Sunday, 30 November 2014

Scrivener Review

The final day of NaNoWriMo for many of us is here. I finished and hit my goal, which was one million words, ages ago. And because I finished, I wanted to jump into editing! However, looking back on the painful typos, gaping plot holes, and all the other problematic issues, I would have sooner walked on hot coal. In addition, I didn't want to play around with the NaNoWriMo draft that I had worked so hard on.
That was when I decided to buy Scrivener. For the winners of NaNoWriMo, you can get a 50% voucher I think, and participants can get 25%. I didn't want to wait -- I'm far too lazy.

Monday, 24 November 2014

How I wrote 1 MILLION Words [NaNoWriMo WordBoosters, Tips and Tricks]

Recently, I hit 1million words on my NaNoWriMo novel. That's a huge ton of words. 33,333 words a day, if I did it over the course of 30 days. I did it over the course of 21. Since I maxed out the wordcount, and hit that million, people have asked me "how did you do it". Some have asked how long it took, or how fast I type, or how much time I have spare a day. Some people ask how the holy heck did I get my one plot to last that long.
There's a simple trick, really. Here is an email I just sent out about it.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Finding Time to Write - NaNoWriMo Tips & Tricks

Actually, I just got a lovely message about my blog. This post was in the works anyway but wasn't due to come out until Saturday. However, the person in question said he found it hard to find time to write, for NaNoWriMo. I hit 400k today, and am personally going for the million words. Awe-inspiring? Apparently. Hard? Yes.
Writing a million, or a thousand, or fifty thousand, is hard work. And getting the words out of your noggin' and onto the page might be easier for some. I can just type freely, and the words always seem to make sense, so I can't say much about getting over that (I do get writers block rarely, I'll do a post about it this weekend), but I can help people with writing faster, silencing the inner editor or critic, and planning, and finding time to write.

Monday, 3 November 2014

How to Silence Your Inner Editor - NaNoWriMo Tips & Hints!

Third post in a row about NaNoWriMo, I know. But with good reason! It is DAY THREE (well done you fierce warriors, you made it past the 48 hour mark) and some people are starting to give up already! Don't worry guys, because I know why. You either a. are losing hope; b. have already started editing, or c. can't see the point. This post will help with point B - silencing that bloody editor that just won't shut up.
Calm down, tell him or her to take a month long break, get a fresh cup of coffee and start writing. Editing in NaNo either happens as people go along or in chunks. some people refuse to write anything below par. Well the point of NaNo is to spew words onto the page, it doesn't even matter if they make remote sense to anyone other than you (heck, if it helps, it doesn't need to make sense to you, either!).

Sunday, 2 November 2014

How I Wrote A Novel in A DAY - NaNoWriMo Tips, Tricks, and WordBoosters

It's November. For a large majority of creatives, that hearkens the start of NaNoWriMo. And some of us like to get a huge headstart within the first few days. Some of us even complete our novels on day one! I, am one of those people.
Every year I am a a pantser, no questions asked. But my last post described how pantsers can plan just a tiny amount and know everything about their story. That's where this post builds on that - this is the master guide to writing an entire book in a day, even if NaNoWriMo isn't your thing.


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