From the Ashes 1st Draft Complete!

That’s right! The first draft is complete! Now the cooling off period begins and I finish the outline for Book 2 and work on the cover in the meantime! Only a week behind schedule, I’m pretty proud. It was really like 3 first drafts in one, so I can forgive myself for taking a little extra time. I kept starting over before I truly finished. But now it’s finished and I can’t wait to really work on the outline for book 2, Out of the Flames. *Commence happy dance*

Title Reveal

The book I’ve been working, or series rather, has now received a title. Drum roll please…..
FROM THE ASHES
That is the title of book one. I can’t decide if I want a series title or just to let the rest in the tetralogy become part of the “From the Ashes Series.” So I’ll keep you posted.
Tentative titles for the rest in the series:
Book 2: AMONG THE FLAMES
Book 3: INTO THE STORM
Book 4: THROUGH THE MIST
So there  you have it! The titles for the tetralogy I’m working on! I plan to release them all in 2-3 years, hopefully sooner. But editing takes a lifetime and for financial reasons, I may end up attempting to do my own covers. *Yikes*

Novel Writing Software Liquid Story Binder VS Write Way Pro

UPDATE: It was very late, but I updated my opinion on the best writing software for authors. Check it out!

I am by nature a perfectionist. I also happen to be easily distracted. Yet I also happen to be a research guru. What does this all lead up to? Apart from not getting much writing done, it leads me to believe that in order to write, not just write, but write well, I need certain things. Laptop. Laptop cooler. Desk for writing in bed. Back rest to sit up in bed. Writing lamp. Among my needs is software. In order for my masterpiece to become a reality I can’t just sit down and write. I need the best software out there. I need software that will do everything but write the story for me. If you are anything like me and this is just one more excuse for you to not pick up the pen and write then I have bad news. I’ve found a program for you. So now you can sit down and write with me.

I’ll compare the two best ones I have tested and found worthy. I have tested others but these are the only two worthy of your time.Trust me when I say, I’ve found a program that will do what it needs to. I’ve tried them ALL. For some reason, I felt it wasn’t my fault if I wrote poorly, if I wrote at all, because how could I possibly create without the perfect program to organize all my thoughts? In all fairness to myself, I was partially correct. Since writing with these programs, my productivity has gone up and my frustration down. The two I will compare are Liquid Story Binder and Write Way.

Write Way writewaypro.com

This was the first program I found worthy of purchase after trying all the free demos available

Pros:

  • Smooth pleasant face
  • Easily navigated
  • Nice tutorial already implemented
  • Not overly complex- just enough of what you need

Cons:

  • You can’t just write and organize later (you must add “scenes” and then rearrange”
  • I didn’t use the organization tools
  • The character profiles were too complicated

Liquid Story Binder www.blackobelisksoftware.com

$45.95

Pros:

  • Tutorial covers everything
  • Use only what you need-totally customizable
  • Add music to your scenes! One of my favorite features!!
  • Bang for your buck! A lot of features for a small cost
  • 30-day free trial (mine lasted longer, and I only bought it because I was afraid I’d lose my work)
  • Very customizable (always something to work on-nonlinear writing)
  • Free online tutorials on the website and very responsive email support team

Cons:

  • Tutorial a little overwhelming
  • Probably a lot of extra fluff you’ll never use (but maybe you will!)
  • Be careful about losing your work or renaming scenes

Apart from that, they have many of the same features. You can put both into ebook format, add content for the front and back matter, add character profiles, organize research and notes and much more. Unless you have a Mac, these are the best out there for Windows. If you have a mac I would also try Scrivener. Ultimately I thought WriteWay Pro was the best but then finally tried Liquid Story Binder and like it much better. So you can try either one with their demos and take my word for it.  Either way, pick one and get writing!