Strategic Goal Reevaluation

The Lost World of Script Mode

It was all because of a single key combination.

I normally use a series of spaced asterisks to indicate scene changes in my stories. On the Mac board, the keystroke combination for the asterisk is shift + 8. On numerous occasions, while hammering away at the keyboard, I’ve inadvertently hit command + 8. In Scrivener, the writing software I use, command + 8 invokes Script mode.

At first, the transition from normal text mode to script mode was weird. Typographical quotes disappeared, to be replaced by straight marks. The task bar displaying the live word count—gone.

According to the user guide, screenplays contain formatting that includes specific margins and placement of text elements on the screen. Dedicated script writing software is designed to work with these specifications. A good script package will allow for automation of repetitive tasks: scene headings, settings, description, characters, action, and dialogue.

Ever on the lookout for ways to increase the efficiency of the writing workflow, I figured out a way to add custom entries to the auto-complete list in standard text mode.

I fine tuned a technique for building development and preproduction master documents using auto-complete. It’s nice to a dropdown list of words just by keying in the first letter.

A Novel in a Month?

NaNoWriMo, or, National Novel Writing Month, is offered every year in November. For the past two years, I’ve wanted to attempt this. 50,00 words in 30 days. 1,700 words per day for 30 days will surpass 50,00—and that’s writing every day.

I had an idea for a novel. I even had a cover made. The plan was to prepare the master outline document during the month of October and punch out the novel in November.

You know they say about the best laid plans of mice and writers. I abandoned the NaNoWriMo thing for a different strategy. One that utilizes a 60 day window and targets a word count of 50,000 with 10 days dedicated to building an outline.