I was half in and out of a dream this morning when I realized that I had once said I would review Ommwriter and a few of the other full-screen writing programs that I’ve installed, like FocusWriter, and yet hadn’t gotten around to doing so. I haven’t done so to this point because I’ve honestly found little use for them. The concept is fantastic, and I’m sure it works well for other writers. My problem, and this became clearer with extended use, is that I harness my ADD into the way I write. It’s often best for me to jump around from one item to another as I write; some of my greatest inspiration comes from following this method, so going full-on with focusing on my writing may not be the best choice for me.
Of course, then I have mornings like today when I question the wisdom of that approach. The words just aren’t coming to the surface like they usually do, but there are some stressful things going on elsewhere. That could be interfering with my ability to really loosen up and get the words flowing.
The good news is that there is now a clear path straight on to the end of Book 2, and getting the group out of Bakersfield at last. Well, practically a clear path. I’m still debating on whether a key character should be killed here or not, and why that death occurs. I think I’ve sorted out the answer to the question (never put a gun in the hands of a 12-year old), but the entirety of the “how” issue is still outstanding. It’s still some ways down the road from being dictated, though, much less being put into the novel itself, so there’s some time to figure it out. No reason to panic just yet. As for Book 3, I’m very intrigued – Book 2 ends with them opening an ancient door to another world, and I’m not sure what’s on the other side. Oh, I have some vague ideas, and I know the most important parts of where they go from there – especially up to the ending. I’m not totally operating in the dark here, but I’m not 100% certain what happens once they’re on the other side.
Took the weekend off, but I had easily made my word goal for the week, and continued to read with an eye toward the writing itself. I have always read and watched TV and Movies with an eye toward how a given writer crafted a character and wove that character into the plot, but since becoming more active with my writing, it’s almost become a new hobby. Definitely recommended for other writers out there.
Okay, I think that’s all I have for right now. More tomorrow…