NaNoWriMo is almost here! Less than 24hrs before writing can commence on my NaNoNovel. I have had so much fun following along with October’s Preptober Challenge. Thank you all for following along with me! I hope you will continue to follow me through my NaNoWriMo journey and wish me luck in completing the 50K words this coming month! I will be posting about my NaNoWriMo experience at the end of each week as well as updating what I did and did not use from my NaNoWriMo Survival kit!
I guess I should have paid more attention to my Preptober Challenge! October 28th was favorite sentences, not another check-in. Oh well, I hope you all can forgive a small mistake on my part and accept this post as my redo for Preptober Day 28.
Four weeks have gone by fast. I’ve really enjoyed this challenge so far and I’m almost sad to see it coming to a close. This fourth week I’ve spent finalizing my outline and of course following up on the daily challenges. I’m excited to get to start writing soon and I hope those of you who have followed me through Preptober will continue to do so during the month of November and beyond!
When it comes to my writing software, I am pretty basic. I’ve tried lots of different things, but I think I’ve found a reliable system for my writing process.
What software/apps work for me?
Microsoft Word, Scrivener, and Grammarly
I use Microsoft Word for brain dumps of my scenes. Once I’ve gotten to a stopping point I run the brain dump through Grammarly to catch any significant errors before transferring them to Scrivener. Scrivener is where I do all of my outlining and plot construction. I know there is probably a better way of doing things so I’m not jumping from program to program with my work, but this is what works best for me. Also seeing my writing in three different processes helps me get fresh eyes on things so I can make better self-edits along the way.
What I’ve tried but didn’t work?
Microsoft Word Mobile, Microsoft One Note, Evernote
What I have come to realize is that I am not a mobile note app kind of person. OneNote and EverNote just didn’t cut it for me even for jotting down quick ideas while on the go. I much prefer pen and paper for that, and I usually have my planner or notebook handy in my purse when need be. It’s also a lot harder for me to brain dump on my phone or tablet, something about the keyboard throws me off and I end up with lots of stray letters that render any work almost unsalvagable. Not to mention that dealing with cloud storage of my documents didn’t work so well if I forgot to save my computer draft to the cloud so I could access it on mobile or vice versa.
It looked really cool, but honestly, for me, it was just a fancier and slightly more complicated organization tool that I already had in Scrivener. I also got fed up with remembering when it would autosave and when I had to manually save information before switching tabs. I found myself reentering a lot of data because of that confusion. I’m sure if I had stuck with it; I may have figured it out. It could have been a great resource and probably is for other people. Just not me.
Focus. What is my focus? My focus is to write, write, and write somore until I’ve reached that 50K goal. What am I focusing on in my novel? Keeping it streamlined and not a giant tome of random tangents.
Tuesday? It’s actually Thursday but I’ll just roll with it because typos…lol. I haven’t started writing anything yet so I don’t have much to tease about my NaNoNovel. Instead, I will just leave you with a pic that conveys a little something about the plot.
I usually wait to reward myself for meeting big goals, like finishing a novel. With such a crazy undertaking I’ve decided to treat myself to a Snickers bar for meeting each of my weekly writing goals. After NaNoWriMo, I will be rewarding myself with about a metric ton of ice cream and a bottle of my favorite wine.
World building is going to be pretty important to my novel. It’s set in modern times in a mostly urban setting. I also have to create all the lore behind my magic users and build their safe haven. A lot of research and decision making ahead but it will be well worth it in the end.