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The Last Buttock of Dylan

December 16, 2008

I’m at  69,640 words which means I’ve only written another 6 ks or so since Nanowrimo ended. So much harder to keep the motivation going when the online (whipping/cheering) community has disappeared and when the silly season and all its social obligations has taken over.   I lie. I haven’t been that social. I’ve just been reading instead. (The Host) or watching movies or TV.  And a lot of blog hopping.

So I opened up a program I bought called Write Your Own Novel, which is a novel organisational tool. Haven’t used it much before because I’ve written the last few manuscripts organically and haven’t plotted in advance. But at chapter 20 of Reality Check, I’ve decided that I need to rethink/replot the rest of the novel before I can continue writing.  The alternative for me would be to write the final chapter, then I have something to head towards.

So I’ve started rewriting the outline from scratch, according to what I actually wrote, instead of what I thought I was going to write. (Because these characters all have minds of their own and characters appeared in the story who were never in the outline but are integral to the story).  I’ve also started linking the characters, creating an event summary, and playing with the chart features.

This evening I clicked on the Options button and ‘Generate Title’ to see what alternative titles the computer would come up with. I absolutely cracked up when the program presented me with the title of this post “The Last Buttock of Dylan.”  OMG. That is way too funny, and I wonder what happened to his other buttock.

Some of the titles that it presents have absolutely nothing to do with the story all the words that I have put into the program so far (i.e. blurb, first three chapters and character profiles) but sometimes it throws in character’s names in interesting combinations. Here’s a sample:

Siobhan’s Loathing in the Presence of Dylan.

The Bitterness of Siobhan

The Curse of Kirsty

Luke Radcliffe loves Nettie  (hang on, who the hell is Nettie? she’s not in this book, or Making the Cut)

The Law According to Dylan

Genevieve’s Exit

And some random bizarre ones:

Nobody Needs a Clock

Revenge of the Shiny Hearing Aids

The Casino of Ecstasy

The Strip Club of Pity

The Indian Restaurant of Sorrow

Night of the Manic Videos

Misery after Hair-pieces (that could fit Genevieve!)

The Cinema of Bitterness

Um, I think I’ll stick to “Reality Check” for now.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Mon permalink
    December 17, 2008 10:29 am

    I LOVE The Last Buttock of Dylan! It sounds like a porn film. Lol.

    What a nifty little program. Very cool 🙂

  2. December 17, 2008 11:02 am

    Revenge of the Shiny Hearing Aids…LOL.LOL.LOL!!!!! I’m dying. Those titles are GREAT.

  3. Mon permalink
    December 17, 2008 11:06 am

    Forgot to mention I added your blog to my ‘I Love Your Blog’ list 🙂

  4. December 17, 2008 5:00 pm

    Oh that is a classic, Diane. I agree with you – what happened to the other buttock? LOL . Revenge of The Shiny Hearing Aids, The Strip club of bitterness — oh, my sides are aching.
    Good luck with the program and the writing! 🙂

  5. December 17, 2008 5:27 pm

    LOL Diane, great titles. Seems we have all gone underground at the moment. This is why housework is BAD, it stops you from cheering on your friends while they are trying to write.

  6. dianecurran permalink*
    December 17, 2008 5:31 pm

    Mon, does that mean I’ve got to come up with another 7 blogs I love? Gawd, it was hard enough last time and no-one else did it, except Sandie who was loving blogs anyway.

    Sandie, Housework is not just BAD, it’s PURE EVIL! I want a self-cleaning house.

  7. Karina permalink
    December 20, 2008 5:57 pm

    I would love to set the task for 2009 that you write short stories to match each and every one of those hilarious titles !

  8. dianecurran permalink*
    December 21, 2008 9:41 am

    Ooh, a challenge! I love a challenge, don’t I Sandie?

    OK, Karina, challenge accepted. Besides, I need to write more short stories. The novels take so LONG!

  9. Karina permalink
    December 22, 2008 4:24 pm

    hehehehe – that many short stories would actually make a book ! I look forward to the results in 2009 !

  10. December 24, 2008 6:34 pm

    Where did you get the program? How good is it? Any better than Y-writer?

    Did Samuel Beckett use it for Krapp’s last tape?

    • dianecurran permalink*
      December 24, 2008 6:53 pm

      I got the program a while ago from Officeworks but I had seen a more expensive version available in computer stores. I haven’t played around with Ywriter for a while so I can’t really make a comparision on the two at this point. I probably should have another look at Ywriter as well. (haven’t read a Samuel Beckett for a long time, LOL)

      Thanks for stopping by.

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