Thorsday Night: 6813 words, and done

Back Sunday night for the revision. I have worked hard to earn my weekend, and I intend to enjoy it. Hope you do, too.

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  • John Jun 1, 2009 @ 8:44

    Hi Margaret,

    Software looks interesting. I’ll try it in a few weeks.


    John Iovine

  • Paul Bushnell Jun 1, 2009 @ 2:02

    Erm… now I feel bad. 🙁 Sorry about that, Holly.
    I’m sure you’ve figured out what works best after all the effort you’ve put into those videos. I just assumed that was the case because of the pacing and intonation. But your explanation works – guess they haven’t cracked the computer voices yet, after all. Shame! But keep up the good work.

  • LisaM Jun 1, 2009 @ 1:34

    Congratulations, Holly! I’ve just read through all the posts from discovering you had the deadline through to the completion of the short story. Nothing short of amazing!! Just goes to show, where there’s a will (and a clearly defined process to follow) there’s a way!

  • MarFisk Jun 1, 2009 @ 1:24

    Thanks :). I made my 10 stories and happen to really like the last two :D.

    John, Liquid Story Binder has been touted as the PC equivalent to Scrivener. It sounds very similar, but having never used Scrivener and just played around in LSB, I can’t say for sure.

  • Holly Lisle May 31, 2009 @ 22:23

    Whoo-hoo, Margaret! Cheers on the words. And Ben—Muse Bombs is one of my favorite techniques. I’ll be blowing up a few more tonight. And John—Don’t know about WriteItNow anymore. Scrivener so completely blew me away that I haven’t gone bay. I’m sure they’ve done significant upgrading since I last used it, and it was a good program. Based on what it was before, I’d still say give it a shot.

  • Holly Lisle May 31, 2009 @ 22:16


    That’s not an automated voice. The Crash Test Video voice is me reading. [wincing a bit here] I’m doing it at top speed because I’ve discovered that if I go over ten minutes, I can’t load the file on YouTube, and I’m shooting to keep my diction clear so people who have English as a second language can still hope to follow along…but the voice you hear on that thing is all live, and all me.

  • Sam Freestone May 31, 2009 @ 20:23

    You are an inspiration… so glad I found your website way-back-when.


  • John May 31, 2009 @ 14:04

    Hi Holly,

    Little off topic. You’ve commented on Scrivener software. Unfortunately, I don’t live in the Mac universe, so its not available to me. Looking through some old posts you once recommended WriteitNow software, which is PC compatible. How does that stack up against Scrivener? Still recommend it for PC users?

    John Iovine

  • MarFisk May 31, 2009 @ 2:18

    You know, Holly, I think you offered just the right inspiration at the right time. I was stalled on story…eight, I think…and seeing you bully your way through huge word counts made me commit to sit there and finish the darn thing. Went without breakfast, lived on a cup of chamomile tea, but I got that story done and am a third into the last (with another one in between). I think the three come close to your word count on the one :p, but I really appreciate the example you set.

  • Samantha Clark May 30, 2009 @ 21:03

    Very inspirational. Can’t wait to read the story.

  • Ann J May 30, 2009 @ 8:51

    Amazing, Holly. Congratulations!

  • Paul Bushnell May 30, 2009 @ 6:12

    Where’d my comment go? I was hoping for an answer…

  • Ben P May 30, 2009 @ 3:48

    Blown away. Amazing to watch how you implement the techniques you teach in the How To Think Sideways course. Especially when I consider how long I need for the initial development from the Sentence to the scenes each with a Sentence Lite. Nice to read about the muse bombs, too. Still have no idea how to utilise that lesson. Yet. : )

    Great blog, Holly.

  • Deborah May 29, 2009 @ 21:41

    I’m still working at developing the writing/working habit so I think I’ll keep going for the weekend. It’s good to see where I’m heading. Thanks for the example.

  • vanity May 29, 2009 @ 19:26

    That’s pretty awesome! Have a well earned relaxing weekend!

  • Sandra Fikes May 29, 2009 @ 16:55

    Congrats! You definitely deserve to go enjoy your weekend.

  • Victoria May 29, 2009 @ 16:27

    Damn, I am impressed with your speed Holly. I wish I could write that fast. I bet the story is amazing as well.

  • manic247 May 29, 2009 @ 15:55

    Congrats, thats some impressive speed!!

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  • Paul Bushnell May 29, 2009 @ 15:47

    Hey Holly, which voice files do you use to do the automatic story reading on your Writer Crash Test videos? It sounds a tiny bit better than those Microsoft natural computer voices and it must save you a lot of time. I’d really like to use it for turning text into audio on my web site. Thanks!

  • Jamie D. May 29, 2009 @ 15:28

    Great job!! Congrats on finishing in plenty of time. 🙂

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