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I didn’t sit down until twelve or one in the afternoon. Sometimes I wrote in silence. Other times, I’d danced salsa while thinking and typing. Needless to say, there were many typos.
This was a busy and challenging time for me. My father was in and out of the hospital that year, and I was constantly driving to San Diego to stay with my mother, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. Several months later, my father recovered, but my mother passed away. My eldest sister and I accompanied my father to Hawaii to visit with family and friends and to scatter her ashes on Maui. A month after that, I traveled to Bali on a pre-scheduled book research trip. And through all of this, I wrote.
It has a binder system where I can organize chapters by acts, write summaries, and even color code them according to characters or themes so I can see at a glance if I need to touch back with a particular story line relationship. I love this writing program because I can organize novels the way I always wrote screenplays. After it’s compiled into a Word document, I stay there for the edit and polish.