Plowing Ahead: Another Day’s Writing

Posted on January 15, 2011. Filed under: Life After Nano, Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , |

Seemed like breaking 30,000 words was “another day’s writing,” but a week has elapsed instead of a day.  But, the words did emerge.  The going is slow without an impending deadline, without the pressure that Nano provides.  But, progress….

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Resolutions for 2011

Posted on January 7, 2011. Filed under: Life After Nano, Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , , , |

One of my top resolutions for 2011 is to finish this novel started as part of Nano 2010. I’m using Scrivener again, and I find that developing the focus to get the words out has been difficult. Nano’s November 30th deadline seems to make a big difference.  I need a new strategy, one that will serve the same purpose that the November 30th deadline did.

But, I did get out about 1500 more words tonight.  Maybe words flow like molasses in January.

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Scrivener Beta for Windows Expiration

Posted on December 11, 2010. Filed under: Life After Nano, Writer-Tools, Writing-Tools | Tags: , , , , , |

Just finished exporting my unfinished novel from Scrivener into Word 2007.

The Scrivener for Windows Beta claimed an expiration of December 12, 2010, tomorrow.  And, it also said that an upgrade would resolve that problem, with the commercial release to be early in 2011.  2011 is not here, yet, but the new beta has the same expiration date.

I spent yesterday’s “writing time” (my time allocated for writing) on researching this issue and installing the new beta release.  I’ve now spent today’s writing time on exporting the project.  Scrivener does have some excellent features for writers, but this problem does not leave me with much enthusiasm.

At this point, I am a little unsure as to whether or not I will stick with Word or start using one or two KM tools that I know are stable and predictable.  Maybe I’ll write it using Treepad.

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Life After Nano

Posted on November 30, 2010. Filed under: Life After Nano, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Maybe the most difficult thing, now, is moving forward after Nanowrimo.  Even when I did finish a novel in 2006, I found I could not move forward.  That novel has sat in a binder, unedited, for years now.

And, with this novel, I am halfway through.  I see it coming together, and it is more cohesive than the previous one.  (I expected that.)  But, continuity is the key.  So, here on this blog, I will be posting entries and ideas about “Life After Nano.”

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November 27, 2010 Giving up at 26K Words

Posted on November 27, 2010. Filed under: Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

For this year, I’ll only make 26K words (or maybe a little more by the 30th) for Nano.  However, I am about midway through a novel with no writer’s block; just don’t have time to work on it.  My plan is to continue work in December, and wrap up a Nano style first draft in January.  Not sure, but maybe this work can be re-written and “tuned” into a potentially publishable work.

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Still Behind but Still Pluggin’

Posted on November 20, 2010. Filed under: Staying-With-It | Tags: , , , |

Up to 25,972.  Still behind; standard target is 33,333.  Still pluggin’.  Not giving up just yet.  And, whether or not I reach 50,000 by November 30th, I plan to finish this novel.

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Dormant Not Dead

Posted on September 24, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

As Nano nears, I will start to become active again. But, probably either nothing or not much prior to the week of October 12th

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