Thursday, November 14, 2013

Day 14: November 14, 2013

Writing in Scrivener

This was the lazy way out... I confess.  But today has been so busy and quite frankly this screen capture represents my life better than anything I could have actually photographed today.

I am in the middle of NaNoWriMo - which I described in yesterday's photo of the day.  The idea is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.  But you know what?  Life happens in November just as it does any other month of the year, and that goal is falling behind.  I am currently just shy of 21,000 words and I should be at 25,000.  And the chapters I have outlined will only support about 40,000 words (at my current rate).  So... I have a lot of work to do if I am going to succeed.

The writing program I am using is called Scrivener, a product of Literature and Latte.   The company allows NaNoWriMo users a free version of the program during the month of November and if you succeed in writing your novel, you receive a coupon code to purchase the software at half price.  It is quite a deal and since I managed to "win" my first time (in 2010) I took advantage of the offer.

It is a great program with many features that I have just begun to learn.  However my favorite part of the program is the ability to view the draft in three distinct ways:  an outline form, that shows you a quick synopsis of each chapter including word count; a draft document where you actually write the manuscript; and this wonderful cork board feature that allows you to view the chapters (or scenes or whatever portion you wish) on index cards.  You can rearrange the index cards in any order that suits you, and the corresponding draft documents are rearranged as well.

So anyway... this is the view of my computer screen which I am staring at each and every day this month.  Wish my luck as I continue to plug away...

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