Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Super Scrivener and Story Shop

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Super Scrivener and Story Shop A Love Story I’ve mentioned it a few times in these posts and there might be some of you out there who don’t know what I’m talking about when I tell you to add things to Scrivener.  So, here is my first love note to Scrivener. Scrivener is a writing software by writers for writers.  It has everything an author needs to create their best work. You […]

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Six – The Big Outline

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Six – The Big Outline Woo-Hoo, it’s Big Outline time! Alright, now we’re ready for the fun part, right?  Writing that in-depth Big Outline!  For some this is a wonderful moment (hooray!), for others it fills them with dread.  Don’t worry, those of you who are scared of this step; I’ll guide you through. First things first, gather everything you’ve done so far. Research, Voice Journals, Chain of Causality, Short Plot […]

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Seven – Business End of Things

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Seven – Business End of Things   Silly You! You were surprised I have one more preparation step, weren’t you? If you’re thinking, “Hey, I did all of those other steps and I have a killer outline. I’m ready for NaNoWriMo already!” then bear with me while I explain the importance of having one more step.  The business end of writing is important.  But this isn’t the business work you are […]

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Five – Research

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Five – Research   You’d think you’d be ready to write the in-depth summary after Four Steps, but there’s one more step: Research. When I say research (anyone else get a headache when they hear that word?), I’m not telling you to spend the next eight years researching every single topic you might encounter in your story. Nope. This is a different kind of research.  You no longer need to feel […]

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Four – The Chain of Causation

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Four – The Chain of Causation The Magical Chain of Causation This is a step you don’t read about very often.  I learned about the Chain of Causation from an author friend of mine, Marylee MacDonald.  Sometimes called The String of Becauses, it is exactly what it sounds like. You start at the beginning of your story. What is the first thing that happens in your story? Write that at the top […]