Mission: First Draft, nearly completed.
So happy to report that THE FORETOLD is almost done (first draft). I was supposed to have it finish so that I could use the CreateSpace code but I was told that you had to upload it early so they can approve it and I did not.
Anyway, I’m excited about finishing and can’t wait to finish the last few scenes. Surprisingly it hasn’t been a long process compared to writing this and my other novels or longer works.
The difference in this novella and all my other long pieces of work is that I let myself have fun instead of letting my habit take over, (check out my blog post on Perfectionist & Writing). And I found some awesome software to use.
I first started using Write or Die during Camp NaNoWriMo after someone mentioned it on one of the NaNoWriMo forums. If you haven’t used it before, it’s an online site that gives you a space to write for a set time with a chosen word count goal. The trick and twist with this little program is that there are punishments for not writing during the allotted time. Depending on the difficulty you pick those punishments range from a flash red screen to an extreme of deleting letters every time you stop writing. It’s great for staying on track, focus, and pushing yourself to just write.
If I had not found this site I probably would not have finished Camp NaNoWriMo. I recommend it.
Another site I recommend is Scrivener another helpful writer program.
I got this using the code after winning NaNoWriMo, and at first I was skeptical in using it. The reason I wanted to try it in the first place was because I knew it would keep me organized. And it did. This is what I’m currently using now to finish The Foretold novella. I love it.
I have a habit of getting distracted and bored easily, drafting on Word worked but I got bored of looking at the same boring screen. Scrivener makes me feel like I’m doing something new because I come to a new text page. I also can work in full screen mode which keeps from getting distracted.
It is easy to navigate through my work with just a click of a button.
It feels big, a lot freer, and cleaner than having it all jumbled up on Word. I found the program useful.
Fourth of July break starts Thursday so I’m hoping by the end of this week to have draft one of THE FOREOLD NOVELLA done and out of my hair. I’m always looking for new ways to help my writing process, if you know any comment below.