I started a new journal today. It’s going to be a different sort of thing than I’ve done before. Instead of droppng creative ideas into my phone, they’ll be dropped in the journal instead, along with nature journal notes and observations, and notations of people, places, things, events, and moments that make me happy. Creative. Nature. Happiness. It’s a nice mix. 🙂 I’m taking some small organizational ideas from bullet journaling: sections, page numbering, index. This may be the first journal I’ve done that won’t be an unfathomable mess. I hope. 😀
For those of you doing NaNoWriMo, the best NaNo advice I can give you at this point in the game is to throw caution to the wind and work to the end of the story. If a scene is too difficult, write a placemarker sentence or paragraph of what should happen in it and move on to the next scene. Write whatever you can write, and as as much as you can write. If you have later scenes already in your mind, write them out of order then work toward them. Focus on the getting to the end of the story, even if it means you have to fill in some stuff later. I’ve found that it’s easier to rewrite a complete draft even if I have to fill in some missing scenes, than to pick up a cold unfinished draft and finish it after having lost the momentum (AND then still have the whole rewrite to do). This may be different for you, but especially if you’re the kind of writer that has trouble finishing things, you need to work toward finishing the story by the end of the month. Remember: this is just the rough draft of a very short novel. It doesn’t have to be good; you just need to get all the essential bits written down. Every first draft needs a rewrite, but you can’t do that until the draft is done. NaNoWriMo is all about knocking out that first draft. You can agonize over it sentence by sentence in the rewrite. 😆 Good luck, everyone!
For those of you doing NaNoWriMo next month, check out my NaNoWriMo prep tag. I’ve done a number of posts with resources (naming characters, story structure, Evil Week, online writing resources) helpful hints, and advice based on my own NaNoWriMo experiences. (I’ve done it a number of times and always finished successfully and early.) For things I’ve posted while doing NaNo, see the NaNoWriMo tag. Over on my author blog I’ve tagged a number of longer NaNoWriMo posts, covering both pre-NaNo and post-NaNo.
I’m not doing NaNo this year because I just have too much work to do on various drafts in assorted series, so I really don’t need to start another book right now! I wish all my fellow WriMos the best of luck as you draft your NaNo novel next month!
I saw this a week ago, and have found it enjoyable to use, though not as a note app. Textpad is a simple no-distraction in-browser writing app. I’ve found that adding it alongside my new tab browser start-up encourages me to start writing immediately. I find the whole “blank page” feel of it inspiring. (Also, I like that it has a light-on-dark option.) It’s neat and nifty. You might also find it useful, too. 🙂