The Elusive Novel Is Not Make Believe

I’ve been writing for a little while now; blogs, short stories, poetry but what is elusive to me is the longer story such as a novel or novelette. I’ve had a few decent ideas but my follow thru hasn’t really been there to reach the completed first draft. All kinds of excuses, I’m sure you can relate and if you can’t – Seriously? Agh, I’m jealous and may hate you just a little bit.

I had this original idea and I wrote a quick little ditty about Jack and Diane, I think John Cougar-Mellencamp would disagree that Jack and Diane was original to me. Actually my little ditty is Willow and her family dynamics along with a secret or two about being a royal. Throw in a little magic; okay a lot of magic, and my little story is taking shape. Maybe it’s the line manager in me or the fact I have a teen in the house; but all of the sudden I had this book theme that was screaming Young Adult (YA) of imposed expectations or perceived ones. Yeah, I totally love YA’s as I’m a forever teenager underneath it all.

What really is helping me this year is, Fiction Unboxed 1.5. What’s been great about it, is I get to visually peak in, like a fly on a wall as these guys – Sean, Johnny and Dave work on their 30 day quest of producing a novel for the second time. I love it! I don’t watch everyday only when I can. However it’s clicking and its carrying me through my story. Also their book Write.Publish.Repeat is really good too, expect a review here soon. I’m finally feeling confident to get this follow thru done so that elusive novel will no longer be make believe. It’s happening!

The key piece and take away is pre-production. This isn’t a new concept really, but I realized in this process so far – I wasn’t going far enough. Get your characters down and know them (all of them), really know them. What was helpful was putting myself in the casting director role as they proposed. Lastly, get a good foundation on location and your world. But seriously, check these fellas out and they have a podcast to.

What prompted me toward these guys was The Scrivener Coach. If you don’t have Scrivener for writing – get it, it will make your life so much easier. If I could use it in my day job, I would; okay I see an improvement suggestion coming. Check out my post on Scrivener to get more information.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) occurs every November and is also a great community to support and help writers get those first drafts written. It’s free and guess what, it’s not to late to join and it’s free. Lots of tools and great advice, get involved as you can.

Writing makes me think of golf. It’s the game that is played solo and your improvement and skill set is to improve your game, no one else’s. I hope this blog gives you some options to improve your writing (aka your game).

I’d be happy to gain any further insights you’d like to add to get us writers from A to B – please feel free to leave a Comment below. Let me know if you enjoyed this blog post with the Like and/or Share button.

Loving Scrivener Training on Speed Dial

I’ve been using Scrivener for a few years now for writing various projects, my novel, short stories and other fun projects.  The software is GREAT, but I’d get frustrated from time to time because:

  • I never was fully satisfied with my learning curve
  • I didn’t understand all the bells and whistles
  • It hurt my technology geek pride to be honest

Deep down I kept thinking there has got to be some tips and tricks that I could learn to help me .  As everyone can relate, time is precious and it never became the priority for me.  I bought a book for reference and toured youtube for specifics, but that was my extent of “learning” it.  I struggled with what I knew and experienced in the software – until I met…

Joseph Michael The Scrivener Coach


I’ve gotta say, WOW!  Joe makes this stuff easy peezie and in short videos.  We are talking videos in 1-3 minutes that are well organized with visual guides right there in the lesson.  I was thrilled when I learned more about this training he put together and I jumped on board with the enthusiasm of kids at the pool on the first day of summer.

Here’s what I gained out of the training – 1st off I love being called a Ninja (suits my superhero fantasy) so I went straight for that training package.  Seemingly felt like it was the most bang for my buck, guess what it totally is/was.  I am now blogging with Scrivener, which I never even really considered.  He also provided tips and tricks that organized the way I go about my projects – love that I didn’t have to figure this out on my own.  Also the templates he has built that you get, golden.  I made a few templates myself, toying with my style to make it more perfect.  There are some great efficiencies in how you use it, compile for printing or loading up to your web page.  Lastly, when you’ve finished your training, guess what, it never goes away and you’ll get updates as Joe posts them (now that is customer love right there).

If I love something, guess what you’re gonna hear about it, especially if I think it can help out my fellow peeps of fellow writers, bloggers and professionals about this training, because lets face it Scrivener is great software for writing – you’ll never go back.  I am not one to endorse products lightly, however, I was so thrilled about this course and my experience in it, how could I not share it.  I got so much out of it, that yes you may call me a Scrivener Ninja now (by the way did I say how much I enjoy being called a Ninja?).  Check it out for yourself, see if it’s right for you on the link below.


Through this training I’ve learned a great deal about Evernote too – OMG that product is brilliant too.  I can gush all day long over both of these, but for now check out how to Learn Scrivener Fast, it’s a game changer.  I mean look at me blogging regularly each week now, and getting on track with my other projects.  Look out!


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