Twiddling my thumbs. The WIP (Eamonn Shute) is at the endgame and I can’t flog it to agents until after at least the mid of January.
The next one I’m working on (G’Day L.A.) is in the bottom drawer, locked away until February. The urge to get it out (the book, you pervs) is strong, but if I don’t leave it that long it won’t look fresh enough. I need to re-read it like I’ve never seen it before. A longer delay would be even better, but I don’t have that kind of patience.
I’m starting some preliminary research on the next book. It will involve EMP and Air Traffic Controllers and stuff like that.
Very, very preliminary stages.
So I doodled around with the new Scrivener, 2.0 (for MAC. I doubt this works for PC. Would love to know if it does). Edit: Works just fine with PC version
I’ve built a template (right-click and save-as to ~/Library/Application Support/Scrivener/Project Templates/) for four part novel writing, with tags for the FPP, pinch points, ‘All is lost’ moment, etc. If you open a new project with it, you’ll be all set up and ready to go.
Edit: Note that OS X arbitrarily adds .xml to the file name. You need to remove that extension for this to work
(~ refers to your user name on your Mac. In my case it is tony/Library/Application….)
Some of Larry Brooks great stuff is in here, but it’s just the high points, the tip of the StoryFix.com iceberg, where you should go for all the details.
Enjoy, modify it to your hearts content, but whatever you do, keep writing.
[edit, some question about where to put it, how to use it, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so here’s a couple thousand words…]
The file folder to save it in looks something like this:
Once it’s saved there, you access it when you open a new project in Scrivener and selecting ‘Fiction’ along the side of the templates window, something like this:
…and away you go.
If you have any problems, leave a comment and I’ll try and help you out. If you’ve made it work with older versions of Scrivener, let me know.