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Weekly writing check-in: reading pillows and dictation

So tomorrow is the big day. My BookBub featured deal for the first season of Coffee and Ghosts goes out the door (or through the email server) bright and early.

To say I’m nervous is an understatement. In fact, I’ve been dreaming about the featured deal. I’ve been checking obsessively to make sure that the book is still free everywhere. So far so good.

If you haven’t grabbed a copy yet, you should, you really should. Because, again, it’s free everywhere.

To follow up on my cryptic note from last week about productivity, I’ve decided to try dictation.

While I am hoping it will help me write more, I’m not sure if I’m going to use it to dictate actual stories, or if I’ll just use it to brainstorm notes, outlines, and things like that. But the main reason I’m looking into this is that I want to future-proof my writing.

Last year on Mother’s Day I woke up with my upper back, my neck, and my right arm completely seized up—and it hurt like you wouldn’t believe. I could barely move. I really couldn’t write, and I could barely do my job.

We just finished up a huge software update at work, and I was starting to head down that path again, and that’s not a place I want to go. Despite doing all of my physical therapy exercises, it’s still a little iffy at this point.

I did write this week, but not as much as I wanted to. So. Dictation. I’ve been reading up on it. I’ve been practicing. I’ve also made some classic mistakes as well, like jumping into my work-in-progress and trying to dictate that.

Pro tip: don’t do this.

New reading pillow: what’s mine is hers.

I’ve discovered I can’t look at the screen when I dictate, and a lot of the advice on dictation echoes this. Looking puts you into editing mode, and I think it’s even worse than editing while you’re drafting on the keyboard.

I think my ideal set up is going to be to walk and talk. Right now I’m just trying out a recorder app on my phone. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on a system that may not work for me. On the other hand, I did dictate last week’s blog, and right now I am dictating the draft to this week’s blog.

True, I need to do a little editing, but a lot less than I expected.

And now, I’m going to go reclaim my reading pillow.

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Weekly writing check-in: of fairy tales and productivity

Oscar in his mind palace

This week I started the fairytale series in earnest. The writing itself is a switch for me since I’m writing the entire series in the third person point of view and in the past tense.

Recently, most of my fiction has been in the first person point of view, in the present tense. And I know that makes some people grind their molars, but I enjoy writing this way.

But the fairytale series is different. It needs to be in the third person and in past tense because that combination gives it that fairytale feel.

I’m also writing it in multiple points of view. I’ve done this before, but it’s been a while, so I feel a little rusty.

So not only is there one overall voice for the story, but each character has their own voice as well that must be consistent. Each character has a unique worldview—how they see the world, think about it. Even word choices will be different, not to mention how they relate to all the other characters in the story.

I’m also experimenting with productivity and getting more words on the page. This is very much an experiment at this point (as in, I’m starting today). I don’t know if it’s going to work, but if it does, I will blog about it here. And if it doesn’t? We’ll just pretend this paragraph never happened.

In other news, I’ve been getting ready for my BookBub promotion on May 21st. So I’ve been running some low-level ads, and I’ve been obsessively checking to make sure that the book is free everywhere it needs to be free (which is actually everywhere).

And that’s about it for this week. If all goes well, I will let you know about my productivity experiment next week.

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