More NaNo Stuff
Subtitled: Content? What Content?
I keep meaning to do WiBs, but they take a LOT of time, sometimes more than recaps, and time is something I’ve been lacking lately. Health is the another something. It’s 1:45, I’ve got fifteen minutes left at lunch, and I should be working on NaNo but I just crashed bad. Every time I feel exhausted I say “It’s mono!” Every time I feel winded because I, IDK, walked or something, I say “It’s walking pneumonia!” I wish the doctor’s office would call me back.
But yeah, I bring my laptop to work now so I can get some NaNo done, which is best when no one’s in the room with me. Otherwise, I can still knock out a few hundred words, but it feels kind of awkward. I just finished my second chapter, bringing my word count up to 13,676. According to my calendar, I should be rounding 20K right now. It’s a little disheartening.
However, the sense of finishing the second chapter, rather than just hitting 13,676 words, is satisfying. I’m writing a little differently this year. Instead of using my beloved Write or Die, which will LITERALLY DELETE YOUR WORDS IF YOU DON’T KEEP TYPING*, I’m using Scrivener. (*You can set it so it just turns red, or loud sounds go off, or something. But I gotta say, the possibility of deleted words will keep you on your toes.) I am probably only skimming the surface of what Scrivener can do, but so far it’s really helping. I have the first six chapters plotted out scene by scene, but if I need to add a scene that’s no problem at all. I LOVE the corkboard. It’s just so pretty. I am giving some serious thought to buying this program when my trial is over. (And the trial goes by how many days you’ve used it, which is AWESOME. But I think I’ve said that before.) Instead of being very stream-of-consciousness with my writing, I’m about a zillion times more structured, and I’m really enjoying it. No outline has ever been as exact for me as this one, because I loathe erasing or crossing out, and keeping track of index cards, so while I used them to set everything up I definitely love having them digitally as well. The computer’s handwriting is better, too.
I begin Chapter 3 tonight and I’m super pleased with myself, even if I am behind. Because I know all I have to do is fill in the scenes with people doing things, and ta-da! I progress.
Definitely giving a lot of thought to asking for Scrivener for Christmas.
PS I remembered what I wrote the year before last. It was superheroes too.