I was going to attempt NaNoWriMo, and got clearance from all three relevant committees: the Work-in-the-Home (aka DIY) Committee, the Leisure Activities (aka Movies) Committee and the Divorce Watchdog.
After spending a couple of days working on the outline for my book, I downloaded and paid for Scrivener for PC (cost, including 23% VAT: €42).
At 11am yesterday (Sunday) I started the 2 hour Scrivener Tutorial. I completed it by 16:30. Four and a half hours for a 2 hour tutorial. That’s got to be a record. Okay, I took a phone call and had a lunch break in there.
Scrivener looks interesting. It was designed for the Mac, but is now also available for the PC. What you get is a screen designed to help you organize your manuscript – whatever type of project it is: Novel, Screenplay, Short story, whatever. If you haven’t tried it, take a look. It has the great advantage that it will output eBook formats directly as well as most of the industry standard file formats (.doc, pdf etc.)
After the tutorial it took me a couple of attempts to import one of my short stories into Scrivener. I then segmented it into “scenes” and went about rearranging these on my “corkboard”. All great fun and highlighted a couple of flaws in the storyline.
As for NaNoWriMo, I’ve decided life’s too short. So it’s NoWayWriMo for me. Maybe next year. (Enough of the hollow laughter)