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So far this month - yes, I know it's only the 3rd but bear with me - I am feeling . . . cautiously optimistic about my writing.
I'm working on a novella. (That's what I'm calling it since it's less overwhelming than novel.) It's an idea I've been kicking around for awhile, one I'm really excited about writing. It's got good guys who might be bad, bad guys who might be good, old people, kids, and a storm. Oh, and zombies.
Since I know a lot of us struggle with our writing now and then, and this is the Insecure Writer's Support Group post, I wanted to share two reasons why I'm feeling better about this project: Scrivener and Rachel Aaron's ebook 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. (Please note - I don't get anything for mentioning them. I just find them useful.)
Now, I don't use most of the bells and whistles of Scrivener, but I'm already more organized than I've ever been with a mansucript. I watched the ten minute tutorial on the website that shows the very basics of the program and I was good to go.
For me, Aaron's ebook is about much more than increasing my daily word count. I've used it to plot my story way more than I usually do, to plan better for actual writing time, and to remind me how much I truly enjoy the process of creating and telling stories.
So, please keep your fingers crossed for me and my novella this September! It's going to be a wild ride, full of ups and downs...and zombies. Don't forget the zombies.