Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Status Report

Sickness is good for writing. I wrote a bit of everything last week; Starcaster II, Christian thriller and time travel fantasy. The Christian thriller went into a direction I didn't expect, and then came to another screeching halt. I wrote an opening scene for Starcaster II, then fizzled because I don't have a plot. I have a plot for a later book in the series, not the second book. And my time travel fantasy is still very much in the idea stage.

So I'm doing a lot of writing, but getting very little done. This is typical for me while I am querying. The querying is going well--better than the last time--but no representation yet.

Since I'm neck-deep in trying to prepare for my Word Expert certification exam, I started thinking about my Word for the Novelist series. Would you guys be interested in an article on Master Documents? I know some of you use separate files for each chapter. Well, a master document allows you to jump to each file in the master document by way of a hyperlink. It's very cool and would be a very viable alternative to the Document Map method I already detailed in this article. I used the Master Document Method for my trunk novel, Oath of the Songsmith.

Let me know and I'll get writing!

7 comments:

  1. So by master document, does that mean a document which holds all the files of a document at once (eg. story chapters) rather than each chapter/episode getting its own file?

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  2. I'm glad your writing is going well. I like having more than one story going, just so I can switcfh off when one stalls. Tho I could do with fewer in-progress stories than I have; I think I have nearly a dozen. {rueful SMILE}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

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  3. *sneeze*

    I'm glad sickness is useful for someone. When I'm sick my brain tends to sit in a big useless gooey lump going 'blaaaaaaaaaaa'.

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  4. Blue, a master document is both!!

    Wow; a dozen! I don't think I could think in so many plot threads!

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  5. Having so many stories jostling for attention often feels like a bit of a log-jam. That makes it particularly nice when I get one cleared, like I did with this season's holiday story recently. {Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

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