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Day #6 – Tools of the Writing Trade

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Today’s tools for writing are far more advanced than a simple pen or pencil that was once used to crank out thousands of words per day.  Truth be told… there are some folks who still prefer the OLD way.  But there are those of us who gladly bypass the stone age and embrace technology as the gift that it is!! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you…technology gods!  *she gets off her knees* The computer is the best thing since…TV!  …and the internet is a function thereof.

Now that we’ve established that one of today’s essential tools of the trade is a computer.  What is a computer without software?  It’s software that makes your computer shine!  That’s right!  Software can either make or break you.  You can use a program like Word pad or you can use a more powerful program like NeoOffice.  One allows you to type words which is great yet, the other allows you to manipulate those words on the page in ways novelists of the past could only dream about. So…What’s on your desktop?

With this in mind I searched for some software to help make this month a lot easier? Well…there are quite a few nd here are a few suggestions from the forums at nanowrimo.

the following is a little compilation I’ve put together to help make life easier for you:

Here Novel 386 gives a list of the perks including software!

Scrivener Review – for Mac users like me (from literatureandlatte)

Storyist – if you’re in the market for a Kindle.  You may want to participate.

Storymillforum, and another review from macupdate.

FastPencil – I think this one is for PC.  You can use software for free… It’s got a $400 or more pricetag attached to it when it’s time to publish.  If you’re a serious writer it may be worth it.  Another review.

I’m a Mac user so these may be Mac slanted.  I hope you will find these useful.

Publishing/Proof Copies:

CreatesSpace – more on create space, and a little more.

Lulu – vs chart vs createspace.

Guides:

FREE Indie Author Guide by April Hamilton.  Visit her blog too.  It’s got good stuff.

Here’s a grab bag of sites that discuss tools you can use for helping with your success during nanowrimo!

top 5 tools for Success, Handy Tools, Tools and Tips Hodge Podge of Stuff, and finally an article from deviant art !

Oh yeah and CALENDARS!!!

I think that’s enough for now.  Let me know what tools you choose or have chosen!


My NanoWriMo Update

Yesterday’s success was a surprise.  I’m still not happy with the way the story is going but I’m happy that I’m cranking out the words.   I’m not doing 10K words a day…that just hasn’t happened but its been heard of.  I’ll save my comment on those over achievers for another post.

OK…Here’s the update.

Day 1 = FAIL 0 words

Day 2 = Succes = 4,257

Day 3 = Success = 2,269

Day 4 = FAIL = 976!

Day 5 = SUCCESS = 2376

Day 6 = I will always predict success!!! 😉 it keeps me smiling.  Stay tuned…

Today’s Motivation Tip: You can get a FREE copy of your novel’s first draft if you suceed!!! That means all the not so perfectly written plots and not so well thought out characters can be yours…in print…for free! (I hope that was more motivation for YOU than it was for ME).

Today’s Procrastination Tip: If you have to take some time away from your writing and mellow out.  Research some of the tools of the trade.  Share them if you like…we’ll be right here.

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November 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Day #4 – No Plot No Problem? Making the Commitment to your plot during NanoWriMo

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Day #4 of National Novel Writing Month

The confession: I have never done anything for 30 days straight (other than school, even then you skip days).  So, this will indeed be an interesting experience and a test of my sheer will power and diligence.  I tried photography blipping for 30 days….there was always something that came up.  So of course the question is.  Will my plot hold out even if I can?

Here’s the other challenge. What about if you don’t like where your story or plot is going.  Well according to the Procrastination station at novowrimo.org, you are not suppose to scrap it, you are not even really suppose to care.  Write whatever comes to mind get it down on paper and the rest…you save that for December.  In the meantime…get all 50, 000 words down on paper so it can be counted for and you can say “I won!” at the end of the month with a starting novel all your own and the satisfaction that you’ve made an accomplishment.  Here here!

Yesterday, I hated where I took my story but I plowed through anyway.  I guess every day will be a journey one that you may or may not like.  You may even look back at that day and say today was a waste of time…but it won’t be because it was another day that helped you reach your goal and tomorrow you can’t just write that fugly part into oblivion with a simple twist or turn to your story.  I know that’s what I will be doing.

Word count UPDATE: Coming sometime between now and midnight.  If yesterday was any indication…it will be midnight.  But, I’m hoping…NOT!

Day 1 = FAIL 0 words

Day 2 = Succes = 4,257

Day 3 = Success = 2,269

Day 4 = FAIL = 976!

Fail? Maybe. But, I am closer to my goal than I was yesterday.  Again, packing too much into a day.  I didn’t get done what I wanted but tomorrow is another day for …SUCCESS.

Motivation: You can DO This.  Just Hunker down.  DO NOT Edit!

Procrastination: Stay Away!  But, if you find your mind wandering. Try a little literary humor to take your mind off of things and then get back to it!  I just ran across inkygirl.com and I love her art and her humor.

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November 4, 2009 at 6:03 am

Day #3 of National Novel Writing Month – My Plot for NanoWriMo

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Ok. quick  for all you math whizzes out there…what’s 6,518 – 4,257.  That’s my word count for the day!  So…

Day 1 = FAIL

Day 2 = Success! 4,257

Day 3 = Success! 2,269  – I didn’t think I’d made it! lol!

The challenge today?  I waited too long to write,  got up too early (4AM), had too much other stuff to do and almost didn’t get my writing in because while I was typing I fell asleep.  I asked if anyone had the secret to could add more hours to the day.   I didn’t ask if they had any way to stay up if I got those extra hours.  Hmmm…be careful what you wish for.

Ok.  I promised thanks to Thomas that I’d fill you guys in on the plot:  Some of you may think its corny but I decided to go with humor and romance.  Why because it was light hearted and i hadn’t thought as much as I had thought about other topics.  It is also a malleable subject and I’m all about fun and creativity.  So…this will be my first.

My plot:  Jenna is young 30 something female living in New York who just go out of a bad 3 year relationship with “Guy.”   She is heartbroken and depressed.   This is not just about Jenna.   The plot is about a group of cooky friends who decide to take the matter of fate into their own hands.  They are friends who are fed up with the status quo and the lack of date worthy men who show up at their doorstep.  These disgruntled beauties and their pal scour the streets of New York in order to find them a man.  The secret to success? Find a man you can “rehab”  and help them get back on their feet.  Yes…they go get homeless guys fix them up and date them.  This is the best thing sliced bread.  The rehabees can’t help but be grateful and cater to their every need…right?  Of course, that’s what they think.

So what do you think? Sound fun enough?

Here’s to Motivation and kicking procrastination in its butt …although today…I’ve had my share of both.  No one procrastinates better than me. I can make 8 hours disappear like it was nothing and have absolutely nothing to show for it.  I’m a pro.  If you need any advice on HOW to procrastinate I can give it to you.  In the meantime I’m going to stay highly motivated and I hope you do too.

Now is there anyone out there willing to share their plot as well I’d love to hear.

It’s past midnight…oh no not again!

You can buddy me at:  here!

Thanks again Thomas for the reminder.

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November 4, 2009 at 5:31 am

Day 2: National Novel Writing Month – Budding Writer

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Budding Writer - Photograph by Dyi

Budding Writer - Photograph by Motivated Procrastinator

Day 1 = Fail!!! I did not write ONE word!  Not one iota.  Why you ask?  Because I couldn’t decide on a topic.  I started THIS blog. I perused forums.  I looked for a mentor and…nothing.  I didn’t find a mentor.  I DID finally, in the 11th hour find some help on choosing a topic.  I’ll have to thanks to catnmus.  Catnmus told me which idea I had sounded best and I went with it.  That’s what I needed…sound direction!

Shout outs to: susabelle, R. Dan Henry, Nadiab, and BethTH.  All these guys had some good advice and helped me on my way. Thanks guys!

My story: I’m contemplating putting excerpts or daily updates from my book.  If anyone’s interested in reading an on-going novel…let me know and I’ll definitely make it happen.

So I’ll keep a running journal of my National Novel Writing Month Daily Total Words!  (does that make sense?)

Day 1: FAIL!! = 0 Word Count

Day 2: SUCCESS!! = 4275 Word Count +

UPDATE: Thanks to Write or Die for the Word Count Widget!!! (check side bar)