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Old 09-08-15   #11
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I'm bored at work, so have some outlining links!

http://nanowrimo.org/forums/nano-prep/threads/169898 Very simple, may help for the more stressed/busy of us

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-...not-to-outline A good, simple break down of story arcs to give you a starting point.

http://surlymuse.com/the-hailstorm-a...-days-or-less/ A great breakdown of how to create a last minute outline

http://storyist.com/support/howto/ge...for-nanowrimo/ A good article about brainstorming and plotting

http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/5-to...ur-novel/58546 Outline programs.

http://referenceforwriters.tumblr.co...utlining-stage I couldn't access this one at work, but I'm including it anyways so I can check it out later. =)


http://writeitsideways.com/nanowrimo...and-resources/ Concise list of, well, everything, including a nano checklist. I’m on my work computer, so I don’t know if there’s a link to a free ebook or not, but it mentions it.

http://www.jamierubin.net/2011/10/05...ener-can-help/ One writer’s approach. Relies heavily on Scrivener software, but could adapt the information.

http://nybookeditors.com/2013/09/outlining/ And to be fair, a “Do not outline!” article =)
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Sollie, you are a lady and a scholar and thanks so much for that fabulous list *mwah!*
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Old 09-10-15   #13
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My phone is dying, so I pulled out some of the notes I've taken. Below are some sites and programs that I've wanted to try out, but have not. Most are free, or offer a free version, or I did not see a price tag. =P This post was mainly for programs and alternatives to MS Word.

https://coffitivity.com/ For white noise of a more urban type. =)

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...lahlfoji?hl=en Able to block distractions, seems to be super customizable.

http://750words.com/ Encourages you to get into a daily habit of writing, as well as breaks down words per hour, etc.

http://www.naturalreaders.com/index.html This might come in handy when it’s time to edit: It can read the text back to you. I think if you pay a bit you can get it reversed and dictate to it.

http://writeordie.com/ A fun way to “battle” distraction. Also features other tabs that help with editing, brainstorming, etc.

http://focuswriter.en.softonic.com/ Saves only in .txt forms, but you can set up your own background to help you write.

http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5.html This seems cool, you can move scenes around in your novel without renaming everything.

http://baara.com/q10/ Another alternate to MS Word. It looks like there’s a timer, and when it goes off you will see how many words you wrote during it. Along with other features.

http://www.hemingwayapp.com/ I don’t know who all edits while they write, but this might be useful if you tend to get bogged down while writing because something bothers you but you can’t figure it out.

http://selfcontrolapp.com/ Similar to the other ones that reduce distraction. I’m not sure, but I think it’s MAC only.

http://www.treepad.com/treepadfreeware/ Another writing alt.
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Also LibreOffice

And thanks, so much Sollie for this list!
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Haven't been around much lately due to various personal matters, but that'll be all resolved by November so I'll go again. In fact I don't have much choice: while I was in Wales the regulars in the pub have come up with a plot using favourite characters from my last four attempts and the landlady has already started an auction for which of two characters gets to be in charge. I always feel a little bit of a rat that I raise quite a lot of money for the pub's nominated charity of the year rather than giving to NaNo, but it's become a bit of a tradition.

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I miss Wales so much! :-(

But I look forward to seeing what you come up with and having you on the team !
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Haven't been around much lately due to various personal matters, but that'll be all resolved by November so I'll go again. In fact I don't have much choice: while I was in Wales the regulars in the pub have come up with a plot using favourite characters from my last four attempts and the landlady has already started an auction for which of two characters gets to be in charge. I always feel a little bit of a rat that I raise quite a lot of money for the pub's nominated charity of the year rather than giving to NaNo, but it's become a bit of a tradition.

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How do you guys organize your chapters?

For example, I like to have each chapter in it's own document, but then I freak about adding the word counts together. Do you have all the chapters together in a document to keep track, or...?
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How do you guys organize your chapters?

For example, I like to have each chapter in it's own document, but then I freak about adding the word counts together. Do you have all the chapters together in a document to keep track, or...?
I just use one document: particularly writing at speed I tend to need to search for a name or location I used a few days back and the find function is my friend. I use OpenOffice on the big box and it handles huge documents very well. If I need/want to move a chunk of text around, OO does this very well. On the tablet I just write plain text and paste it in and format it into the master document at the end of the day or whenever I get back.

I have two USB sticks which I alternate foir backups, and every few days I save the master as a new version.

IIRC Word has an outliner, but I don't recall finding it particularly useful.

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I use Scrivener, which lets you organise scenes as 'files' within chapter 'folders', and there is a function to compile them all together

On Scrib, a chapter is considered around 3k words (out of consideration for critiquers). I try to get three things done per chapter: character development, plot advancement, and foreshadowing future events. Once all three of those things are done, I like to either clean up the loose ends of the chapter, or end on a cliffhanger.

In the old days before Scrivener, I wrote everything in a linear fashion, I tried really hard not to write scenes out of order. Out of sequence scenes got their own documents, headed, 'OOS:[X]'. Within the main document, chapters were separated by page breaks.
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