Coming up on halfway through NaNo and I’m doing my best to keep the pace going! I went to bed early a couple nights and my early lead slid back to the daily word count goal. I’m at 15.5K words and still going.
Aside from the fun premise and my excitement for the idea, I have Scrivener to thank for the way it has fundamentally changed the way I write. I’ve had to abandon so many ideas and stories because I thought I had to write things in a linear way, and if I wrote just the “good bits” without knowing how they would eventually connect, then I was a hack who couldn’t put a story together to save her life.
Then last year, just before NaNo, one of the folks in my local chapter told me that Scrivener was a free download during November and there was a discount on it after NaNo was over. I’d heard good things about it back when I was in Philly, but I was still thinking that writing had to be linear and didn’t see anything good about arranging scenes. They should already be arranged, right? When you write the story.
Things had changed. My life had changed. The way I accessed my creativity had changed. Why not give it a shot this year?
I was setting up scene “cards” on my virtual corkboard and would choose whichever one I wanted to write during word sprints, writing all over my timeline as the inspiration struck me. If I made a mistake in continuity? I could fix it later. This was just a first draft anyway.
JUST A FIRST DRAFT.
I know that a lot of this is because my life changed so much in a few short years, and all of the things that were going so turbulently wrong (and thus my creative things I did for fun had to be RIGHT) were gone or made right again. But Scrivener and NaNo certainly helped frame my new outlook with exactly the right things that I needed.
That’s why I hope to do NaNo every year from now on. And I’m definitely aiming to win it again for the second year in a row.
Wish me words!