Halfway, baby!

I'm halfway through the first draft of Steam. Wahoo! That means I'm tracking to my goal which is the first time I've ever done that with a novel. My little "about" box always said when I was planning to finish the book, then people would ask me about it, and I'd have to change it. I think once I just let it ride from one Christmas to the next. ;) Outlining is a wonderful thing.

So is Page Four. If any PC users out there feel like their head is gonna explode trying to write a novel in Word, I suggest Page Four. You'll love it. I can jump around between chapters now, and merge them when I need to, and search for overused phrases and do a word count of all the chapters even when they're in separate docs - no more word count math! Plus, always good to keep the brain firmly in place inside the skull.

Right now, I'm on my deep sea creature scene, so I've been watching Deep Blue Sea with the kids (they love it!) and looking through books about the deep sea trench. I'll leave you with this picture of a cuttlefish from my new favorite blog, Aqua Marine Discovery. Cuttlefish are cephalopods, like octopus and squid, but kinda cute, intelligent enough that you can train them to do tricks in their cages, and they do fun things like communicate by changing the color of their bodies. There are days that sounds like a fabulous idea. Green for 'sure kids, have another piece of candy' and red for 'if I hear you ask me for that one more time...'


Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Congratulations on hitting the halfway mark!!

I've never heard of Page Four. Intriguing. Is it designed specifically for writing manuscripts?

April 17, 2010 at 4:02 PM
Mystery Robin said...

Thank you, Carolina! Yes, Page Four is designed for manuscripts. You can download a trial version for free and I think the full version is only $20-30? It's helped a lot. I used to just print stuff out a lot and move it around, and I far prefer not using all the paper. :)

April 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM
Conda V. Douglas said...

Congratulations and thanks for the suggestion on Page Four--I'll try it after I find enough of my pieces of my head.

April 18, 2010 at 6:26 PM
Kathleen said...

halfway! that's awesome! congrats.

I love cephalopods!

April 19, 2010 at 10:35 AM
Jennifer Hillier said...

Your book sounds fabulous. Congrats on making it to the halfway point! Woo hoo!

Thanks also for the tip about Page Four. Hadn't heard of it but now I must try it :)

April 19, 2010 at 5:10 PM

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