Nov. 13th, 2009

Today I discovered the autosummarise tool on Word. So far, Windrose Hall in autosummarised form looks like this:

“Tom! Tom!”
“Kit. “Tom? “Simeon!”
Master... “Tom! Tom!”
Simeon turned to Kit. Tom nodded. “Sorry Kit... “Kit?” “Joan!?”
Kit grinned. Joan. Uncle Benjamin...”
I met Master Tom’s eyes. “I see,” said Master Tom.

“Kit...” “Joan,” said Tom.
“Talking to Simeon,” said Master Tom. “Do you?” asked Master Tom.
“For dinner?” asked Master Tom. “Joan!” “None,” said Master Tom. “Tom? “Tom...” said Kit.
“Tom? Tom?”
Kit asked.
Kit sighed. Tom said. “Tom, Kit,” she said. Master Tom sighed. “What about Master Kit?” “Yes,” said Master Tom. I was Master Tom and Master Kit’s housemaid.”
Tom nodded. “Joan. “Joan?”


Anyone feel like commenting with autosummarised version of things they've written, or classic works of literature? Unfortunately plays don't really work, as they come out like this:

Richard III )

On the other hand, Pride and Prejudice looks like this:

Pride and Prejudice )

[Don't ask me how to find autosummarise on Word - I'm awful at describing that sort of thing. It's easy to find by googling though.]
Today was an amazing writing day - I got through about 7000 words, and so am now only about a day behind.

Whether they are any good remains to be seen, of course, but I didn't feel I was lowering my standards any, and there was quite a bit I deleted as not good enough.

I think when it comes to editing, I'm going to have to take some of the booze out. Many of my characters are a bit repressed, so when I want them to say anything to one another I have to get them drunk. And other nefarious types in the story are also out to get them drunk, so what with one thing and another, they've been rolling through the last few chapters three sheets to the wind.

I'm fairly certain you're not supposed to do that in young adult books.

Writing repressed characters )

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