So far, I am really happy with how my novel is going. As of this posting, I have just under 5,500 words. I still have to meet my word count goal for today, but I’ve been trying to get some reading in for school and reviews, so I haven’t started yet. Also, my lovely sister was kind enough to give me her cold, so I’ve been feverish and achy all day. Which really speeds up the writing process. (Note the sarcasm.) At least it’s finally cold outside in Southern California. And by “cold,” I mean seventy degrees. This time of year always really makes me miss Boston and it’s lovely fall weather.
As I mentioned, I am really pleased with my NaNoWriMo experience thus far. The novel I’m working on is actually something I’ve tried to write several times before (with different POVs and settings), but I always got stuck on the same scene for some reason. Yesterday, I finished that scene! And I’m extremely satisfied with where it ended up. Go me! Anyway, today’s challenge is getting past that scene, which is proving to be harder than I thought. But, overall, I have very good feelings about this draft. It’s by no means even close to perfect, but I’m getting it all on paper (digitally), which is a huge accomplishment for me. My goal for NaNo is to get a first draft completed, because it’s something I’ve never been able to do before. Thankfully, the word count thing seems to be repressing my inner compulsive editor, so I think setting word count goals might be the key to me actually finishing. And even if that’s the only thing I get out of this experience, I’ll be happy.
Today, I thought I’d share a few things that have been working for me over the past few days. You might have already heard of Scrivener (they’re actually a NaNo sponsor), but if you haven’t, you should. It’s an amazing writing program that is really helping me keep my book organized. It even allows me to create digital cork boards for each character where I can pin inspiration pics, quotes, words, etc. I bought the program about a year ago, and have been using it for a while, but I’ve really been loving it the past few days. One of my favorite features is that you can set word count goals for your overall project and for each writing session or chapter, so it’s really easy to keep track of your progress. So if you haven’t already, I highly recommend looking into Scrivener. (They’re in no way sponsoring me, I just really love it.)
And finally, I decided to transfer my NaNo playlist over to Spotify, so I could share it with all of you, because I’ve been really loving it lately. Click the link above to check it out – it’s kind of a weird mix, but it’s all of the songs I like listening to while I write. You can share your favorite writing music in the comments – I’d love to hear your suggestions!
And if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year, add me as a writing buddy! My username is stephma.