Sono distrutta. There is no other way to state it. After studying for some hours at the library, then returning home with the goal of organizing my outline for NaNoWriMo on YWriter5, I honestly feel like my brain is melting.
For those of you who either do not know, or have forgotten–November is National Novel Writing Month. What, do you ask, is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? Well, it is a simple test of will and stamina. At least, that’s how I see it. I am certain that other people have more that they could say on the subject. This is, however, my first attempt at NaNoWriMo, and so…I will leave any further comments about it until after the fact.
According to the official website, “National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.”
Yes, that’s right… Fifty thousand words…One hundred and seventy-five pages…In one month…Um, should I say “Uncle” now?
No, no, I am actually looking forward to it. Moreover, I have been diligently preparing. Hence, YWriter5. What is YWriter5? It is a word processor created by Simon Haynes (author and programmer), and is specifically designed to meet the needs of authors as they create their novels. I first learnt about YWriter a couple of months ago while reading/listening to K. M. Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way To Success. By the way, K. M. Weiland‘s book is truly amazing. It really helped me to translate my thoughts (I think in images) into words on paper. It is a book that I have read many time since purchasing it.
Now, I am still fairly new to YWriter (as in today-new). My experience with it thus far, however, has been truly great! The structure of the program really suits my way of thinking. There are sections for characters, scenes, chapters, locations, etc. And also, the sections are further broken down.
For example, the Character section includes biography, goals, notes, image, etc. And even within those sections, there is still some break down. Thus, the program really pushes you to think about the various aspects of how you are designing characters, settings, or outlining your chapters and explaining your scenes. If you like to write, then it seems like a great tool try…Plus, it’s free.
Anyway, the point of my ramble today was not to act as a promoter, but to share my success in actually using YWriter to begin organizing my project (I hate to say the word “novel.” It feels a bit too scary at this time). Now, what I have come to realize by engaging in this process is that when I write long-hand, I lack organization like nobody’s business.
Seriously, I have notes scratched here and there. Somethings that were started at the beginning of one notebook were continued at the end of the notebook, or on a piece of scratch paper. I am learning to smile at myself…and I am wicked glad (yes, I wrote “wicked”) that I found YWriter in time to organize myself for NaNoWriMo.
Well, I am off to search for more loose pieces of paper before heading off to bed. Also, if you have ever thought to yourself, Man, I think I could write a book/novel/short story/whatever, then consider joining me on my NaNoWriMo journey…we can cry and laugh together. Twelve days and counting…Until Next Time!
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