Today I finally installed Scrivener for Windows, took out my plot books, and got my hands…well, metaphorically dirty. So far I’ve managed to get all of ACT I and half way through ACT II-part 1 plotted out. It’s already seeming like a monster of a project. But I reaaaallly want to have this done by Jan 4th so that I can use Dirge as my project for Kait’s challenge.

Except I’m having trouble keeping up momentum in ACT II which tells me I’ve either misjudged where ACT I ends and ACT II begins or I’m not thinking hard enough. Me thinks it might be the latter. So tomorrow, I’m going to brainstorm what I’ve set up in ACT I that can get further development in ACT II and what steampunk elements that were set up that I need to have paid off, or what else I still need to set up that can be paid off later. This is when it would be nice to have a crit partner, or bounce-ideas off-er…I just worry that nothing will make sense to anyone whose not me and that I’ll look like I don’t know what I’m doing.

…Did I mention I don’t know what I’m doing?

So far I REALLY like Scrivener’s corkboard option and the option to write to scenes or chapters, without being overwhelmed by a big blotchy document.  I do honestly prefer the look (and some other features) of Liquid Storybinder but it can be a pain to work with sometimes. And I have to keep in mind that I’m only working with a Beta version of Scrivener, and for a Beta, it’s pretty damn cool.

I know I owe a post about my goals, and will undoubtedly get to that tomorrow. For now I’m going to see if there’s anything else I can add to the (very basic) outline.


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