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Maybe it doesn't mean anything, but for several months I've hardly been able to write and I didn't log into any of my writing accounts at all. I felt like I couldn't deal with it or I was afraid of feeling overwhelmed. But yesterday I wrote over 2600 words in one go. I just couldn't stop.

At first I thought maybe I was having a writer's block, but I realized that the first time I started writing was in October and now it's October also. So perhaps my writing biorhythm is connected to the time of year.

Last year I also experience a downtime during the summer, but I didn't pay any attention to when I picked up on it again. This could be something to keep an eye on. I wonder if anyone else has had a similar experience.
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I went ahead and got a license for Scrivener. I still had 20 days left on my trial, but I already knew I'd keep using it. I've tried yWriter as well for several days and although I also liked that one, I still preferred Scrivener mainly because: 1) the Binder interface allows me to access all of my files without having to go through menus, pop-ups, or anything else, and 2) Scrivener allows me to use em-dashes and curly quotes. Yeah, I know I could always import the text into my regular word processor and convert things manually, but for the sake of keeping my sanity I'd like to keep my workflow as simple as possible. And, I suppose 3) I thought I'd support the Windows version to let the developers know I really appreciate their efforts in making the program available to users who don't have a Mac. :)
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I've started using the Snowflake method to plan out my stories. It's quite a lot of work to write out all the different synopses, but I hope it'll be worth the trouble. I haven't gotten beyond Step 7 yet, and I'll probably need to go back to some previous steps and refine them, but that's supposed to make it all the better. :)
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I recently joined a writing community called Scribophile. I've done a little proofreading and editing on other sites and forums before, but I love Scribophile's ability to actually leave comments within the text itself (inline critique). I think that's so much easier than quoting. You can also leave template and freeform critiques if you prefer, but I haven't tried those yet. Plus, the site gives you karma points for the effort, which is always nice. Now I only need to gather enough courage to post some of my own work. ;)
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I've just customized the color codes in Scrivener to show whether a scene is Proactive or Reactive. Some scenes contain a little bit of both types, so I also included options for Pro-Re or Re-Pro.

In the synopsis field I'm putting the scene structure: respectively Goal, Conflict, and Setback; or Reaction, Dilemma, and Decision.

I'm still rewriting the planning in this way, but I can already see how much better the story is going to be when I actually follow through with it!
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I'm trying out Scrivener to help me extend my first story into a full-length novel without going insane. I've already imported my current draft and notes, and I started planning out additional scenes. When I was adding chapters I didn't know I could move scenes between them with a simple drag and drop, but I simply tried it and it worked! :D The document notes on the side are also extremely helpful, as are the different overviews with the synopsis. I really love the flexibility of the program: virtually everything can be customized! :)

Having said that, I'm not sure whether to use the same project file for different stories. All of my stories feature the same set of characters and I don't want to keep duplicating the character files and notes across multiple projects. But I'll just try it out and see what happens!
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My latest story!
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Fairy Tale Romance
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June Summers started writing and posting stories online in 2011. She self-published her first short story as an ebook, but her ambition is to finish a novel and see it in print.
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Last year's word count > 100,000 :)
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