Nano Challenge Prep

It’s only 20 hours now before this challenge starts, and I’m beginning to get a little nervous. I still haven’t finalized my scene outline, though I do have a strong sense of all the major plot points that will be occurring throughout the story. At the very least, that will help me free write a lot faster than normal.

I wanted to take a moment and share the tools that I’ll be using to complete this. The number one tool I’ve discovered since becoming a full-time writer is Scrivener. In short, Scrivener is amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone who does any writing. Blogging, research papers, class projects, fiction, nonfiction, journals, anything. The only other tool I’ll be heavily utilizing is an app called Write or Die. This tool allows me to set how two different criteria for my writing sessions–word count and time limit–and forces me to keep writing until one of the two criteria is met. This is the tool responsible for some of my more insane hourly word counts (I’ve hit as high as 4k in one hour, I believe–though that is very abnormal).

Here’s a screenshot of Scrivener in action for the project I’m working on. This is the cork board mode that I use when putting together my scene outline–it’s quite nifty!

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Here’s a screenshot of Write or Die’s setup screen (along with my typical settings–I’ll probably modify these tomorrow). If you want to see it in action, just punch it into YouTube and you’ll find some videos–it’s pretty awesome if you need a little encouragement to get some writing done!

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Well that about sums it up for this quick blog post. I’ll be recording my progress every 2 hours, and will likely be tweeting some pictures of the progress.

Be sure to follow along (@mattabooks) and #50KDayOne.