What are You Reading Today?

I’m Not Reading: I’m Writing 🙂

I’ve been re-infected with my writing bug
I’m excited! I started a new Novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Novemeber
But instead of NaNoWriMo’s Novemeber 50K word novelette and quantity vs quality challenge,

I set personal goals for this month:

  1. Research, develop characters, world-build and organized this information in a Scrivener file—writing software I’ll be learning as well. (Scrivener is offering a free trial for the month and 1 week.)
  2. Create a detailed outline of the story and major plot lines.
  3. Write. (I might refine this goal later.)
  4. Maintain this blog with 3 feature blogs a week.

November is Half Over. I’m proud to report that I’ve completed most of this challenge and then some.

First Goal: 90% accomplished.
I’m using (but not yet mastered) Scrivener. I’ve done all the front end research. I have dozens of pages of notes about my characters, plot lines, and world building. Much of this information is downloaded into Scrivener. (Some will never need to be there.)  In addition, since I’m very visual so I searched Google images and found images of people that have the look and feel of all my main characters and pasted them into each character page on Scrivener. I’ve started a song list I’ll use for mood setting and inspiration of events and characters.

Second Goal: Done
I’ve created an outline of all the major plots and events. I’ve structured and plotted the story structure with the seven key points of each of my three main plotlines and integrated them into the main storyline.

Third Goal: Ongoing – Doing Great
Was not quantified but I’m farther that I thought I would be at the halfway point.
I’m writing. I have over 5K words in my first draft on Scrivener and the pages are well written.  This word count does not include the Scrivener and Microsoft Word pages and the handwritten note books and loose pages of with rough or detailed scenes and related brainstorming that may or may not get integrated into the novel as the story develops.

Fourth Goal: Ongoing – Doing okay.
I got engrossed and forgot last Wednesday’s post but got it published before 9am. I’ve created and scheduled this Wednesday’s and Saturday’s Post.

What are my Neighbors Reading?

I don’t know? Sorry I was so focused on the book I never asked.



Note:  Honesty, the first few chapters of the novel is written much better than this post, and the pages are already edited better. I fixed some of the obvious mistakes in this post and added the forgotten What are you Reading Today artwork.  Sorry, kind of dashed this off.