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NaNoWriMo

Ack! I must write ALL THE WORDS!

NaNoWriMo

Day 14 of the A to Z Challenge is about National Novel Writing Month! (Click here for a list of all the topics)

As you may already know, I am currently participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. Which is basically the same as NaNoWriMo except I get to choose my own goal (25k words) and I can work on whatever I want (meaning it doesn’t have to be a brand new story which is good since this story already had about 10k words written before April 1st!) So, I am currently writing the rest of the first draft of Obsession. I really hope I can finish by the end of the month, but we shall see!

I first heard about NaNoWriMo on the third or fourth day of November in 2010 and right away started writing a novel. That novel (which only got to be about 25k) will NEVER see the light of day. It was horrible. But it was the furthest I had ever gotten writing a novel, so that was quite an accomplishment even if I didn’t reach 50k.

Since then I have participated every year, but only once have I won and it wasn’t a true win because I was a NaNo Rebel. I wrote back story, short stories, and character sketches for a novel I had started but never finished and managed to reach the goal of 50k words. That was in 2013 while I was also a full-time student. By the end of the month, I was so worn out that I felt like dying yet I then had to start studying for final exams!

I’ve also participated in almost every Camp NaNo since they begun! And I tend to do better with those. This probably has to do with the fact that I can set my own word count goal, but I think it is mostly because of the Cabin system. I have a few people that I am always in a cabin with (if they are participating that month) and we even have a thread on the forums each November for the main event. It is such a great community of people that participate in NaNoWriMo and it truly inspires me to write my butt off.

I don’t think I would have nearly as many incomplete first drafts if it wasn’t for NaNoWriMo! I know that sounds lame… Incomplete drafts… But an incomplete draft is better than no draft at all!

Here is too many more months of literary abandon! And too many more incomplete drafts (and hopefully a few completed ones!)

Scrivener! Ooooh, Wow!

scrivener logoI love Scrivener. Honestly, I do. I have had Scrivener for almost two years now (Two years in October to be exact. Well, not really exact because I don’t know the exact date. Exact.) aaaand I don’t know how I survived without it. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. Anyway, some of you may be asking, what is Scrivener?

Scrivener is a word processor on steroids. (cliche alert!) Instead of all of your writing being in one continuous uncategorized document. Or in multiple documents that get confusing when you have more then one or two open. Scrivener has all of those separate documents in one document except they are still separate, but together. Gooood description, Leetah… Anyway, you have your main ‘draft’ or ‘manuscript’ folder and then folders within that for chapters and then text documents for scenes. You can even make a text document be a folder and hold subscenes. Subscenes? Sure why not.

And on top of all this folder craziness, there is also a folder for your research. Now you can keep it all together within one document so you don’t have to spend hours searching for that one bit of information that you cannot remember where you saved it. And you can view your research at the same time as the document you are working on with the split screen function. Freaking awesome.

There are so many functions that Scrivener offers. And I honestly don’t even use them all, but that is another great thing about it. You don’t have to use every function. You can pick and choose the ones that work for you. For example, I love the ‘Project Targets’ pop up that I keep open at all times to check out my progress toward both my total word count goal and my session word count goal. Others may haaaate seeing how many words they still have left to go. But I hate not knowing!

I even use Scrivener for my website content. I am typing in it right now! I have year/month folders and within those I have my blog posts. I also have a ‘not yet posted’ folder for posts I have gotten ahead on. Or that I have just scribbled down an idea for. I just realized that I have not taken advantage of the research folder for my website content Scrivener document. How silly of me. Note to self: USE THE RESEARCH FOLDER.

scrivener screenshot

I truly believe that Scrivener is an indispensable tool for writers.

What writing tools do you use that you couldn’t imagine writing without?

I Got a Puppy! And Failed Camp NaNoWriMo…

Isla

This is my cute new puppy, Isla! She is a Mini Aussie/Chihuahua cross. Isn’t she the cutest? She is. Buuuut, she is also a tiny devil. A tiny devil that takes up a lot of my time at the moment and caused me to fail Camp NaNoWriMo. But, that is okay because I have a puppy! Did I mention she is cute? Because she is!

On July 17th, my husband and I drove for an hour and a half to choose out a puppy. At first it was a hard choice. They were all so cute! But then I held Isla and instantly fell in love. We had to wait until the 22nd to pick her up as she needed more time with her mommy and to have her first vet appointment and her first shots. It was a hard wait. We just wanted her right away! But it was also good because then we had time to puppy-proof our apartment!

Once we picked her up, she was scared. The car ride home was a long one for her but she eventually fell asleep in my arms. The first few days were full of whining, but once she got used to us and her new surroundings (and the lack of her brothers and sister and mom), she perked right up and became the little psycho she is now. Seriously, she is a psycho! Just watch this video… (I have a few videos of her on my YouTube channel and I will be posting more!)

I was expecting that I was going to be busy with a new puppy, but I was not expecting the effect it would have on my writing. As in, I barely got any writing done at all! I lowered my Camp NaNoWriMo goal 3 times since we got her and I still failed. To fix this issue, my husband went to the pet store last night and bought a puppy pen. Now I can put her in there, with her toys and bed and pee pad, and get some writing done! And chores, of course. But, alas, it came too late for me to finish NaNo and I have failed yet again!

Anyway, it is me and my husband’s 2nd wedding anniversary today (7 years together total!) and I have some stuff to get done before he gets home from work, so I will leave you with another cute puppy picture…

Isla on the Couch

Do you have pets? If so, pleeeease link to pictures or videos in the comments! I would love to see them 🙂

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