Preparing For NaNoWriMo, Part Two

I have to confess that I’m finding the lack of a computer rather annoying. I think by the end of this post, it will becme clear why.

The problem is that, despite having an outline ready to go, I have realised I want to delve into the characters and setting a lot more than I have. Of course, that is easy to do, because I have all manner of notes and details stored in a writing program, to track the entire mythos I have been creating.

As I have already said in a previous post, my netbook has effectively died on me, and I can’t access the contents until i have a new computer ready to go. So, I cannot access that information. Happily, the outline was saved to my phone, so I can  write away still.

So, how can I circumvent the problem?

My solution is a novel one, to say the least. I have started creating word processor files on my phone, one per topic. This way, I can keep going, and get more details of locations and characters donw, whilst I am waiting ptiently until I can manage to get a new computer. This is far from an ideal solution, but it will have to suffice for the time being.

Of course, it has gotten me to contemplate getting hold of Scrivener, as a way to update the software I currently have. It was made in 2004, so is antiquated in software terms. But do I go and risk causing massive upset for myself by  getting a new program, then transferring all the information over to it? Thus, the Great Scrivener Debate rages on, at least in my head.

One other idea I have had is to join the NaNo London Forum. It is perfectly possible to join more than one region, though only one region will be your home region. I’m on there, because i know I will end up with questions about London that only locals can answer. Or at least, people who have lived there a while will know the answer to. And I am needing this increasingly so: there will be at least one other story set in London. I say this because the July Camp project I have talked about is still slowly being written. And it is becoming clear that a good part of it will be set in London as well.

Add to this the fact that I have two friends looking at doing NaNo this year as well. So, part of the preparation for me is to psyche myself up, because I am going to need to know their availability and such forth. I also plan to get write-ins done, using the Internet to do just that. I also intend to run an all day writing session on a Saturday in November, where we invade the local Library, and then start doing numerous word sprints, then go to lunch somewhere, then back to the Library to forge ahead some more. All good stuff, if it pulls off.

And that leads to another NaNo aspect, which is somewhat magnified this year: that of the nerves and the worming fears. Yes, that little voice of burrowing doubt is creeping back, saying the usual things… I’m not really good at writing, it is all pointless, I’m an imposter. The usual affair that happens. I know I am far from alone in this, which is comforting, to say the least.

So, November is edging closer now, and despite the nerves, despite the fears and doubts, the trials and tribulations, I have just one thing to say about it all now.

Bring. It. On.


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