[Attacking the Novel] End of April Retrospective

People usually say that in hindsight, time went by so fast. THAT’S THE TRUTH! I can’t believe we’re already into the month of May. Half of 2017 is almost gone and with that, the realization of how much work is left to do if I want to stay on track for finishing at least the initial draft of my book this year. Between that, the Reading Challenge, and just general ‘adulting,’ I have my work cut out for me.

As I mentioned previously, I received much needed inspiration after writing on The Nifty Notebook blog for almost nine months concerning how to properly use the platform to properly motivate myself to finally put my money where my mouth is and write my second novel. Before leading to this however, I saw it necessary to regroup and ensure all my metaphorical ducks were in a row. Which brought me to my goals for April: Begin delving into social media a bit harder for the sake of establishing connections with other people equally interested in things like this; and to begin organizing my notes and establishing a place for all my ideas so that I’d could be MUCH more focused creatively;

Well, it’s still early in but I’ve taken a stab at both.

Never been great at Twitter. But darn it I’m going to figure it out!

The screenshot listed above is from the creation of my Twitter account ‘@niftynotebook_‘ (follow me!). My goal is to begin following more people like me (aspirational authors), those who have already conquered this journey (published authors and writers), and other interesting accounts that I can find. The hope is to eventually build a network of great information and cool things to populate my timeline. You never know where great inspiration and advice will come from; and as you can see, with me just starting this up, I’m trying to build it one follower at a time.

The second piece to the puzzle was some way of consolidating all my various ideas on different stories into one place. While the application isn’t perfect, I’ve been finding great success with Evernote. It works pretty similar to your file folder organization on your computer. You have notebooks that serve as the container for notes that will list ideas, imported files, etc. Several notebooks can be ‘stacked’ together to form a large file structure in concept. The result being something like what’s listed below:

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Pretty bare now but I’ve never been able to visually see all the ideas I’ve had in one go like this before.

As I mention in the caption, it’s pretty bare right now but I have some notebook paper to scan with ideas to add to the folders, as well as a few more write ups for each particular series that have been floating around on my computer for a while. Since at least college, all three of these ‘novel series’ have been bubbling in my head gradually getting more and more coherent; and while they’re all still pretty sparse as far as a complete story goes, I’ve never really sat down and focused hard on them before like this. Except for my Billy Johnson and the Saviors of Time manuscript that I wrote for NaNoWriMo. That’s waiting to go through its first round of editing. But that isn’t what I’m currently interested in right now. My time and energy will go towards Clover.

Clover is something I’ve had in my mind for a while. But I’ll speak on that in an upcoming post when I talk about my goal for the month of May and/or June. For now, wish me luck in the outlining process. It’s easy for me to get lost in the weeds with world building. It’s my favorite part of writing a novel.

Until next time.

Author: Mr. Nifty

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