- NaNoWriMo Fun Fact: Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, a book on my Gold Medal list, was drafted during a NaNoWriMo month.
- I’m cruising with 12,156 words written. My badges earned are shown in this graphic:
- 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:
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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?