Category Archives: Nanowrimo Tools

Tips And Tools— For the Win

Guide To Dictation by Cindy Grigg

Nanowrimo 2015 – Day 20 – Dictation for the Productive Writer

Dictation: Salvaging Nanowrimo after a wrist fracture September 2015 was my Nanowrimo pre-preparation month.  I knew which story I wanted to write and planned to dedicate October to brainstorming and outlining. Before undertaking planning, I thought I’d take time in September to get all my tools together. I made sure the MacBook was in working condition and that  I had the current Scrivener version.  I double checked my external hard drive, Time Capsule and thumb drives for backups. Initially, I was not sure about diving…

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Nano Report Card

Tracking Your Nanowrimo Progress

Sometimes you need to let your analytic side sing. I accept that my left brain needs a little zing from time to time so, I decided to put it to good use in service of my creative side. Instead of worrying about how my NaNoWriMo novel is shaping up, I let technology help me. You may need to search no further than the NaNoWriMo website.  Other NaNos are all to happy (like me) to share their useful tracking methods throughout the various forums. Spreadsheets—your best bet Circulating…

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NaNoWriMo Soundtracks

Music Playlists: Rock Your Novel to a Beat Is your National Novel Writing Month story epic? Does the hero storm the castle, talisman in hand, lessons learned with an absolute resolve to do or die? Did you hear that? There, in the background. That’s your novel’s soundtrack. What music is playing? Music makes my heart pound and my imagination sour. I know some people find it distracting. Maybe, they just can’t write to music. Maybe, they have never found music that fits the mood their writing calls…

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Scrivener Tips for Writing Your Novel

Scrivener is my jam. Like most, I started creative writing with Microsoft Word. That venerable word processor is still the industry standard but, when it comes to organizing, researching, drafting and revising a novel, Scrivener is hard to top. Scrivener’s origins go back to 2005 when writer and programmer, Keith Blount, offered the beta version in the NaNoWriMo forums. He, since, has formed Literature and Latte with a feature-packed Scrivener as the flagship product and regular NaNo Sponsor.  It truly is a “Complete Writing Studio.” Here…

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