November 8 2011

NaNoWriMo — 7 days in

So, on day 1 I got the free Scrivener download. I decided to use that for my NaNoWriMo month as a good test drive. So far, I really like the software. It seems to fit my style of work fairly well. Being able to easily create pieces of work as thoughts occur and keep them in an organized whole seems beneficial to me. I’m pretty sure I’ll buy a copy when the trial is over.
My word count is at 9525 as of last night. That’s a bit slower than the pace, but I spent quite a bit of time the first couple days gathering some research material. I started the writing with a scene and a bit of background in mind. I’ve now got more background and an underlying plot that seems to hold things together. So, that parts going pretty well also.
Having the 30 day goal of getting out 50,000 words is giving me some incentive to actually do something, so that part is working ok also. I think that I’m seeing that I have a desire to write and then loop back and change things, so the raw cranking out of additional words ever day probably doesn’t fit my preferred style. I’m not sure if that is good or bad. Since I haven’t outputted much fiction in the last twenty years, getting some work modification may not be a bad thing. 😉 Onward!

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  1. By Ian on

    I downloaded Scrivener recently, too, and worked through the tutorial. I’m very impressed with it, and it has many features that appeal to me. I even imported my current project into it as an experiment, but since I have the rest of that project laid out as physical notecards on a physical corkboard, I might have to wait for the next project before I really give Scrivener a fair chance. I think I like to deal with physical pieces of paper– I work better that way.

    1. By Steven Halter (Post author) on

      My desk is littered with post-it notes–so I know what you mean about having real pieces of paper.
      I haven’t used the cork board part of Scrivener much yet although I can see possibilities for it.
      I do like the ease of arranging and rearranging things all in one place. It certainly blows MS Word out of the water.

  2. By EEGiorgi on

    Interesting. I’ve heard so much about Scrivener, now I’m curious to take a look. Keep me posted on how it works for you guys.

    1. By Steven Halter (Post author) on

      Will do! When I get to the end of the month I think I’ll do a whole post on the Scrivener part of the experience.


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