It was slow going this afternoon, primarily because I am quite stubbornly refusing to lock myself away whilst I attempt this challenge and am writing in the living room. So between my wife watching TV and my little toddler daughter running around drawing, destroying and occasionally attempting to relieve me of my laptop, it was slow going. I don’t mind however, I’d prefer to fail overall (or at least have to work harder) in order to spend that little bit more time with my girls.
After the little girl went to bed however (much later than normal) my wife adjourned to the bedroom and I tore through the remainder of my word count much faster. Final tally for this evening, the first two scenes in Chapter One written and weighing in at 1878 words. Not a bad start, we’re off and running.
I was planning another post tonight on the pleasures of the Scrivener Windows Beta, which I began using the second I realised it was available, first to outline my novel for this year’s NaNoWriMo and now to write it. I am planning on putting it through its paces throughout the month and determining how, and if, it fits my workflow and what I think of it as a novelist’s tool. I have traditionally used Microsoft Word for all my word processing and I use it a lot at work as well for technical writing, software design documentation and the like, so it will be interesting to see how it compares.
So far i’m quite pleased, but the full post will have to wait as I’m feeling eager to relax and celebrate the first day’s NaNo by finishing off the book I’m reading. Laurell Hamilton’s latest, Bullet.
So if you’re interested, drop in tomorrow to hear about Scrivener. In the meantime, feel free to comment and let us know what tools you like to use for your novel writing!