NaNoWriMo, Scrivener & the Price of My Time

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A TwiFriend (yes I made up that word, Twitter + Friend =TwiFriend) of mine posted something about Scrivener coming to Windows (OMGZ YES I CAN HAZ COOL WRITING TOOLZ).  Now I’ve heard of Scrivener and drooled over it but I loathe Mac (and Apple in general) with a burning hatred that cannot be expressed with mere words. Which is saying something as I am fairly verbose (I know I hide it so well../sarcasm). It’s coming out early 2011 (beta is now if you want, I don’t as I’ve been burned with those kind of betas before) and I’m so excited I’m fairly jumping since I’m severely ADHD and anything that helps rein in my wandering attention is a major plus!

Now if you’ve read that article you’ll have noticed that there’s a neat little clause about those who participate in NaNoWriMo and get their 50,000 will get a 50% coupon…dang. Personally I’ve never participated as NaNoWriMo goes against my style of writing. I edit as I go and get all perfectionist about it so writing solely with an eye on the number of words and focusing on editing after would make me grind my teeth to nubs in my sleep ๐Ÿ˜ฆ However for $20…I’m actually considering trying it out next month (yes, I am that cheap…). I refuse to forsake this blog so it will mean that my other novel works will have to be put on hold during November so that makes me sad, but at least I’ll keep this up and running…just no artwork I’m sure (I stink, obviously, and it takes like forfreakingever to draw anything). I’ll try to keep the quality of the stories up (though I have not been particularly thrilled with them due to my constant sleep deprivation – which I am working on!) since this blog is very important to me.

Now for what I will write, I think one of my existing novel ideas is the best bet as it will keep me the most motivated. Ancients’ Awakening is out (1. because I love it and simply could not spit out the words for it, I’d be compelled to edit it to perfection which is too time consuming and 2. I am already pretty far into it so yeah out of the question) so that leaves Future Cost or The Aberrants, both of which you can find info about along the sidebar there. I’m leaning towards Future Cost currently as it is the most outlined and detailed but I like its concept better than The Aberrants so I’d be more upset if I ‘ruin’ it by writing it all terribly. It might come down to a coin toss. ;P

Anyways, this ramble was mostly to inform everyone about the awesome news for Scrivener and my (possible) participation in NaNoWriMo. That is all. Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚


9 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo, Scrivener & the Price of My Time

  1. For the record, when I said that $20 made it worth my while I meant that I intend to do all of the writing at work so as not to cut into my already over full free time. Though I truly doubt that even if I stick with it that I will actually keep most if any of it. I am no Stephen King and as such I truly doubt the ability to write anything of substance in a mere month. But we shall see, I suppose is the gist of this post. That and I’m that excited about Scrivener!

  2. “I am no Stephen King…”

    Thank goodness you’re not! I could never get into reading his stuffs. This Kiersten writer though, always eager to pick up a new chapter from her. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve never heard of Scriviner before, sounds interesting. As I will also be participating in the NaNoWriMo challenge, this program is worth looking into.


    • Haha yeah, though I admire his ability to churn out novels. I approach writing the same way I approach nearly any project I undertake, with a methodical meticulousness that is, unfortunately, a rather time consuming process.

      Glad to hear you will be participating as well! I guess it’s fairly popular, though I’d only heard of it a year or two ago. Like I said, it goes against my writing style so I never paid it much heed. But as I need something to occupy me at work and I could get $20 out of it, I figure, meh, why not? I’ll probe the true depths of my OCD and see if I can resist the temptation to edit ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Hmm…I was sure you could edit if you needed, provided it still reached the mark.

        For me, 50k words is easy. Structuring the story itself is my bigger challenge. I’ll have to recheck their rules.

        That aside, this is my first NaNoWriMo. I believe Pumyra’s WP blog introduced me to the idea last month. Fun fun.

        Good luck with your story! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I think editing is allowed, it’s just that if I begin editing I won’t stop. The way I write is I write a paragraph, stop reread it and edit. Then reread that paragraph and at least the one before it (to ensure cohesion) and edit it again. Then maybe I’ll go forward. I think I’ll try this more like how I write my blog posts but as it is a novel (and one that I wanted to write with a mind to try and get published) I just think it would be difficult for me to just write without my crazy perfectionist habits. We’ll see.

    Thanks, and good luck with yours as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

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