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I hope that all of you are doing well and keeping safe during this crazy time, practicing social distancing and washing your hands as much as possible. Those two things are so basic, but they’re our best bet to flatten the curve.
(Two months ago, I would’ve thought “flattening a curve” had something to do with weight loss. Strange times.)
It’s hard to believe how much has changed in such a short period of time in the United States, and around the world. I’ve found my anxiety is a bit higher and good sleep is a little harder to find. The positive size has been that I’m also spending more time actively trying to connect with my friends and family. Have you found this to be true in your world. too?
(My brothers called me three times in one week y’all. That’s more than they called in all of 2019!)
Amidst all the chaos and confusion, I’ve been trying to maintain a semblance of normalacy. And my normal is a writing day. I thought I’d try for a bit of normal with talking about the items that I use during my writing day. And I also will include a video at the end that gives some work from home tips for those of you who aren’t used to working from home.
My Fave Drafting Apps
When I’m drafting, I start with Microsoft Word and Scrivener. I’m mostly a panster/discovery writer with a couple plotter tendencies. So when I’m starting my project and just running down the road with no map at all, I’m in a Word document writing things out. Once I’ve gotten this smorgasbord out, I tend to use Scrivener to take chunks and many rearrange things. Sometimes a scene will work best in a different area and it’s earier to move pieces with Scrivener.
And from here I do two things. One: I use Google Drive to make it accessible to beta readers and to have a backup in case one of these other programs betrays me and loses my work. (Always back up your stuff y’all!) And two: I also have an external drive that I use as my safety zone. I bought my Seagate external drive from Walmart. I back up each completed draft and it gives me peace of mind. I’ve lost too many things in the past.
Current Works In Progress
Right now I’m finishing the edits on Midnight Murder. I’ll be working on those and writing the synopsis for the next few days. I’ll be back here soon, to let you know when it’s completed. It’s a story that gives a little backstory for my West Virginia cousins– Isa, Freya, and Neilina. You may have met Freya in Wiped Out, Book 1 of the Beach Bound Cozy series. And Isa hangs out in the Mystic Eye Bookshop Files
I have some plans for Camp NaNoWriMo, which is happening in a couple of days. (Where did March go?) I’ll give you an update on that when we get there. Until then, here’s the video that I created to help people who aren’t super comfortable with working from home. It’s all a learning experience.
Btw, tonight at 9 p.m. EDT, at #writestuff we’re hosting a chat about branding and Rachael Thompson, author of The Bad Readhead 30 Day Marketing Challenge will be there to answer you’re branding questions! I hope to see you there.
If you have any tips for folks who are working from home or if you want to share you which apps you use in your writing flow, let us know in the comments!