I woke up today in an awesome mood. The inflammation that has been flaring in my pooch appears to have finally been banished. And after about $700 in drugs and diagnostics what did the job? A $10 bottle of prednisone. Go figure. And to top that off, the snow is all but gone save for a few scattered embankments on the side of the road. The past three days have been sunny and relatively warm. I've managed to get out for a run and a walk and today another run is scheduled. My friend, Christine, is training for a half marathon--the little keener--and she has offered to take me out running on Sunday. Should be fun. My own personal trainer.
The writing is going great. I'm finding lots of places where I can cut and blend and so far, knock on wood, I am on track with my word count. This in itself is a major accomplishment that has never been seen before. Breaking the story down into three acts and assigning page counts to each is making this process much easier. And I've noticed something as I'm doing this. Each book I approach in a different way. With every new manuscript I seem to try a new 'system'. There is the one staple that never changes - outline first. But then I veer off and each book seems to end up with is own way of evolving. One I did the hero's journey. Another I did the First Draft in 30 Days method. Another I did GMC and scene caps. Now with Brimstone it's the Three Acts but this was first fleshed out with extensive backstories, GMCs, and timelines. And so far, this book seems to flowing the easiest. Although I think that might also be due to the fact that I feel such a passion for this series that even the hard days don't feel like a huge struggle.
Does anyone else do that? Create a different system of writing the book with each new manuscript? Or do you each have the same system you follow each time?
By the way, on a totally unrelated topic, I have found a new place which I think is similar to myspace, but I'm not entirely sure having never been on my space, but it's called Facebook. Check it out. I think you can just type in my name to get my profile to pop up or you might have to set up a log in first. Not sure.