Last night I finished the first draft of my next western historical. Now, before anyone gets all excited, sure, that’s better than not finished, or not writing it, but it’s a long way from a book that’s ready to put out. I still have research to do, and of course revising, before it’s even ready for first readers, much less anything else. Still, it is progress.
Also remember this isn’t the next planned book; it’s the one from the idea that floated through my mind, became a minor obsession, and off I went. My hope is to never do this again as this is a messier and much less cohesive first draft than I’ve ever produced before and is going to take more work to smooth out. But it’s done, which at least takes care of the obsessive need to write it and lets me get back to the Plan.
I would have sworn that no one would ever get me to use any program but Word Perfect for writing right up till the moment they could tear it from my cold, dead hands (getting out of this world without ever having to learn to use Word except minimally is one of my major life goals), but I confess to having discovered a marvelous program designed specifically for writers called Scrivener. The talk about it on Kindle Boards made me so curious I couldn’t stand it, so I downloaded the trial version, set it up for this book, and gave it a try. I also have what’s done so far on the new mystery in the program now.
My first love is safe because once I get to a certain stage with the books, I’ll export to WP and finish there, but I am finding that the way Scrivener works either helps me keep trucking through that first draft (which is the hardest part for me), or I have new toy syndrome, and it will off wear off soon. I’ve also joined a thread on Kindle Boards where authors report in each day on how many words they’ve written. It’s like the diet programs where you have to weigh in regularly. Who want to be the one who goes in and hasn’t lost? Who wants to be the one reporting nothing written?