Perhaps the best part of the NaNoWriMo journey, apart from the competition/motivation to write 50,000 words in my novel this month, is the write-in’s; getting to meet other would-be published authors, and writers going through the same journey. Sure, not as much ‘writing’ gets done at a write-in (especially on nights like tonight when a reporter popped in to interview our group of wrimo’s), but the camaraderie is inspiring, and soul-lifting. Writing is often such an isolating occupation when you can find a community of other writers you gotta hang on to them with everything you have. Plus, the write-in’s give me the extra boost of energy to come home and pound out a couple hundred more words. Gotta keep pace with the word count of my fellow wrimo’s!
Also, because of the write-in’s I’ve found some really fun websites and programs that I would never have discovered otherwise, such as:
- Write or Die where you write – or, wait for it . . . die! I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard that if you become distracted and slow down a little pac man type monster comes and starts devouring your words like a toddler who discovered a patch of blueberries. Also, when you’re done you can export your work into email, Dropbox, clipboard, or text file of your choice. It’s not just a waste of time, honest!
- Scrivener where you can organize all your writing into one place, research, note cards, chapters, outlines, the actual manuscript, everything in one place. I’m so excited about this application, I just wish I had discovered it a long time ago. As it is, it will take a lot of time to figure out all its uses and features so I am holding off on transferring everything over there until after November. Time is too precious to waste, even on awesome programs like Scrivener.
What are your favorite writing websites/applications/programs? Not that I need anything more to keep me from procrastinating on my word count . . . .
P.S. Total word count is now at 13, 615 words. Boo-ya! Hopefully by the end of the this weekend it will be more than double if I actually decide to participate in the veterans day 11,000 word weekend challenge. Phew. Just writing that made me tired.