On surviving the first week of NaNoWriMo

I like to keep this nearby, as a reminder that it’s TOTALLY possible to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

Today marks the 5th day of NaNoWriMo. If you don’t know what that is, just follow the link.

I’m starting off today ahead of schedule. I’m aiming to go a little bit above my daily word count goal (1,667) each day, and I hope to stay ahead of the game. I won in 2010, lost in 2011, and I’m determined for another win.

One thing that’s a little different this year, is that I’m using Scrivener to write. I got a free 30 day trial just for being a participant of NaNoWriMo. I’ve already imported the first 30,000 words of Finding Agnes to the writing studio, and I think I’m kind of in love.

I love that I can organize the scenes I’ve written in any order I want. For now, I’m trying to stick to chronological order. But I think the final draft will actually be much different. Scrivener has this fantastic “cork board” feature that I think is fantastic. It takes each of the scenes that I’ve written and gives them each a digital index card. I can put a short synopsis of the scene on the card, and shuffle them around on this board to figure out where everything can go in the end. Right now, it’s helpful because I can look at this cork board to see what pieces of the story are missing.

I had once started something similar, except on a real cork board. I soon lost interest, and now that pile of index cards is sitting in a drawer somewhere and the cork board has been occupied by other random items.

The full-screen writing aspect is nice. They say it’s for “distraction free” writing, but if it were truly distraction free, it would turn off my internet, silence my phone, and hire a sitter for my kid. But still, it’s a nice feature that keeps me away from noticing all the updates on Facebook or how there’s unread messages in my e-mail inbox.

I love the digital aspect of Scrivener. As much as I still enjoy writing with pen and paper, I am very much a digital girl. I type faster than I write. I communicate more via text, email, Facebook, Twitter, and blogging than any other form of communication. As much as I want to be a hipster writer who uses pen and paper and typewriter, I have to accept that this is who I am. I love computers. I love digital media. I love social media. I love the Internet. I love that there are applications available to sync with my iPhone (though I just learned about that about five minutes ago…about to go check it out when I finish this post).

Scrivener was made for someone like me.

And now I have to win NaNoWriMo, if only to get 50% off the full Scrivener software!


I received a free 30-day trial of Scrivener software for participating in NaNoWriMo. This post is not sponsored or endorsed in any way by the creators of Scrivener. I’m not being paid for my opinion. I’m just giving it because I think it’s just a great product. All winners of NaNoWriMo can purchase Scrivener for 50% off, which I will be taking advantage of if I can hammer out those 50,000 words in 30 days.

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