Wkly Brief – NaNoWriMo and Scrivener

I promised to keep you up-to-date on my progress during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and to let you know what I think about the Scrivener software. So here goes!

  1. NaNoWriMo Fun Fact:  Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, a book on my Gold Medal list, was drafted during a NaNoWriMo month.
  2. I’m cruising with 12,156 words written.  My badges earned are shown in this graphic:NaNoWriMo-Wk1
  3. For those of you thinking about getting Scrivener or another writing tool, here’s my experience so far:
  • Go through the Tutorials. It took me less than two hours and I became very comfortable using the software.
  • I used Scrivener to outline the novel.  The creative process of figuring out the scenes took 5-8 hours (this novel had been in my head for years, so I just had to get it onto paper). The Scrivener Process for setting up the Chapters and Scenes: 2 hours. Now when I sit down to write, I choose a scene, read my writing prompt, and I’m off and running.
  • Careful, careful though. Somehow I deleted every letter ‘a’ in my manuscript (10,000+ words). Some combination of keystrokes that I use regularly in Word or Excel brought up the Find/Replace dialog box, popped an ‘a’ into the Find box and then I must have hit the ‘enter’ key two times.  My sentences wound up looking like this:

n pple   dy keeps the doctor wy

       I got to spend three wonderful hours spent fixing the manuscript.

  • Giving Scrivener credit, in the split second before I hit ‘enter’ a second time, I believe there was a warning box that said, “Do you really want to do this? You cannot Undo it.” Ahhh, but who reads warning messages when you are on a roll?

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About Barbara Rath

Enjoy reading, writing, hiking, hangin' with family, friends and my dogs, watching soccer (Go Breakers), baseball, football. Favorite foods are coffee, chocolate, and artichokes. Always thinking of new stuff to do and then not doing it.
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