MONDAY FORTUNE COOKIE, 1/7/13
You’re a practical person with your feet on the ground.
SNARKY RESPONSE: Talk about damning with faint praise. I’m a fantasy writer, dang it. We’re supposed to walk around with our heads in the clouds. And as for “practical,” well, that’s just mean.
Actually, as a writer, you absolutely MUST be practical. Only the lucky few get rich doing this, so it’s a matter of juggling priorities and desires. Scheduling writing time in the midst of family, work, and friends. Learning your craft with books, classes, or workshops. Tracking your hours, receipts, characters, and plots. Organization is as much a key to one’s success as that fickle creature, your muse.
In my constant search for a better mousetrap, I’ve acquired Scrivener and am trying to work on my current WIP, Aces Down. It’s loaded with ideas and ways to organize your first draft and works for a variety of project types, from novels to screenplays to non-fiction.
I imagine that many of my forthcoming blog posts will be about my efforts at flattening my learning curve. Consider yourself warned.
In the meantime, why not share with me and “the rest of the class” your favorite writing program or method for organizing your writing. As I said, I’m always on the hunt for the better mousetrap.