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Time to set up a new Scrivener project for NaNo2018 Let’s start at the very beginning: setting up a new project file on Scrivener and deciding what our novel is about. Setting up a new Scrivener project file In this one file, everything that you need to write your NaNo2018 novel can be collected ahead of 1 November. You won’t write a single word of your manuscript until NaNo2018 officially starts, but you’ll...

I use Scrivener – for all my writing projects. Why? Because it makes me feel I am in control. Correction: I am in control! Why use Scrivener for NaNo2018?  A good question! There are four quick answers: Scrivener will make the planning of my novel, ahead of the first day of writing on, 1 November, easier. The planning that I do will make the writing during NaNo2018 a doddle. Enjoyable. An indulgence! Editing – beginning next February/March –...

Ready to Rock? NaNo2018 is only seven weeks away and this time will fly by, so – if you are keen to use Scrivener for NaNo2018 – 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 doors are already...

Erewash Open Short Story Competition It was an honour to be asked to judge the Erewash Open Short Story Competition. What does the short story judge have to do? I received by email the shortlisted stories, fifteen in all. Here they are, in alphabetical order by title: Altara Drive Belonging Broken Mirrors Counting the Stones Dead Cert Fingal's Cave Found and Lost Letting Go Lurch Pride Before the Fall Mr. Patel's Power Drill ...

All tooled up and ready to write? Only hours to go and this post is to make sure you have everything at your fingertips for the 30 days of November. Complete your planning If you are a pantser - this will be a very quick process! If you are a planner, your outline will provide you with prompts for every day. The scene synopsis will guide you through what was to be your storyline. It's...

Time for the Kick-OFF! This week is a Kick-Off week for NaNoWriMo. When you sign up to the NaNoWriMo site and choose your region, you'll find you have an ML - and that person is responsible for organizing meetings before, during and after NaNo. I'm ML for Europe :: England :: Cornwall. What is the KICK-OFF? The KO (short for Kick-Off) is the official start of NaNo preparation in the run-up to the month of...