When developing an essay, going from an idea to a thesis is a process. From my journal, here are a few of my notes developing an idea about Christian music lyrics.
Scrivener lives up to its reputation. I splurged on it last month and have not regretted it for a minute. Getting by with various MS Word and Excel document was working, but comparing getting by to Scrivener is like comparing hiking without a map to racing a Ferrari on a track.
I’d recommend it to most writers.
As a beginning writer, I’ve struggled with describing my story ideas. After research, thought, and effort around the definitions of idea, concept, premise, synopsis, and theme in writing, I discovered a solid concept, premise, and synopsis can help me craft the story more robustly.
I came up with the following premise and synopsis for Salvage:
Part 1 of Salvage, Episode 1, is almost drafted! It’s taken awhile, but it’s closer than it’s ever been. So exciting!
There’s always more to learn about the craft of writing, and more to revise. Meanwhile, I’m also starting to work on finding beta readers. If you’re interested in being one, let me know.
From Jeff Goins’ article, “Trying to Be a Good Writer is a Complete Waste of Time“:
Don’t be good, be effective
Here’s the solution: Don’t be good. Be effective. Stop trying to be a good writer, and start trying to be effective.
Why? Because “good” is subjective. It’s meaningless. “Good” is an artifact from long ago when writers needed gatekeepers to determine the value of their work. In today’s creative landscape, the goal of writing is connection. Not lukewarm approval. “Effective,” on the other hand, defines a clear relationship between you and the reader. The goal is to be heard, to communicate a clear message to a particular audience.
The last fraction of Part 1 of Salvage you would think would be easy to finish. Wrapping it up has been a little more complicated, though. I’ve spent some time streamlining my writing process, specifically in the spreadsheets where I go from plot elements to scenes to scene elements. In the process, I’ve detailed each key scene a little more fully. That seems to be making writing the actual scenes go a little faster.
So, sometimes a writer has to tighten her belt, er, plot. Did I mention my unique talent for making a short story very, very long? Turns out that’s something to rein in to create a great story.
After research, thought, and analysis, I’ve tightened up the plot for Salvage’s episode 1.
For right now, the ship in episode 1 of the Salvage Project is called Brio’s Hope. Here’s a little backstory and detail on the ship from my notes.