If there was an emoji for a big belly laugh in Scrivener, I’d insert one here. Let me make this week three report as clear as possible. I read a romance novel. Or, rather I read several of them.
I wrote about 1000 words.
Nope, didn’t measure or count them but I did dictate them into a master Scrivener file. So I count that as great practice for dictation as the accuracy level was easily into the high 90’s. Thanks to this ebook on Training Your Dragon.
So What Did I Do?
- If you remember last week, I was stunned to discover I had a monster story on my hands after I had done the main thinking and noodling around.
- I also pinned it down to having three love stories.
- I read the Dummies Book on Writing A Romance novel. (As an aside, if anyone is having trouble identifying “conflict” in stories – romance or otherwise – it’s a good read and worth the $12.)
- I started laying out/writing one of those romance stories – did it and was really unhappy with it. I mean really unhappy. Structure and words were deleted. Back to square one.
Have You Read A Romance Novel?
Up until this week, I had never read a romance novel. Never. Didn’t even cross my mind.
That period of my life has ended. I’ve not only read a bunch (they’re fast reads) I’ve also marked them up with pen to summarize the plot development. The notes on each chapter were dictated into Agnes (Yes, I’ve named my Dragon dictation software and that alone tells you what kind of week it was.)
What I’ve created is a story outline that’s been used by at least three mega-selling romance authors.
Please understand this isn’t the story I was copying but rather the story structure.
As in at what percentage of the story
- Has gone by before the first kiss?
- Before they break up for the first time?
- The first fight?
- The really, really big sex scene?
- Before somebody uses the magic three words?
I have all those things now and yes, they fit nicely into the story structure for every other story.
I also wrapped my head around the points of view in these books. And had discussions with those of the female gender about those sex scenes. (Hey, I’m a guy remember – the female mind is a foreign country with an incomprehensible language.) Fascinating! (And with that, I’ll leave that topic safely alone.)
Having come from the world of business lo these many years, I understand the need for marketing and platform development.
I signed up for Mark Dawson’s course in Facebook advertising (it’s way more than that btw) and I’m working my way through that at the same time.
Given I have 23 non-fiction ebooks and 3 fiction books to date, it’s a good bet I’ll recover this money in short order. I’m about halfway through the Facebook modules (the course deals with more platforms than just Facebook.) and I expect to begin a massive project of ebook upgrading and audience development/book sales in the very near future.
Well, it was an interesting week (as usual) and while those word counts are non-existent, I’m moving smoothly towards an entirely new genre and (hopefully) making it work. I note I did publish a ginormous gardening blog post so that does count toward my word count.
As with the last time I started this kind of project, the stated goal of the NaMoWriMo month was quickly abandoned.
But the outcome of focussing on a single project was valuable as it made me go much deeper into my current project(s).
And that alone is a good thing.
That my friends is a basic week three report on NaMoWriMo 17.
As for this coming week, who knows. I may even put some words down.