You wouldn’t believe how busy the last few days have been for me. I’m not even sure I quite believe it, even though I was the one doing it all. I just don’t know how I got it all progressed as far as it is. Word counts are one thing. That’s still a single, continuous task. But the number of different tasks I’ve gotten through in the last couple of days, each taking me in a different direction has been unusual for me to do successfully. And all this despite ever day at the day-job this week feeling like Monday. 😮
It’s been a serious juggling act, to be honest, one I wouldn’t have thought I could manage. I really do better (most of the time) with a single thing I can focus on. One story I’m telling, one trilogy I write beginning to end. Even editing a different one in between volumes made me nervous while I was working on Necromantic. I was afraid that I’d somehow drop something or lose my groove on the overall story. This has been sort of a learning experience for me on many levels, chiefly that I’m capable of things I might not believe at first glance. It’s a good thing to know. Maybe it’ll encourage me to try new things, to push myself in ways I’d previously shied away from.
First up for juggling is writing, as always. No, I haven’t gone and written a new story since my last post, but I have been working on a number of things. I outlined one novella (Mirrors related) and a short story (Necromantic related), and am partway through the outline for another novella (Devan!). So I’m basically running around with my head in two different worlds at the moment. We won’t discuss story ideas. Yes, that means there have been more. There are always more. And I’m editing the novella still. Lots to work on with it, but I’ll get it there.
I’m mulling what to do with the two novellas from my existing worlds. I’m thinking about possibly sending them out to the world as free ebooks, but I’m not 100% sure about it. My thought about it was that it would make a good taste for people, an introduction to my writing and characters. However, the idea of doing that led me to investigate what elements of the work to get it pub-ready I can do myself that I’m not already doing. Mostly, this comes down to formatting, as I can’t draw to save my life.
I should mention that I picked up the MacHeist bundle last fall when it was available. It was an amazing package deal of software and some of the money it generates goes to charity. Even better? I got something like $750 worth of software for $29. Now, I won’t use all of it, or probably even half of it, but a few of the ones I know I’ll use each retail for more than what I spent for the whole thing, so I count this an epic win for me. The reason I mention it now is that one of the items in the bundle was a copy of Scrivener.
Now, for those of you who don’t know (though I imagine that’s few of you), Scrivener is a writing tool that was designed by writers, for writers. It’s versatile, if a bit complicated at first, and one of the things I like about it is that I can use as much or as little of it as I want. I don’t see me using the outlining feature, because I like the way I have OmniOutliner set up, but it’s nice to have the option if that stops working for me. It can also track session and overall goals. I do see me using at least the session goals and writing in it, possibly as early as the next manuscript I start. But what I love the most about it and the reason I jumped on the MacHeist bundle as a means of getting it is that this thing formats for just about anything.
I knew about that before, really, I did. I’d heard others talk about how they could format their book for ebook in it. I wasn’t as aware of being able to do print books, but it does make sense. Why didn’t I try this before? Mostly because I’ve found Scrivener intimidating. But I decided it was time to get over that, because I like the idea of doing that part myself. As I said, doing covers is out of the question, but formatting, I can do. It’s even relatively painless once you have an idea of where the controls are, what settings affect which element. No, I didn’t do it alone. Google and I were best friends during my multi-day odyssey in formatting. I’m really pleased with the results though, and think that the next time will (hopefully) be even easier. Once I feel a bit more confident about my knowledge and skills with this, I may put together a post or something on it, share what I’ve learned. I’m not sure though, as I found so many resources already out there, people who know this much better than I do, who probably said it better and more clearly than I could. We’ll see how I feel after doing this again. I’m definitely not ready for it yet. Besides, it’s not like I have any lack of things to work on for writing. 😉