to create my own ebooks and ebooks for clients as well. For the price, it does a lot of great stuff. Writing is the way to get the writing done, and there are a zillion ways to do it!

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  8. G. R. McNeese

    I’m glad that you found the inspiration to write your novel again. You can do it.

    I started using WordPerfect for later drafts of stories. For first drafts, I use paper and pen. For flash fiction, I use Google Docs. I’ve heard of yWriter, but never really understood its purpose. And besides that and Scrivener, I haven’t heard of most of the writing software mentioned. I’ll have to do some research on them.

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  9. I don’t use any software program for my writing but your wonderful suggestions makes me think perhaps I should. But really, I think the most important thing is motivation and it seems like you’ve got it so hang on to it! 🙂

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    1. Carol, software doesn’t guarantee success or motivation, as I’m sure you are well aware. I’m kind of an organizing freak and this software helps with that. Some use good old pen and paper and do just fine. I’d be tempted to go that route if my penmanship was decent because the connection between the brain and the strokes of a pen are so strong. Others use something like Word, devising their own system of organization within digital folders.

      Yes, I am ecstatic about having my muse back, finally. 😀

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  10. Book 1 in my series Servant of the Gods must have gone through 4 re-writes and countless edits. Though I am pleased with the story, there a sections I’d re-write. I guess what I am trying to say is I think this is part of the writer’s journey, re-evaluating and re-thinking our stories. It’s how we improve our craft.
    As to software programs, I’ve only recently purchased Scrivener and still learning how to use it. I still write by hand my ideas in an exercise book, one for each story I am working on. I’ve always used Word but I must admit to liking how Scrivener separates each scene and chapter. You don’t have to scroll through countless pages to edit a scene or rewrite a section in a chapter.
    Motivation is the key, glad you have your’s back, Glynis 😀

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    1. When I get back to the editing part of this monstrosity, I will have to go through chapters to find them. Now that you’ve brought this up, I think I’ll make a list of scenes as I do them, showing which chapter and a small summary of each one. Maybe that will make it less tiresome. Thanks. 😀

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