It’s been a better day than yesterday – though if you read yesterday’s post, you’ll see why that was fairly simple to achieve.
First, I started my manuscript for NaNoWriMo today. Because I’d been so busy with Margie Lawson’s course, I hadn’t had a lot of time to plan for today. So I dusted off an idea I’d hurriedly outlined in the middle of writing Delving Deep. It’s an urban-fantasy/futuristic/paranormal type of story I’ve entitled An Inconvenient Enemy … which may give you a hint as to what inspired the plot. After spending months in editing, I actually wrote 1700 words today.
More good news, it was announced today that Walmart and several other stores are going to start selling books at the lower American price, not the higher Canadian price that’s printed on them. (For my American friends, take a look at the prices listed on paperbacks. If you pay $7.99, we’ve had to pay $10.99 or more) Now I could see that when the Canadian dollar was worth .57 cents to the American dollar, but now our dollar is now worth $1.06 American – the highest it’s been in 1957! So let’s keep lobbying for all the prices to be brought more into line …
Continuing down the list of good things that happened today – Martie, my editing partner, suggested I try a free writing program called Ywriter which helps you plot and write your story. It allows you to keep track of the goals, conflicts and outcome of each scene, who your characters are and their background, etc. I think it may be quite useful, and has a word count ability written especially for NaNo. Oh, and it also has a word tracking system to let you know if you’re using the same words over and over again.
And I mustn’t forget to mention that present I received in the mail from Martie – a pile of books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Robert Parker, and Suzanne Forster and Annette Blair. More reading to add to my list on the right – and more ways to distract me from writing for NaNo of course 😉
But I’ve saved the best for last for nestled in that pile of books was a digital voice recorder. Now I no longer have to get up at 3 a.m. to write down those pesky ideas that keep me awake. Of course I’ll have to remember to take it up with me, but hey, I can record those thoughts without getting out of bed. Cool! Thanks, Martie!