It seems a little cheap to hold the first check in 24 hours after the month starts, but the calendar is the king here, and it’s the first Friday of NaNo. So I’ll say that I hope everyone kicked off the month on a bountiful writing note. If you’ve somehow managed to write more than the basic 1667 count, feel free to boast about it in the comments.
Since there’s not a lot of business to do at this point, let’s talk fun.
If you’re not a novel writer but want to partake in all the fun, BlogHer is running NaBloPoMo, which is an even unwieldier acronym than NaNoWriMo. But basically they’re encouraging 30 days of blogging. Having just done (almost a whole) month of daily blogging for 31 Days of Halloween, it’s more of a challenge than one might think.
Are you looking for a writing program a little more robust than Office? I’m a big fan of Scrivener, a writing platform that allows for outlining, chapter and scene break downs, easy scene reordering, a pinboard for images, research, and music, and more. They offer a 30 day free trial and anyone who “˜wins’ NaNo gets a 50% off code to buy the program. Scrivener is available for Mac, PC, and Linux.
yWriter is another writing program that gets great reviews. I don’t use it personally and can’t vouch for it, but many fine fellow writers love it.
Looking to brow beat youself about what your word count should be? This thread on the NaNoWriMo website has lots of great calendar based desktop backgrounds so you’ll never, ever, get away from feeling behind on your count.
Written? Kitten rewards your productivity with a kitten every time you reach goal.
For us masochists, WriteorDie yells at you when you stop writing for too long or don’t meet your goal within the chosen time frame.
There. I hope you enjoyed your brief break from your taskmaster. Now get back to writing!
(PS, how’s that going for you anyway?)