My writing’s been getting me down for a while. I tried lots of different ideas. Nothing seemed to work. My agent, Jenn Laughran, was working hard. Nothing was working at her end either. Sitting down to write anything was becoming painful. I spend my time over the holidays doing other things. It’s easy to find other things to do over the holidays.
However, now I’m feeling great. So many things came together over the past month. I received the green light from Kar-Ben to go ahead with a second Scarlett and Sam adventure. I based this one on the old legend of the shamir, the magical creature that King Solomon used to cut the stones to build the Temple. It’s lost and Scarlett and Sam have to find it. I won’t tell you more than that, other to let you know that I’m having such a great time writing this story. It almost writes itself.
Another reason I feel the writing is going so well is because I’ve been trying out a new writing program called Ulysses. I’d heard about it, but I never knew anyone who actually used it. I’m always interested in writing programs and apps, especially in the different ways they affect the whole process. Ulysses proved easy to learn. At least, it was easy to learn enough to get started.
What I like about it is the way its developers have stripped it down. It’s lean and mean. No extra features. No fonts; no spacing; no paragraph indents. Nothing to set or adjust. You just write.
I suspect that’s the reason why Scarlett and Sam is going so well. There’s nothing to fool around with. If there is, it’s well-hidden. Writers like myself are notorious for finding all kinds of things to fiddle with instead of actually writing something. Pages is a great program, but it’s loaded with stuff to fool around with. It almost begs you to goof off. Not Ulysses. There’s nothing to do but write. So I write. And the story progresses.
I can’t believe I’m almost a third of the way through and it’s only been a week since I started.
The second project that’s brightening my spirits is working on a graphic novel script for some of the legends about the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. Jenn thinks these stories have potential in that genre. I do, too. However, trying to write what is essentially a movie script on a standard word processing program isn’t easy. I find myself pushing too many tabs.
So I went looking in the App Store and found a screenwriting program called Slugline. It was reasonably priced. I thought I’d give it a try. I’m sure glad I did. It’s easy to learn and when you do, it does the formatting for you. All you need to master are a few simple commands. Quetzalcoatl was cruising along until I had to lay it aside to work on Scarlett and Sam. It doesn’t matter. I feel I’ve accomplished a lot with both manuscripts.
Full speed ahead!