Friday, December 4, 2009

November Aftermath

There comes a point after the elation of NaNoWriMo wears off when you realize, Crap. My novel's not actually done. Yeah, that. It's kind of easy to flaunt your 50,000 word manuscript and forget it cuts off mid-chapter. So now, I have to figure out how to wrap this sucker up.

Also, remember how I had that second draft of my first novel hanging out, about 10,000 from being done? Have to get on that too. But the happy thing about this is, hopefully sometime soon, I'll have two drafts to look at and edit.

Other things:

1) You get a nifty proof copy if you so desire. And when I finish the draft, I will get one, not because I think it's done, but because I think it'll look cool when I pull it out from under my pillow you didn't think I was actually going to show that monstrosity to anyone, did you?. Like I've said before, most of my decisions in life are based on whether or not they will be considered cool. Proof copy? Cool. Now I just need a title!

2) Also, 50% off Scrivener? I'm thinking about it. I don't know if I can really be justified in buying a program just for the sake of novelling, when I'm not published right now trust me, this consideration is important when asking my parents to shell out the money since they pay my credit card bill each month and just because a ton of people say it's nice. Writing on MS Word is fine. It works. I'm drawn by everything that says ___% off because I convince myself that it's such an excellent deal that I have to buy it. I might do the 30-day trial version in January or something and see if I like it. I'll let you know if I do. Do any of you use Scrivener now? Like? Dislike?

3) I feel like I need a NaNo shirt. Just like I felt like I needed a leopard print scarf today (but luckily, I curbed my scarf obsession before I spent $10 on accessories). So, really, do I need a NaNo shirt? 

4) I ordered "Reading Like A Writer" by Francine Prose off Amazon yesterday because Peter Carey recommended it in the last pep talk. The reviews are promising. I happen to think the best way to improve your writing is by reading the better writing of other authors. So maybe I should learn how to read better. I'll read it and tell you whether I think this book is worth it or not. 

Happy Friday!


  1. Proof copy is pretty freaking awesome. Alz used one of hers from last year's NaNo to get a book version of our joint holiday writing project, which we wrote for our friend who was in Korea. I think she rather enjoyed reading it in "book" form. :)

  2. I love these random thoughts. Now go finish those novels!!

  3. Try not to worry about those pesky missing words too much. I always realize I need to add scenes when I'm revising.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Congrats on winning! Scrivener's awesome! I don't use Word any more. It works well with how I write, even though I don't use all the features. If you're an outliner (I'm not), it's even more awesome.

  5. Are you kidding? Of course, you need a NaNo shirt! Every cool writer has one!

    Good luck finishing those novels! When you consider what you just accomplished - writing 50k in 30 days - finishing doesn't seem so bad, does it?

  6. Oh, and I forgot to add: you can finish both of them WEARING YOUR NANO SHIRT.

  7. Whoohoo on winning nano. Given how busy you are, you do a fab job in the writing department :D