Scrivener ?



This is the first NaNoWriMo that I will be writing where I have Scrivener. Unfortunately, I have not used it at all, since the month that I purchased it. So, I’m a bit reluctant to try using the software in November because of that. However, I wanted to try to devote at least two to three days next week to it before I make a final decision. I wanted Scrivener so bad and this would be the perfect time to use it.

I have also decided that I want to write my project on my desktop computer which will make it easier to save (since my laptop has virtually no memory) and to use Scrivener. But on the lazy days where I just want to nap, I know that will be difficult. As a way to combat that, I am going to try to develop and stick to a writing schedule/routine that is earlier in the day around 6-8 pm where I can get my writing completed before I get distracted by the TV or things around the house. That time will also allow me to take a nap after work and still cook dinner and get settled to write.

One of the things that I really love about Scrivener is that I can import notes and scenes that I’ve already written. I also noticed that there are sections for settings and characters. Since the story that I’m planning on working on will be changing to a fictional town in Virginia I am really excited about giving those components a try and having all of my information in one place.

Has anyone here successfully used Scrivener for any of their writing projects? How was it? Do you have any tips or recommendations?


Writing Spaces



I have two places devoted to writing: the desk in my office and my secretary which is tucked in a corner of the living room. They’re both awesome although I wanted a secretary for long after I had the desk.

Both spaces ideally also serve as the places where I grade and come up with lesson plans.  However, both places are completely cluttered and I haven’t worked at either of them in at least six months.  One of my goals for this weekend, in addition to catching up on my grading, is to completely clear off one of my writing spaces.

It will most likely be the desk in my office because that one is the most cluttered. Although that desk is in a room, I don’t have enough space to store everything that I need so a lot of it just sits on top of my desk that includes papers from past classes that I’ve taught and taken. The top of the desk also has my wireless keyboard, stapler, tape dispenser, coasters, wireless mouse, pens, hand sanitizer, desk lamp and a mouse pad. In addition to a headset, webcam (still in its package), and a 4 port USB hub (also still in its package). I also have a stack of three letter trays sitting on the corner of the desk that I was supposed to be spray painting this summer.

I only used the desk sporadically and completed two degrees without ever touching it. I began to use it in 2012 and have worked to sit at at it and work at it since then but I often do most of my writing and grading in my bed or in a chair.

The office desk is an old, metal, brown clunker that I have had since at least 2004 that was liberated from a junk pile. I love this desk, in part, because it was free but also because it’s a solid piece of furniture that is almost my ideal desk. The only thing missing is a long drawer to store my pens and things right under the opening. But I’ve fixed that by inserting an organizer to store those supplies in the top drawer. Although I initially loved the color I am now thinking of painting it. But first, I have to clean it off so that I can use it.



Layer by Layer

Finally! New poetry by yours truly. I have been writing a lot but not feeling like my pieces are complete. This is a piece that I keep coming back to feeling as of it needs more. I decided that it was enough. Please enjoy! This is another post that failed to post a month ago so I am sharing it today. 

Image belongs to Taye Hansberry

I cannot unpack my femininity

Like luggage after a long trip.

Removing the different layers

As if trying to decide

What symbolizes it most.

I cannot allow you to define

or detract from it as if you

are the keeper of womanhood.

I will not allow you to usurp my femininity

and intimidate me.

I cannot lay aside the small things that

Make me proud of being a woman

Like dainty, lacy lingerie

Sexy dresses, jeans, heels

Or new jewelry.

My femininity is not a coat of armor but it is something I wear proudly.

So while some think it defines me as less. I know that it strengthens me, it is the power behind my strut, smile and grace.


Another Preptober



Okay, so I am gearing up once again to take part in NaNo. It took me quite a while to decide that I would give NaNoWriMo a go again this year. Once I had, I immediately knew which story I wanted to try to complete this year although I’m not certain that it needs 50,000 words. It is a sub-story from one of my previous projects and I decided that these two amazing characters needed to have a story of their own. It’s a friends to lovers tale and they are extremely entertaining so as part of my prepping and planning I am working on the elements and backstory of their friendship.  So today I wanted to share two major things that I am tackling as I work this Preptober.


All the Creative Stuff

One of my favorite things about writing (aside from creating the story) is creating interesting characters and their worlds. This year, I am behind in my creative process but I plan to be prepared by November 1st. Part of that, is doing all the little things that enable me to feel as if I have well-developed characters, a firm idea of the setting and the plot.

Worksheets are one of my major prepping tools. I use them to work out the character, my storyboard, and setting/character’s homes.  This year, I am using sheets that will help me figure out the opening scene as well as the ending. I am in the very beginning stages of completing those sheets but it’s important that I take the time to complete them. They are great resources for me to look back on if I get stuck.


Plotting Pantster

When I first started writing, I was a definite pantster. But the more that I write I find that I need the structure of the plot. That’s where my trusty storyboard sheets come in. I use these to highlight the major parts of the story and sometimes I will put little notes underneath so that I don’t forget the scenes that I want to include in each chapter. This year, I have also taken the time to highlight some of the major scenes that will take place. I am going to add those to my official NaNoWriMo notebook and I will be referring to them as I work on writing.

Are any of you planning to take on NaNoWriMo this year? If so, please share some of your tips and plans for winning.


October- Robert Frost 

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.