Week Two of NaNoWriMo

Is a picture worth a thousand words? If so, here’s mine.NaNoWriMoChartToday is the ninth day of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Throughout the world people have pledged to write 50,000 words and hopefully have a complete novel by month’s end.  I have made the pledge and as of 1:00 today I am halfway to my goal and earned all of the awards available. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  1. You know those people who talk about Friends or General Hospital as though they were just out with the show’s characters the night before? Yeah, well that’s me. Only problem.  No one else knows my fictional characters; and perhaps no one else ever will. But they are part of my life to the point that I can’t sleep at night.
  2. There are times I read my work and I’m floating on air. Action, scene, setting, characters: they’re all coming together.  Then I take a break and if I make the mistake of reading a published work, all of the insecurities shower down, reminding me of how shallow and undeveloped my work is. During NaNoWriMo month, there is no time to feel sorry for myself. I have to just keep on putting words on paper and get over that whole ‘I’m not good enough’ stuff.

For those of you who are checking in to find out about Scrivener, here’s my latest findings.

  1. Scrivener doesn’t play well with McAfee (or vice versa). If McAfee’s virus scan is running in the background, Scrivener has to battle for keyboard strokes.  Twice now, I’ve had to turn the scan off so that I can write.
  2. The compile feature is functional and easy to use.  Every day I compile what I’ve written in “NaNoWriMo” format. This format changes every word in the document so that it cannot be read, while maintaining the word count. I can then copy and paste my novel into the NaNoWriMo site and get a word count.
  3. Back-up is easy and efficient.
  4. Sometimes when I’m typing, my cursor will jump off of the page I am writing and into the Doucment’s notes area.  Then I have to click back into the scene to start again.
  5. I’m still missing my letter ‘A’ in many of my scenes (see my Weekly Brief to discover why). It’s going to be a while before I fix them all.

That’s all folks. I’ve gotta run, because Brigit and Avery are having an argument, and Clare needs to use the computer.

Oh, wait.  You don’t know who I’m talking about, do you?

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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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2 Responses to Week Two of NaNoWriMo

  1. Congratulations on hitting the halfway point! I’m hoping to be there tomorrow, myself! Also, I entirely understand what you mean about talking about your fictional characters like they are real people. My husband has been reading my manuscript along with me, and we’ll have conversations about them that friends or family will overhear, and then we’ll have to explain who these random people are. I must admit, I do love it, though! Best of luck with the rest of NaNo!

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