Friday, February 4, 2011

Planning Blog Posts with OneNote

For the next few weeks, my short story Saturday segment will focus on a short story that I wrote a few years ago. It’s over 5,000 words long so I’m gonna break it up over the next 4 or 5 weeks. I don’t want the posts to get too long, unless you, my readers, think otherwise. (Of course, I will continue with Quintina’s and Cortez’s story at a later date.)

“To Serve and Protect” is a story that falls into the mainstream/women’s fiction genre even though it is a mixture of drama and romance. The main character, Shanell Parker, is a woman whose perfect world is turned upside down when her husband, Carlos, snaps. The officer that responded, Jeremy Wilkins, and Shanell become friends and more until she decides to give her marriage another try. After a failed reconciliation, Shanell’s leaves for good and rekindles her romance with Jeremy.

To assist me in dividing the parts of the story into “bite-sized” blog posts, I am using Microsoft OneNote.

This is my first time using this software, so I’m still trying to get the hang of it. I plan on dividing “To Serve and Protect” into five parts. Since the story is already written, it’s just a matter of deciding where to stop the story Saturday and where to pick up next week.

As you can see, the first page is my summary. “Part One” and so on, will be the various blog posts. I haven't settled on the titles for each part yet, which is why I don’t have them on the tabs. I plan to use OneNote to work on Her Leftovers as well. For the novel, each tab will be a chapter.

Sometimes I write parts of my stories out of order. Separating the different parts or chapters will make it easier for me to figure out where I want to add a line or even a paragraph. My eyes get kind of crossed trying to figure that out in Word. I like this program because I can save it as a Word document or a PDF once I’m finished or as I go along.

OneNote does a lot of cool and fancy things that I haven’t figured out how to do yet. Believe me, I will.


Brooks J. said...

Excellent job! Try stopping the story on the blog at 'cliff hangers' leave your readers wanting more.

Susie McCray said...

I plan to. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers. Thanks for stopping by.