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The next 8 weeks will fly by, so – if you are keen to use Scrivener for NANO 2016 – now is the time to start learning how.

What is NANO?

NANO, short of 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. 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 last year, 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 a series of blog posts – plus free webinars – I’ll take you through the basics:

  • Managing the Scrivener workspace: the Binder, the Editing pane and the Inspector and all the buttons and bells
  • Using the Corkboard to design the structure of your novel
  • Creating your cast of Characters
  • Deciding on your world: inventing Places
  • Using the Outliner to set Targets for each scene: and to keep track of your progress during NaNoWriMo 2016
  • 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 Research folder to document your novel and prepare marketing material – ready for that magazine article or radio interview
  • Tricks to use while writing, which will prove so useful when it comes to editing: annotations and comments to yourself

Eight weeks of planning – and learning to master Scrivener – without writing a single word!

Simply Scrivener Special (SSS) webinars

The free SSS webinars on 19 September, 24 October, and 21 November will be geared especially for those who use Scrivener for NaNoWriMo 2016.

Book your place here.

Not using Scrivener?

If you plan to take part in NaNoWriMo 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 NANO webinars.

NANO webinars

I was ML (Municipal Liaison!) for the counties of Devon and Cornwall for several years. It was a challenging but exciting role, which I thoroughly enjoyed … but I can’t fit that time commitment into my current lifestyle.

However, I can offer online support, not just for writers who live in Devon and Cornwall but regardless of where you live. I do this through my free NANO webinars:

  • KICK-OFF on Monday 24 October 2016: 10.30am, 2pm and 8pm BST
  • MIDWAY on Tuesday 15 November 2016: 10.30am, 2pm and 8pm GMT
  • TGIO (thank goodness it’s over) celebrations on Friday 2 December 2016: 2pm, 6pm and 9pm 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 NANO 2016 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 group and attend face-to-face meetings arranged by your local ML.

And, you could join my online NANO 2016 team. Click here for more information.

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