Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Started critting a friends MS yesterday

Could have sworn I'd already critted it but then realised it wasn't the full MS!  lol

Some bits are confusing but when she got into it, it's sparkling!

Gonna do another 10 chapters tonight and try and remember to take my prescriptions then head to bed straight away 'cos I've got dark circles under my eyes now!


Monday, 26 June 2017

Pretty good editing afternoon

Got 11 manuscripts left to edit now!  They are the novel length ones, so I'll do them the rest of this week, ready to start writing again at the weekend... I've forgotten everything I planned out last week now which is really good news, means I can start writing from nothing. 

Just gotta remember that I've got 3 scenes planned out in every chapter and there's only 250 words per scene!  lol

Gonna be an edit-athon today

Got loads of manuscripts waiting to be edited, so that's what I'm going to do this afternoon... wish me luck!  👍 👌

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Something I posted to SCBWI this morning

Question for the writers here and it's not a SpaG or pondering for a change.
The hubby is a computer programmer and I've just asked him about how easy or otherwise it'd be to create an app that takes the best bits from yWriter and Scrivener etc but taking out the bulkiness and complexity of Scrivener and using the simplicity of yWriter to come up with a programme aimed at children's writers.
He said it'd be easy enough to programme it, but it'd need a database of ideas and characters and scenes and stuff.
So, other than ideas, characters and scenes, what else do my fellow children's writers want in their ideal writers block beating planning and organising piece of software and do you want to be able to write the manuscript within the software or keep it separate like with yWriter?
How easy would you want it to be to add your own ideas to the database? Would you just want first name suggestions or surnames too? Would you want a different programme for each age range (PB, early reader, easy reader, early chapter book, MG, YA) or would you prefer to just have one piece of software and you choose the age you want the software to use?
Would you prefer it to be a free trial first (with limited usage available) then a small fee at the end as an upgrade to the full version if you decide to keep using it or a slightly more expensive full version right from the start?
Any thoughts welcome!

So come on, reply to this post and give me the information you want in the app... everything from idea generator to synopsis writer, character names to scene creation.  This is your chance to get involved in a totally new idea!

I'm liking yWriter more and more!

I thought yWriter was a fantastic programme anyway 'cos it helped me remember character names, make notes of phone numbers and stuff as well as planning out each chapter.

SCBWI explained about how scenes were used in Scrivener et al so I thought I'd give it a go in yWriter.

So glad I did 'cos I planned out a whole novel in 5 days and I didn't forget to put in anything I thought of and I could make sure I tied up all the loose ends instead of forgetting about them!

If you're a writer who frequently suffers from writers block and you've got scraps of paper all over your computer with ideas that have come to you just before you fall asleep, get yourself yWriter... you won't regret it!

Gonna try out the synopsis writer bits of it today... I tried when I first downloaded it but because I wasn't using the scenes, it couldn't give me as much detail as possible, understandably.  Now that I'm using the scenes part though, I want to give it another go and see what happens!

Friday, 23 June 2017

And it's finished!

All 55 chapters planned out now, so I can spend tomorrow just relaxing and forgetting what I've spent the last 5 days planning!  lol

10 down, 5 to go

It's Alex's birthday and KT has just given him his gift and told him to open his eyes.

Just starting to tie up any loose ends now... I'm definitely liking the Scenes part of yWriter!