Excerpt from Death of a Serpent Sunday, October 7, 1866 The carriage slowed. “What’s that pounding I hear?” Rosa asked. “Nothing. The wind.” They stopped. She heard voices, laughter, roaring beasts, the crack of a whip, and squinted through clouds of dust to a long line of wagons. The madam stuck her head out the window. Holding her hat firmly on her head with one hand, she called out to the driver. “Why have we stopped?” “The circus blocks the road.” “Off the highway,” someone shouted. … [Read more...] about What’s That Pounding I Hear?
Archives for March 2014
There’s an app that lets me use my iPad and iPhone in conjunction with Scrivener. It's called StorySkeleton, and it's growing my words. Using StorySkeleton, I’ve experienced a noticeable increase in my ability to write—specifically in using brainstorming and plotting in order to move my writing forward. And I want to share what I know about using StorySkeleton with Scrivener. StorySkeleton is mind mapping for writers, and it's making my smart phone smarter. As the name implies, it's a … [Read more...] about Growing Gorgeous Words: Using StorySkeleton with Scrivener
Nefarious: The Blackwell Files by Steven F. Freeman is a riveting military/techno thriller with multiple storylines that are skillfully intertwined. With the first flip of the page, I was hooked into the action and the characters in this intriguing novel. When the story opens, the main character, Captain Alton Blackwell, a skilled cryptologist and war hero, has been wounded in Afghanistan. Both his leg and his confidence have been shattered, the author tells us, and Alton must decide whether … [Read more...] about Review: Nefarious, The Blackwell Files
Making the bed is boring, and so is editing. This much I know (but don't do)—I must ... ... Resist the urge to edit right away. I like to plunge before the ink dries, when the line between writing and editing is blurred. But if I let my writing sit for a while, I know the edits will be truer. I know I'll see the doubles, the triples. Maybe. ... Go over and over and over each passage so I don't waste words. But sometimes repetition is good, I tell myself. See?—I hate to cut words. ... … [Read more...] about How Editing Is like Making the Bed
Do you change your character’s names a lot? I do. They grow into different people, or maybe I begin to really see them after they’ve been around for a while and create the story or have the story done unto to them. Or maybe their name sounds too much like another character's. Scrivener has a great tool called Project Replace. It means I can change a character’s name or place names or whatever and change them whenever they need to change. The Project Replace command is buried deep in the … [Read more...] about What’s in a Name: Scrivener’s Project Replace