Do you’ve got the primary 1,667 phrases of your novel in a Google doc? A observe in your telephone? Or maybe you spent the primary day of NaNoWriMo meticulously organizing an empty define in Scrivener? Listed below are a few of the writing instruments that newbie novelists swear by.


Scrivener is greater than a textual content editor; it’s additionally a device for organizing chapters and even snippets of textual content. I do know one freelancer who does all of her article writing in a single gigantic Scrivener binder. It’s a strong device, and has loads of NaNo-friendly options like counting phrases per chapter or for the entire venture.

It’s $40 on Home windows, $45 on Mac, however there’s additionally a 30-day free trial that may carry you during NaNo. The NaNoWriMo web site has coupon codes, too: one you need to use now for 20 p.c off, and one other only for winners—you need to write 50,000 phrases to get this—for 50 p.c off.

How Scrivener Helped Me Arrange All My Writing

Scrivener is a reputation that will get tossed round rather a lot in writing circles, nevertheless it’s not instantly …

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Google Docs

A novel written in a Google doc is one you possibly can entry wherever, even out of your telephone. Take a look at how commenter Stuart FitzWilliam is utilizing it:

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Write or Die

I found this one throughout my first NaNo, and it’s expanded since then from a easy free device to a full-featured torture machine you possibly can pay to help. To make use of Write or Die, you choose a time or a phrase depend as your objective—I love to do 10 minutes, which will get me 500+ phrases—and nothing particular occurs except you cease writing.

Then it will get dangerous.

By default, inside about ten seconds of your final key stroke, the display turns pink and your audio system will blare some very annoying music. Begin typing once more, and the punishments go away. The additional options embrace a mode that rewards slightly than punishes you, by enjoying soothing ocean waves so long as you’re writing, and a extra extreme “kamikaze” mode that deletes your phrases for those who cease typing.

What writing instruments are you utilizing this NaNoWriMo, and what are their professionals and cons? I started writing my novel one 12 months on a classic Underwood typewriter, however gave it up as a result of I wished to put in writing with pals at cafés and it was under no circumstances transportable. This 12 months I’m again to Google docs. How about you?


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