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The morning after the night before!

  • Congratulations to everyone who validated their NANO 2015 novel before the deadline at midnight last night.
  • Congratulations to everyone who took part. Even if you didn’t write 50,000 words, you wrote words – and that means you have the beginnings of a first draft.

Today, I’m hosting three TGIO (Thank God It’s Over) webinars: 2pm, 6pm and 9.30pm. On the agenda:

  • Celebration time
  • What to do after NANO
  • Editing!
  • Self-publishing?

There’s still time for you to sign up if you would like an invite,  click here. They’re free!

Meanwhile …

Now, and I know I said I wouldn’t start editing until February! –  as Step 1 in the revision process, and to mark this milestone, I’m setting the Status of all my scenes as ‘First Draft’.

Status = first draftThere are a few scenes towards the end of my outline, that are still to be written (!). I’m setting the Status for these as ‘To Do’.

Settng status = to doOutline view then provides motivation as to which scenes I might work on next.

Outline viewNotice that the coloured line showing my progress only appears for those scenes for which I set a target. There are a few scenes still needing a target!

Now, going back to my beloved Corkboard view, the Status setting doesn’t show, unless I ask for this option: View / Corkboard Options / Show Status Stamps

View Status

Corkboard Status LabelsAlmost – I don’t warm to the green of the Status stamps. On investigation – a quick trawl through the Scrivener manual to page 118/119 – section 10.1.3 tells me this can’t be changed. I’ll have to contain my need for colour coding to the Labels I assign to my scenes.

Hope you are having as much fun learning about the Scrivener features as I am!

Don’t have Scrivener software yet?

Literature & Latte support NANO and the Scrivener software is available at a discount for NANO winners. There’s a 30-day trial too. Why not download it and follow my postings? You’ll need to go back to 1 September when I started on this journey!

What next?

  • During December and into January, I’ll be looking at Scrivener features that make editing easier. If you’d like to come along for the ride and subscribe to this blog, click here.
  • At the end of January, it’ll be time to open the doors again for Red Pen. Check out the schedule of launch webinars here.

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  • rainbowmaker

    2 December 2015 at 23:27

    No one is a loser! Catching the wave that is NANO every November is one way of prioritising your writing …

  • Patsy

    2 December 2015 at 22:37

    ‘Wrote words’ about sums up my Nano experience. I’m nowhere close to being a winner – but I don’t feel like a loser either. Better to have given it a go than not tried as it helps me understand what does and doesn’t work for me with my writing.

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