I've signed up for email notifications from my local forums on NaNo's website. In addition to the usual write-in organizing messages and tips on how to get your word count completed while drunk college students yell outside your humble abode (*cough* my humble abode), there has also been a discussion as to what writing programs/software people intend to use to reach their 50K.
So, I thought, what the hell? Word only gets you so far, right? Maybe I'll try something different.
First, I downloaded yWriter5. Of course, I'm a dedicated Mac user, and this software is specifically designed for Windows. BUT there's a work-around. So I gave it a shot, downloaded the intermediary program to make it work, and tried it. I imported a couple hundred words from something else and then tried to edit it. DENIED! Apparently there will be no editing to imported text. Why? Don't know, but someone else on the forums had a similar issue. So, I thought, back to Word.
Schrivener, but was going to stick to yWriter5. I thought, hmm, what is this Schrivener you speak of, and decided to check it out. Bonus one: there's a Mac-friendly program already--meaning, no work-around programs. *happy dance* Bonus two: it's a lot less DOS-like and a lot more user-friendly interface-y. Bonus three: even though the software isn't free, it has a trial period that goes through Dec 7 so NaNo users can try it out. Bonus four: if you don't win NaNo, you get a 20% discount at the end just for trying. If you DO win NaNo, you get a 50% discount. Bonus five: How many bonuses do y'all need!?!
So, I've set up my NaNo template and I'm going to start cork-boarding this weekend (I'm a little late in the game, I know, but I've always been more of a pantser). I'm also going to import the novel I've been working on (and just finished rewrites for last week *happy dance*), and get all of my info in one location, including my links and JPGs of characters, etc. I think this program seems entirely awesome, and I can't wait to really give it a spin.
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How are you writing your NaNo novel?