As a sticky, I have reposted my 2012 NaNoWriMo prep post (below). Most of the resource links remain relevant three years later, and the checklist is a good one.
I’m quite excited about this new Writing App, simply called Write.
I feel like Christmas is coming early. On the same day I grew envious of Mac users once again (the reportedly fantastic Ulysses writing program has just released onto the iPad) I read of the released to in-house beta for Scrivener iOS.
And once through the thorough beta testing program, it's coming with the capability for both Windows and Mac desktop Scrivener users to sync through Dropbox.
Ah, it reminds me of my old software testing days. I'm very excited to watch how it goes.
Incidentally, for those like me who use Evernote and Scrivener on a daily basis, Gwen Hernandez has just posted an instructional on how to use Evernote notes inside of Scrivener. I suffer from similar problems in using Web based imports into Win Scrivener, but am impressed by Gwen's alternative option in exporting first. WTH had I not thought of that?
And if you still can't wait for ScriviOS, here's a techie post by Steve Hopstaken on editing Scrivener files on IOS devices via an RTF editor and iCloud sync.
I am currently in the middle of a revision phase. Which means I now am gifted with a greater understanding of the phase and an even bigger realisation that I don’t (yet) have enough knowledge to get me through. The self-editing stage is where all that writing craft knowledge comes into use.
There are hundreds of writing craft books, courses and WWW resources on structure, plotting and how to write a novel, but significantly less for the next process of revision, rewriting or self-editing.
But slowly more and more blog posts, writing books, and courses are opening up around the revision process for fiction.
I’ve curated some of the best as a resource collection for you, and posted this up recently at my Tumblr resource blog. I hope it’s helpful for all of those like me, who are in this phase of producing a manuscript worthy of contention.
Okay, the penultimate post in the yearlong #52Tech series. The final one next week will simply provide an index post for the entire series. And this one contains a rundown of personal favourite Top 2 apps I use for writing.
These will not be a surprise at all. Both of these apps got me through as a winner this NaNoWriMo, and are now taking me into editing and revision.
As I wind up my year long project of posting once a week on tools I’ve found interesting for writers, I also meet that busy zone – just out of NaNoWriMo but with some writing to complete, and of course the holiday season and school holidays also.
Here are two totally unconnected randomly found apps which may provide some use to you. Both are free to use webapps.
20 Lines is a writing community for writing, sharing and reading very short stories.
Today’s Week 48 post for the #52Tech series provides 100+ random generator resources for writers in need of some inspiration or stuck for ideas to complete off their NaNoWriMo efforts.
For my current WIP, being written through NaNoWriMo as you read this (cross fingers) I am toying around with multi-media inclusions to tell parts of the story. What it won’t be is fully interactive, but nowadays there is a renaissance of interactive stories going on, especially around the Role Play universe.
IF is the acronym given to the text-based reader-choice genre of interactive fiction. The genre is sometimes referred to as choice-based narratives, and in gaming terms, as an MCG (multiple choice game). Today I’m taking a precursory look at a couple of environments which allow a writer to create IF storylines.
Rather than update the NaNoWriMo sticky post with my current (messy) thoughts, I thought I’d share a visual look at my WIP, being written through NaNoWriMo with Scrivener for Windows and Aeon Timeline for Windows.