With the end of another year of NaNoWriMo, a lot of writers received a 50% discount on Scrivener for successfully writing 50,000 words. For those that are just starting up with Scrivener, or you’re not sure whether or not you should purchase, check out my other posts on Why I Think Scrivener is For EveryoneRead more about How to Create Characters and Settings Using Scrivener[…]
Recently I made a post detailing why I thought Scrivener was for everyone. I received a huge response from that video as well as some additional questions. Today I wanted to answer one of those in particular: How do I get started in Scrivener? Watch the video below for a detailed tutorial! I walk youRead more about How to Get Started With Scrivener Right Now (without losing a second of writing time)[…]
This post was originally going to be all about “writing tools” that I’ve used along the way, but instead I found myself going overboard about one tool in particular: Scrivener. Check out my YouTube video on this post if you’re a fan of watching rather than reading! (But let’s be honest, we’re all readers here)Read more about Why I Think Scrivener Is For Everyone (and why it’s my favorite tool!)[…]
I finally finished my storyboard! A week ago, I talked about making a physical outline for my novel and how confusing things had gotten without it. Well, the dining room table is now cleared off and ready for eating on again. My mess of outlining my novel is gone and I definitely learned some things alongRead more about Storyboard Outlining for Your Novel[…]
Getting ready for NaNo? Do you get stuck with your writing sometimes? My second episode for Writerly Wednesdays deals with outlining!
Everything that I do as part of my outlining process should be changed to suit your individual needs. Now, this probably isn’t something you want to hear. Don’t fret! I, just like most people, wanted a magic formula to getting my story on paper. One single method that would be the answer to all my prayers.
I didn’t find it.
Or, rather, I found it in a way I didn’t expect.
I’m not sure how many books on the writing craft that I’ve read, because I’ve been reading them since I was a teenager (and I didn’t have Goodreads back then to keep track). But there was one common thing I found among all of the books that I read:
No two methods are the same.
Granted, there are a lot that are very similar. What this epiphany did for me was to make me realize that my method won’t be like any one of theirs.
You need to adapt. Your method has to be just that, your method. Trial and error may suck, and reading books on outlining will definitely give you a better idea of what you need to do, but one size does not fit all. And this is a good thing. What if every book in the world were written in the same structured outline (oh but Vivien, that’s the three-act structure…I know, just go with it okay!)? We would get tired of that repetitive pacing. We wouldn’t like reading about the same five basic characters in every story. Read more about Writing Tips: How to Outline Your Novel …
This is a super quick update!
I apologize for not providing an additional story for everyone – my internet has been down at my house for a week and I’m actually posting this from work right now (shh…don’t tell anyone!). I feel bad I haven’t posted another story yet, as I heard a lot of people couldn’t wait for the next one. Since life had other plans for me, most likely I’ll be posting snippets as I write for NaNo.
WHICH STARTS TOMORROW!!! EEEKK!
Just to clarify, that was a squeal of excitement. I’m nervous to see how the first week of NaNo goes since I’ve never participated. And I’m going on a vacation this weekend which means I’ll have to catch up on my word count for the days I’m gone :/ I’m not exactly starting off on the right foot.