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November 1, 8: November is known for turkey, Black Friday sales, not shavingand—since the year —the month when writers try to finally craft the Great American Novel.
What began as a little event in San Francisco in July it moved to November the next year has ballooned into something far more than national.
But consider how you "win" at NaNoWriMo: You have to write a 50,word novel in just 30 days. Stephen King might snap that much off before lunchtime, but the rest of us need encouragement. Take the first step by announcing your novel at NaNoWriMo.
You can build a community of fellow WriMos online and through local events. It will probably be crappy. No, it will definitely be crap-tastic.
Over traditionally published have come from NaNoWriMo. But we can point out some of the absolute best software and apps you can get to make it all a little easier to write, plan, and count all those precious words. Desktop Writing Software There is one primary tool any writer needs first and foremost: Of course, the primo processor in the world is Microsoft Word.
Plus, Word is available for Windows, Mac, and a simplified version for iPadthe latter being "the first app that gets tablet-based word processing right," according to our review.
There is no better tool for word-smithing overall. It happens to work with Microsoft Word documents. Pages can be accessed on the Web via iCloud.
Having both Word and Pages are totally overkill for NaNoWriMo, of course, but chances are you have one of them on hand if you use a computer. Oh, you like overkill? Scrivener is that tool. That includes corkboard outlining, story and script templates, and character files. It also can output books directly to self-publishing services like Amazon Kindle Direct.
Whole books have been written on how to master Scrivener. If you reach your 50, word count, you can buy Scrivener for 50 percent off. On the desktop, it comes with a component to make scripts that meet the Hollywood standard. That iOS version allows writing on the go, even on iPhone—and mobility is a key item for the serious WriMo in this day and age.
It also has tools to make outputting your final novel a breeze if you plan to self-publish. Consider it if you like your apps old-school. New to the game is Bibiscoan open-source tool for Windows and Linux, complete with novel and scene organization, character development tools, even charts to show distribution across the book of where characters and locations and more appear.
For a free tool, its and up-and-comer.
Distraction-Free Writing The above are all examples of power tools for getting words down. To rid yourself of on-screen distractions, there is a breed of full-screen word processors that provide minimal disturbance—nothing appears on the screen except your story.
There are a lot of them, for installation on the desktop or to use on the Web. You can change the look with special themes. Windows users should check out CreaWriter donationwarewhich lets you customize the background image and add musical accompaniment via MP3 files. You can throw a cool background behind it to make it a little less austere like this.
All the tools you need are right online. Google Docs is also available to edit your files via Android or iOS devices. Microsoft Word is also available online, as part of Office Online. Word users who want a mobile option should save docs to OneDrive and try Word for iPad or Android tablets.I rewrote my first novel three times.
The original draft did, as you say, made sense on a general level. Due to my "decision" to write it on notebook paper, I used it . National Novel Writing Month November Ready to Write a Novel? You've come to the right place. Sign Up! Sign in with your account.
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Sep 15, · Writing A Novel in 30 Days – What Happened?! September 15, September 9, ~ Bea Williams As you may be aware, a month or so ago, I was attempting to complete 50, words of a novel, in 30 days.