NaNo2017 is only 8 weeks away and this time will fly by, so – if you are keen to use Scrivener for NaNo2017 – now is the time to start learning how.
What is NANO?
NaNo, short for NaNoWriMo, is the National Novel Writers Month. Writers all over the world spend the 30 days of November writing the first 50K words of their novel. Some aim higher. 80K. 100K!
The NaNoWriMo website opens its doors in October and then the fun starts. Meanwhile, we have time to plan what to write, and to come to grips with Scrivener.
What is Scrivener?
Scrivener is a sophisticated tool that provides an ideal writing environment. Everything for one project is in one file, and you have the option to compile into a number of formats. It offers a seamless transition from your initial idea to your finished book.
This time in 2015, Scrivener was new to me. As ScrivenerVirgin, I can now lead you through the features that work so well for writers.
What’s on the menu?
In the run up to 1 November, each Tuesday, starting tomorrow, I’ll be publishing a series of blog posts – plus hosting free webinars – to help you to prepare for NaNo2017:
- Creating a new project file and setting up a Story folder
- Creating your cast of Characters
- Deciding on your world: inventing Places
- Using the Corkboard to design the structure of your novel
- Using Label and Status and other metadata features
- Using the Research folder to file the results of your research so you have them to hand when it comes to writing your novel
- Using the Outliner to set Targets for each scene: and to keep track of your progress during NaNoWriMo 2017
For those brand new to Scrivener (or who need a reminder), there will be additional posts (on a Monday) on the basics:
- Managing the Scrivener workspace: the Binder, the Editing pane and the Inspector and all the buttons and bells
- Outlining, using the corkboard
- Metadata (data about data)
- Making yourself accountable – setting targets
- Using the Research folder
Eight weeks of planning – and learning to master Scrivener – without writing a single word!
Simply Scrivener Special (SSS) webinars
The free weekly SSS webinars commence on Tuesday 19 September at noon, and are perfect for those wanting to master Scrivener ahead of this year’s NaNo.
Book your place here.
Not using Scrivener?
If you plan to take part in NaNo2017 but have no intention of using Scrivener, that’s fine. Your choice. But you might like a reminder about how NaNoWriMo works … or, if it’s your first NaNoWriMo, an explanation of what lies ahead.
If so, sign up for the free NaNo2017 Planning and Preparation webinars: Tuesday 10 October at 8pm and Tuesday 17 October at 8pm. Click the link, and choose the date for you – you are welcome to attend both. 60 mins Q&A on all things NaNo.
I am ML (Municipal Liaison!) for the county of Cornwall, and was ML for both Devon and Cornwall for several years, a few years back.
As well as the planning and preparation online sessions, and the usual face-to-face meetings for my region, I offer online support, not just for writers who live in Cornwall but regardless of where you live. I do this through my free NANO webinars:
- KICK-OFF on Tuesday 24 October 2017: 2pm and 8pm BST
- MIDWAY on Wednesday 15 November 2017: 2pm and 8pm GMT
- TGIO (thank goodness it’s over) celebrations on Friday 1 December 2017: 2pm, 8pm GMT
Each webinar lasts about an hour. There is time for a brief presentation on what NaNoWriMo is all about, a walk-through of the NaNoWriMo site, and an opportunity for all questions to be answered.
Places are limited, so please book early.
Join my NANO2017 team
One of the strengths of NaNoWriMo is how much support writers give to each other. Wherever you are in the world, you should join your local NaNoWriMo region and attend face-to-face meetings arranged by your local ML.
And, you could join this online Facebook group for my NaNo2017 team. See you there!
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