- Fullscreen backdrop: this is the best. Feature. Ever. Scrivener 1.x had fullscreen, but I can't stand a solid color-- I need something to admire. Cue stopping and minimizing every other window on the computer. I'm ecstatic that that is no longer necessary.
- Simpler font/color/highlight change: Part of the reason I was outlining in Pages beforehand was 'cause I needed a 'master' outline-- since I'll be without Scrivener access for a while, I won't be able to use index cards. Being able to change the font from the main editing screen will be wonderful.
- Templates: I get CHARACTER TEMPLATES, people. Tell me one reason why that's NOT good. Yup. I couldn't find one either.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I have somehow managed to transform Revenge and Grey China into a Trilogy. Oh, the book is still going to be exactly the same, but Kathy's story needs an actual beginning and an end, so here it is.
I'm aiming for at least 90,000 words in each book, which means about 270,000 words.
I did the math last night and calculated how much time it would take me to write the book if I extended the challenge to December 15th.
Here's the math for Version 1: (November 1st to November 30th)
Word goal per day: 9,000
Saturday, October 9, 2010
It's been done.
I have all the conflicts in the novel planned out. That's right. All of Kathy's, Allegra's, and even... *dadadaaaa* Lucinda's problems are mapped out. Daniel, Robert, and even "Osken" are featured as well, so that the entire novel will actually have a plot and fundamental characters with small quirks-- something none of my other novels have. (It feels nice knowing I'll be able to sit down and edit this one without trembling for fear of falling into a plot hole.)
Of course, now I have to flesh the conflicts out into scenes, but that's simple. I've already got two conflicts into about four scenes, which DEFINITELY means that my book may be overlong... but that's good.
A rather bad part about all this planning is that I have ideas not only for THIS book, but also the prequel and the sequel to it. You see, Kathy Summers has a bit of a history.
My health? Well, typing hasn't started hurting my wrists yet. Much. I'm looking up dares faithfully, finding romantic lines, opening lines, funny lines... basically getting ready to insert as much hilarity and silliness into the book as possible.
I am enjoying myself famously.
Yes, I know I'm supposed to be focusing solely on the SAT in November, but my brain (aided and abetted by my head, obviously), is refusing to concentrate on the SAT and is instead darting towards the novel I'll be writing.
It's called Revenge and Grey China, and will, no doubt, be one of the silliest bits of fiction ever written.
The book's synopsis, as featured on NaNoWriMo, is the following:
Kathy Summers, known as Katherine to her mother, has just been dumped. But this isn't just any kind of dumping. This is the kind of dumping when your fiancé of two years suddenly decides he can't handle marrying a member of the Villain Society.
After bawling her eyes out, Kathy decides to exact revenge.
She's got a basic idea: kill off the girlfriend, key the car, blow up the house, punch his face again... but the jig is up when her plans backfire, one by one: first the mega-punch ray malfunctions and starts slapping instead, then the dynamite gets soggy, and lastly, her villain mentor, Lucinda, receives a cat from a secret admirer.
But worst of all, her best friend Allegra is being followed by a love-sick millionaire, who's convinced that he and Allegra are soul mates, no matter how much Allegra hates him.
And we swear on the ex-fiancé's puffy left eye: the lovesickness has NOTHING to do with being hit on the head with Allegra's grey china teapot.
I'm proud to say it's gone through three edits already, most of them for vocabulary and wording. XD
Anyway, the book is divided up mostly between Kathy's story and Allegra's.
I still, of course, have to decide what POV I'll be using, (will it be Kathy or Allegra telling the story? Lucinda, maybe? And... first or third person?)
The REALLY terrible bit, though, is the fact that I am supposed to be outlining the entire thing in preparation for November, and I have no idea how I want the ending to end..
Ah well, that's for later, isn't it?