Scrivener Rocks!

I’m finishing (I hope!) edits on Released.     A Mac writer using Scrivener

Checking the thread of pipes. (Ask my sister or read the book! It comes out soon!)

Changing chapter numbers. I inserted chapter fourteen in between thirty-four and thirty-five. (Or I think it was there.) Then I had to go all through the chapter list to change the chapter numbers. (If anyone out there knows an easier way … )

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Calendars, Scenes, and Sequences

IMG_2701My editor recommended setting up a timeline for the current fiction I’m editing. The story line was really messed up. I had the scene where Mr. Main Character shot the guy before the scene where he chose the gun! (Maybe not that bad but just about!)

So I made this spiffy calendar. After a search in iPages and Word, I settled on Word: Templates >Print Layout View>Banner Calendar. I personalized it for what time of year the book takes place–April. Labeled it with the name of the series: The Great Escapee and Book One–Jailbird.

From there I just printed it out and filled it in.

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Platforms are not for Sissies

I am baffled.

If writing five novels isn’t enough (plus around fifty short stories and articles and five children’s books), a writer is told they need to build a platform.

A what?

Shoes? A stage?

I’m struggling.

I am told I shouldn’t approach an agent or pitch a novel, unless I have that novel written. How do I find the time to write/edit and also build a platform?

When I google information on the subject, there are scads of websites offering ebooks (that’s cool), blogs, 5 ways to build everything.

Then there’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. (And more!)

Ugh.

I am reading Michael Hyatt‘s book Platform and I can see a plan. Maybe I am the type of person that just needs the list. I’ll do each task, then check it off.

I am taking it one step at a time. And when I say one step, I mean one! As I read through the book, I just perform the task to the best of my (current) ability.

I will build on one social media site at a time. Like this blog. It goes out to FB and Twitter, so that’s double-score!

And I will do one new task a week — each one building together to create that platform.

Yesterday? I added my email signature. I realized when we changed email accounts, I hadn’t done that.

Small thing, but … one done.

Check.