In principle I’d like to do the NaNoWriMo challenge properly but with so many demands on my time and no two days the same it would be extremely doubtful that I could complete it. That sounds like an excuse I know but it isn’t meant to be. At the end of the month even if I managed 10k words it’s better than none. I’m just being realistic. Instead a writing buddy and I have decided to do our own unofficial one with a lower target word count and keeping in regular contact with our achievements or failings. I did a test run with this yesterday (31 Oct) completing 1700 words – A great start and a much longer session than I usually manage.
One of the things that helped was using Scrivener. I discovered Scrivener recently when I was looking for something to help with the planning of my next book. As I don’t write every day, keeping the details of the story and characters fresh in my mind has always proved a real problem. With Scrivener I have all the detail in one place, character images so I can check what colour eyes my character has, or notes about what car he drives. By adding in a couple of lines on each chapter note you can also create a quick reference system to help remind you of the chapter content. I set the chapter target word count at the start of the session and could see the number going up while I wrote, which was really encouraging. I’m discovering new things about the program all the time and last week found that there is also a dictation application included, which means if you’re not a fast typist or suffer from RSI you can still achieve your word count quite quickly (like all dictation software it isn’t perfect).
Scrivener is worth checking out, even if you just use the special free trial while you do NaNoWriMo. Good luck everyone.