David Hewson, Linda Fulkerson, NaNoWriMo, On Blogging Well, Scrivener, Writing, writing software
In preparation for NaNoWriMo, I’ve downloaded some new writing software. I find it is always a good idea to try something new right when the results matter — the attempt at a new recipe for a houseful at Thanksgiving, or test driving the new bifocals at night — that type of thing. It adds a little zip to my day when catastrophe shifts from unlikely toward possible.
I’m going to try Scrivener, and I’m sure it will be nifty. I’ll complete the tutorial, and organize a few notes, maybe take it for a spin, so I’ll be ready to roll. (Any chance Scrivener comes preloaded with extra words??) The best part? They offer a special NaNoWriMo trial period, then a 50% discount on the software if when you reach your 50,000 word goal. I am looking forward to giving it a 50K ride.
I lurk on an on-line writing group for humor writers, and one of the members posted some great links for Scrivener and the NaNo. Author Linda Fulkerson, a self-proclaimed blog-aholic who writes the wonderful On Blogging Well, shared tips from David Hewson on Scrivener tips and Scrivener and the Mosaic of Writing. All good stuff.
And yes, once again, I am doing a bang-up job at researching the writing process. Good thing I have a deadline this time…
I’m so jealous. A friend showed me Scrivener on his Mac once and I drooled all over his keyboard. (It was unsightly, to be sure.) I rushed home and googled “Scrivener for PCs” and got a bunch of results that said, basically, there is nothing this cool for the PC.
And I love that you’re trying it out for NaNoWriMo. Sounds like something I would do! 😉
Make sure to let us know how you liked the writing software. I tried yWriter on a manuscript once, mainly because it was in my price range. (i.e. free) It was cool how it let me organize the book and keep notes and a list of characters, but when I started my next project I went back to trusty old Word. Familiar is good. Good idea doing the tutorial. I don’t know if the program I tried had one or not… but it probably would have made a difference!
Any idea what you’re going to write? I don’t want you to give away anything important, but maybe you could give us a little teaser?!?