A Productive Day

This is going to be a short post as it’s a check-in with my progress on Spirit Hackers. Today is my second day off (I work Tues – Sat) and so I try to make my Monday’s productive in writing. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen often as the pull of the TiVo is strong. Well today, I am glad to say I only watched one show during lunch and I got some great writing done!

Spirit Hackers has doubled from eight pages to sixteen in just one day! Talk about exciting! Today I wrote 3,131 words bringing the total word count to 6,109. I’ve completed five chapters and the story is definitely becoming its own person. Already characters are doing things I didn’t intend and I must say I like it. Also, my page count is based on 350 words to a page, not actual printed pages. My new writing program can do both page counts. I prefer to use the one based on a paperback book. If I went by the printed version, I’d be at 27 pages.

One really interesting tool for my dictation software has been dialogue. I stumbled upon this today, where I am actually dictating my character’s lines as if I were the person. I’m changing my voice and speaking as if they were speaking. I have a feeling this will allow my dialogue to feel diverse from the start and give each person in the story a true voice of their own. Of course I’m partial to the work I’m doing, but I think I may be on to something here with this dictating dialogue thing.

  1. Dictation “by” the characters is an interesting concept. Do you have trouble switching back to just being you?

  2. Whoo! Good job! I feel productive, too, though on the opposite end of the spectrum… I stayed away from the computer and caught up on nasty ol’ housework.

    • Aaron
    • October 6th, 2008

    Angie- It’s weird for me also! I honestly just stumbled upon it while starting the dialogue section of chapter five. I didn’t have any trouble being my nerdy self again, so no worries there.

    Janna- Thank you! Productive is productive even if it’s not with writing. Good job to you too.

  3. I want to know more about this dictation software of which you speak…

    • Aaron
    • October 7th, 2008

    Colby, I am thinking of dedicating a whole post to showing how the software works. I also want to show off the writing program I use. Those will hopefully come soon.

  4. I think I’d probably do the same thing if I were dictating. You almost have to.

  5. That would be so cool…I’m excited!

    • Aaron
    • October 8th, 2008

    Melanie- It’s weird how it just happened. I think it is natural.

    Colby- I’m gonna work on it, just for you. Hope to have a post later this week or next week about it.

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