Today was Day 2 of my own personal NaNoWriMo, which to the rest of the world is National Novel Writing Month, an annual writing challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Of course this isn’t November, I don’t have a month to devote full time, and I already written 100,000 words of this particular novel. But the concept is sound.
Day 2 went well. I’m getting a little nervous about tomorrow, where I’ll hit brand new territory.
A few months back, I switched from using Word to using a writing project management system called Scrivener. I like it because it sets up the book with a project “binder” and all associated information (including research, pictures, web page links, etc.) go into the same place. I like it because I can write each scene as its own file, and when I want to print, all I have to do is designated which files to print and the software will compile it into submission-ready chapters, sequenced and with page numbers and an official word count.
Because I have been focused on writing, I haven’t figured out all the features of Scrivener–for instance, I know I can set a word target for the project and for daily writing, but I haven’t read the online manual yet to figure out how.
And before anyone mentions it, yes, I know the whole thing with organization and numbers is the data girl in me coming out, but in a previous post I discussed how I was both right and left-brained. If I’m going to deny the left-brain the ability to be in super editor mode, then I have to give it something. Besides, I have a spreadsheet that I use to track my word count by day, week, and month….