As of today, I've written a second outline for my fantasy story. I've now tentatively titled it The Sapphire Sword, though that's bound to change over time. Stats:
- Title: The Sapphire Sword
- Word Count: 1000 fiction / 3400 (over two outlines)
- Total Words: 4400
- Deadline: March 30, 2016
- Genre: Fantasy
On other fronts, I'm discovering two things that I need:
- a "clean" app to write in. So far, the only one I've found that works on iOS and Mac without a lot of extra fiddling is Microsoft Office. I can just open the app, find where I left off, and start typing. I've tried Scrivener, but I get lost in the details: stop this scene, open a new page, write next scene, go fiddle with outline cards, go change compile settings, etc. Vastly too many ways to get lost in the app rather than the writing (a lot like WordPress, that).
- an outline to write from. For the last several months, I've been trying to write and get a few pages or scenes in and hit a brick wall. Most of the time, I've discovered that it's because I don't know where the characters are going, or where the story is trying to go. Now, I don't want to bend the story or characters to my will, but I need to know something of an arc from beginning to middle to end before I get moving. That way, I can let my skills as a parent out to play to shepherd the story along when it starts wandering off to play in the toy bin.