It's a coffee coloured world

January 9, 2010

Me again.

Filed under: Uncategorized — coffeegirl88 @ 12:47 pm

Two posts in one week, hope you guys can stand the excitement.  Yeah, I’m slow to get back to this.

So today’s adventure is index cards.  Yup.  Purple index cards.  What?  You expected me to use regular white ones when there’s a rainbow of options?  Silly people.  This story is in a purple binder, I’m using purple post-its, and purple index cards.  Do you think a purple pen would be overkill?

Index cards.  I’ve been struggling with the particular story, “The Devil You Know,”  for a while now.  Part of it is because it’s the darkest story I’ve ever written.  The rest of my problem is just trying to get the story structure down.  I have that problem with every story by the way and I’m struggling to find a book/blog/whatever that explains it in simple English.  I’ve been reading through my story notes and I like a lot of what I have but it’s spread out all over the place, so index cards.  I’m going to put each scene on an index card and write them.  In no particular order.  Oh yeah, I’m really throwing caution to the wind on this one.  Well, maybe not because I rarely write a story completely in order. 

That’s one of the plans I have for the weekend.  I still need to update “On The Way Down” with the couple of pages of  notes I’ve made then print a new copy, one with the page breaks so I can move pages around easier.  Yeah and before someone suggests I could do this on the computer I know I could but I’m old school.  I like working with paper.



  1. So glad the story is coming along. Stick to the purple and of course you should use a purple pen. Preferably with sparkles!

    My first story wasn’t really dark, but I’m on my third now and it’s getting into dark territory, so I know how that goes. . .

    Counting the days until spring. . .

    Comment by Melina — January 9, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

  2. Good thing you tacked on that last statement, because I was about to suggest some programs you could try. Silly me, I should know better by now. 😉

    I don’t write in order either, and I struggle with structure as well, so index cards have been a lifesaver for me, except I use the virtual ones on Scrivener, and I can make them any color I want.

    Okay, girlie, you’ve helped encourage me to get back in the groove with my own blog. I’m going to try and post today. No … I take that back. I WILL post today. I hope. Never mind … we’ll just see what happens.

    Comment by kimberlyfoley — January 10, 2010 @ 10:12 am

  3. I did break out the purple pen, not sparkly this time as I’m not sure where those pens are . . . or if I still have any. I’m trying to use up pens for a little before I buy more. Yeah go ahead and laugh. I did realize that I have purple paper too, if I choose to go that route.

    So Kim, you’ll blog today yes? Your poor little blog is probably feeling very neglected by now. I know my other blog was, I posted once last year to it.

    I definitely feel more connected when I blog and it’s my goal this year is to keep them both up, blogging at least once a month (hopefully more). I mean, this is the public face of me for the time being so I need to represent myself a little more.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — January 10, 2010 @ 10:59 am

  4. I’m with Kim. I adore Scrivener. I don’t write in order but I do obsess over the virtual index cards. Which could just be a way of stalling, who knows. But it does help me to have things mapped out. Makes it less scary.

    Comment by Melina — January 10, 2010 @ 11:43 am

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