The extent in which one would use Scrivener is up to the individual.
Reasons I Use Scrivener
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"Capturing moments others may never get to experience."
Scrivener is one of the favourite tools I like to use when I compile my writing thoughts. The program allows me to keep information together for my all of my projects. Organizing storyboards, research, links and prewriting in one location. Best of all, it’s not just for writing books.
The extent in which one would use Scrivener is up to the individual.
What program do you use to keep writing ideas organized?
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Do I write raw?
As much as I can. For me it’s just another word that says I write by the seat of my pants. No boundaries and rules holding me back. The grammar and spelling are overlooked, as is the structure. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again I am sure, editing is for later.
Unfortunately, (and they may think otherwise) there are those who write with as much ‘political correctness’ as possible in the first draft of anything they produce. Which, in my opinion, is too bad, because I think they lose out on so much.
My first drafts are a wreck. They are full of every mind blowing situation and scene I can conjure up in my mind. These thoughts don’t necessarily have a place in the final, refined version, but it is what breathes life into the story.
The first draft of anything we write should sting with every thought imaginable. The first draft needs to be raw.
Are your first drafts politically and grammatically correct, or are they raw?
As you write, refer back, and make changes to the 5-W's if necessary. It’s OK to start with preliminary thoughts only to find they vary or stray completely from the original. That's part and parcel of what writing is about.
Most of the basic tools needed to reach the Finish line are found in the 5-W’s. Their guidance are known to have encouraged and directed a number of project towards a debut with the world.
Do you use the 5-W's when you write?
Writing classes help you learn:
I started writing by the seat of my pants in grade school. The teachers were not impressed with my lackadaisical efforts and boisterous imagination. I tended to surprise them with my end result of any given English project. It wasn’t until the teen years that I realized I should really keep this stuff known as stories and poetry that had been born through creativity and living.
Several moves, and life interruptions, I still have some of the stuff from the olden days. As a matter of fact, some of that stuff made its way into the pages of Moon Rising.
I continue to write by the seat of my pants until I feel the need to make something out of what I have penned. That is when the teacher’s rules start to apply themselves.
It works for me, but it’s not for everyone. Don’t get me wrong, I like structure and I thrive on lists, but creating from within has to happen when I feel the urge, not at a designated time within the 24 hour clock.
I work on several projects at the same time. When I write, no matter where or on what, I start with the date, the main character’s name, and away I go. About every month or so, I take all my hand written notes from the last typed entry date and type them into the project’s file on the computer. Some are snippets, some are several chapters that flow together, others are chapters that will fit in later or earlier. This step is actually my first edit.
Inspired by life and all things that make me smile, the urge to write happens when I’m out for a walk, in bed and driving down the road. It happens anytime, but always from the heart.
Do you write with structure, or like me, by the seat of your pants?
Open your eyes and look around. The inspiration to write is there. Let your mind float to the clouds, read a book, watch people in a crowd.
For some, there is a need to be inspired by the thoughts of others. A sentence, a word, a conversation and writing prompts.
Where inspires your writing?
The gift of writing comes from deep within where the words tumble freely from the heart. Unfortunately, sometimes, a comfort zone of genre and words becomes a stumbling block knocking our creativity up against a wall.
Step outside the box. Embrace a newness of how you write. If only for a short time, any or all of these ten tips may improve your writing.
Are you up for the challenge of trying something new?
I often read what I have penned to the man of the house. Depending on the topic and content, I am guaranteed to get a response in the form of several different facial expressions along with his words of wisdom. There is the one I know, right away he is thinking that the Bunster (my brain idea thing) has fallen off the wheel, or there’s another that tells me he is certain the Bunster has lost it completely; and, finally, the one that comes with the words, “Read that again, or I like it.” The conclusion of our conversation quite often revolves around where the idea was hatched.
He is not the only one that question where an idea sprouted from. On more than one occasion, friends, family and strangers make the query. Truthfully, my knee jerk answer is, “I don’t know”. When I get to think about it for a few days, my answer has still been, “I don’t know.” And usually with the addition of, “They just happen.”
Once the Bunster has made a few passes around the brain waves with a new imaginitive thought, I might leave it alone for a while; or, I might jot some notes on the nearest piece of paper available; or, I might sit down and write until the words are exhausted.
Victoria Griffin pretty much sums it up for everyone who writes, and has had the question ”Where do your ideas come from?” asked of them.
Share your idea bank with us. Where do your creative ideas come from?
“You should write a blog. Share your stuff. Get the word out there.”
I hear this all the time, and truth be known, I have said it to people, too. It makes sense, but the reality is, it’s not always easy to do. Writing about what you know may not be the carrot on the stick that entices people outside your normal following to stop by for a read.
Coming up with creative and new subject matter for a blog sometimes has me searching the airwaves and memory bank for content. It was one of these ferreting out sessions that I came across an article from one of the news feeds I receive. Mike Allton's sometimes interesting and mind stimulating blogs about online marketing presented an easy and realistic approach to gathering new blog content. He calls it Newsjacking. In layman’s terms it's simply writing about things you are interested in, that are in the news.
Case in point, I'm curious about social media marketing and I subscribe to news feeds that discuss the topic. I like to share my finds along with my personal experience and knowledge in hopes of helping others with learning curve questions. A dry subject to some, but none the less, one that instills some thought provoking answers for others.
Keeping blinders on can be obstacle forming for beginner bloggers faced with the growing pains of getting traffic to come, read, comment and share their writings. If posting content others are in search of means taking something you find interesting in the news, expounding on the subject matter and embedding some links, I say go for it. Your readers just might find your twist on any given topic to be the one that keeps them coming back.
What are your thoughts on Newsjacking?
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