Day 2 – Scrivener

Two days in and all seems fresh and full of potential. I did have trouble getting started today. Not serious trouble. Once I decided it was time, I buckled down and just did it. But I certainly didn’t wake up feeling that I knew exactly what I would be writing today.

I’ll let you know when that day comes.

I worked on the Pitch again. It’s getting closer. Still not ready to post it on the Nanowrimo site, but I’m happier with it. It’s a good exercise. I feel that I’m narrowing in on the crux of the plot. Try it if you haven’t already.

I posted the Scrivener logo on this post because that’s what I’m using to write my novel this time. I had the software on my old Apple laptop and I used it anytime I wrote on the Apple which wasn’t that often. I liked it, but it didn’t work that well for me since my desktop is Windows and at that point, they didn’t have Scrivener for Windows. Well, now they do! So far, I love it. I did all my planning: notes, character sketches, research bits and pieces, outlining (what there was of it) during the summer and early fall. And now that I’m finally actually writing, it’s all there. I can flip back and forth easily between the character notes and the writing or put it in note card view to see at a glance what’s going on and why. Here’s a screen shot of the cork board of the first chapter.

That floating window is a list of all the keywords. Once things get really complicated, I’m going to be happy to have those available when I want to find out what the heck I named that character or that giant tree. Things get lost in novels, especially when you are writing fast. The more you can do to organize the information as you’re going along, the more likely you’ll be to edit that baby later.

Scrivener might help you too.

  3 comments for “Day 2 – Scrivener

    • ethel clark
      January 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Nancy, is Scrivener a download that costs much??

      • January 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        Hi Ethel, I think it’s around $35 or $40 to buy. Can’t remember exactly. But there’s a free trial download so you can check it out first. You should definitely do that, because not everyone likes it as well as I do. 🙂 Click on the picture to go to their site.

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