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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

New Toys, Great Diversions

Okay, so I just got an interesting tool for helping me get my novel even more organized, and although I was a little skeptical at first, I'm totally enthralled with this thing now.

So, it's this thing called "New Novelist" and it's from a British company and used in some UK schools (it boasts of meeting their curriculum guides). As I doubt I'll ever have the pleasure of actually attending a British school or taking a British-led class, this isn't a bad way to sate my curiosity, but more importantly, it's a great way to make me think about stuff I often suggest others consider.

When I was editing my brother-in-law's novel (he should get a copy of this program, too..Hmm...) I even made up a couple of worksheets for him to do so he could get in touch more completely with his characters and understand their motivations better (he was having some inconsistencies). He loved the worksheets and totally sang my praises about them. Yep, they were pretty cool (I liked them, too) but, even though this program doesn't address the exact same things in precisely the same way, it's got so many pull down menus to get you to truly define your book (by type) and all your characters, settings, and odds and ends it would have taken me MUCH longer to make the tools myself than to just buy the program and use it.

I'm already re-examining several parts of the book and deepening a couple characters that I just figured I'd "get around to." And it's given me a better format for saving all my notes and info (a far cry from scraps of paper written awkwardly and haphazardly and stuck in various notebooks). Anyhow, lovin' it.

Go, check out their site and maybe you'll find it useful, too.

Have a great night!
Saiorse

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