I present to you Eight Sentence Sunday, a blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. I have some lines from my Moon Murder rewrite. A little dialogue heavy, hopefully next week has some more action!
"How did the trade deal go?"
"As my report said, it went well."
"You and I both know that you didn't actually make that trade."
Alexander looked down as his feet. "16 took over."
"I did use his notes. They were excellent," 16 said.
"What did I say?"
"That this was my assignment and that I shouldn't get help."
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How do you save and sort information when doing research for a novel?
In the past I used OneNote. This allowed easy copy and pasting of pictures and ideas when doing research. It has lots of functionality and free with the Word Suite. It was a good choice when I was in high school/college (due to the free part) and it was simple to use, with an overall small learning curve for those already used to Office. I can see using it again in the future.
I've tried Scrivner but that distinctly didn't work for me. All of the features that are supposed to save a writer time seem to take up more time for me. (Both for the research and writing phases.) I knew plenty of writers who love this software, but it's not for me.
Recently I used DokuWiki to make my own Wiki for the world. There's an extra time allotment needed to get the level of formatting that I want but it's the easiest at showing off holes in world development, or ties between a character and the world. As long as I have time this is worth the investment.
Aeon is my newest experiment. It's a timeline device that was designed for writers. It's great for keeping track of dates and it'll automatically tell me how old everyone was during specified events. So far it's worth it's weight in gold just for that, but I'm sure I'll post again with a thorough review after playing with it some more.
What software do you use when researching a novel?
I present to you Eight Sentence Sunday, a blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Changing it up a little bit. This week I have a bit I wrote for a writing exercise a couple weeks ago. I'm not sure if it'll grow into a full story, we'll see!
The cold air burned her face. She shouldn't have agreed to this freezing ordeal.
Sophie stands up and jogs in place in front of the door of the great wall. Wishing for a fire is a waste of time, but there is nothing else to do. There is no way to stay positive in this wretched cold.
Guidelines say that she has to stay out here for a week, just as the hero did in the chronicles. But she is no hero and she knows it. Why should she, a normal person, be expected to perform a hero's act? Stay in the winter cold without a fire or even anything to do. Waiting.
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Podcasts are one way I fill my time with new information and interesting stories which lead to inspiration. Here are the ones I'm listening too the most right now.
Night Vale - It's super random, but those bits of random are what jump start the creative mind, right?
Writing Excuses - Nothing like other writers talking about writing to get me in the mood to write!
Gallery of Curiosities - A monthly podcast featuring short stories.
Crimetown - About the history of the mafia in Providence, RI.
Planet Money - Reality can be weirder than fiction, particularly when dealing with money.
What podcasts inspire you?
1. Finish Moon Murder Rewrite - Everything is behind schedule, but this is my major focus this month. Lots of progress will be made soon!
2. NNWM Plotting - I did a lot of overarching plot work for this November novel plus some character sketches. The next goal is more research.
3. Write and submit 12 short stories - I got one short story back and sent it out into the world again. I worked on another short story as well. It'll need some editing before getting sent out, but overall things are good.
4. Crit Group - It was Camp NNWM this month so everyone was busy writing instead of critiquing. This should naturally come back into focus as I work on the Moon Murder Rewrite, so I'm not stressing over it.
5. Author Visibility - I haven't been posting here as often as I should. I'm hoping to work on a backlog of blog posts this month so that I don't have another week without a blog post from now til the end of the year.
How have your writing goals been going?
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