Status Update – 2014-02-24

Nothing monumental for this week. Things are moving along as intended. I edited 31 of 54 days this year and I’m  ~2000 words over my goal. More importantly, I feel like I’m coming into the final run on Dwarf Lords. Then it will be time to take a crack at editing the first of the Dragon Lords.

Thursday Trenches – Creating a Mobi File

Well, I can’t take credit for this post. It’s a timely topic, as I expect to do this very soon. Susan Russo Anderson created this easy and concise guide to creating a mobi file in Scriverner for Windows. (She also has one for Mac.) So if this is relevant to you, take a look.

How to Compile a sparkling mobi in Scrivener for Windows

-Keep Writing

Status Update – 2014-02-17

Not a big update this week. Met the goals for writing and editing. Still moving along.

-Keep Writing.

Thursday Trenches – Hammer of Had Smiting

Early on, there was a lot for me to learn. That’s not to say I’ve learned it all, but I’ve definitely come a long way. There are a lot of rookie mistakes to make, that will depend a lot on you what you read and who your teachers were. For me, I used the word ‘had’ all the time (3rd person stories).

I came to realize it was completely unnecessary. Nine times out of ten, you can remove ‘had’ or ‘have’. Or if not removed, you can replace it with a better word. Often had is used when the verb should be past tense.

He had taken the pills. – He took the pills.

The sun had broken over the horizon. – The sun broke over the horizon.

She had two cars. – She owned two cars.

Of course, I’m not saying you need to open your files right now and remove every instance of the word. YMMV. Do what’s best for you. Just something to think about next time you’re writing.

-Keep Writing.

Status Update – 2014-02-10

I realized over the weekend that I missed my Thursday Trenches last week. So I’ll have to make sure I get that post up this week. (Of course, if I wrote them out days [weeks!?!] ahead of time, there wouldn’t be that problem, would there?)

So as of this week, I’m ~1500 words over my goal. Not a bad deal at all. I’m at 12% of my goal for the year, and I’ve edited 21 out of 38 days. I’m going to put my SF novel on hold for the time being (or at least work on it less). I’ve started a new project which I will tell you all about very soon. Of course, I will maintain the editing efforts. I’m just redirecting my creative time to this new project.

-Keep Writing.

Status Update – 2014-02-03

Moving right along here. I’m up to just a hair under 13K, and probably the last quarter of the novel. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been as into it as of late, but I’m going to see it through to the end. I can clean it up in edits later. I also edited 18 out of 31 days.

More to come soon!

-Keep Writing.