Last year I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time – and “won” by writing over 50k words (even though I’m awful and never actually finished the story). I’ve been debating a little bit about doing it this year, mostly because I can’t think of a really good idea that I’m interested in enough. I thought about just trying to finish my story from last year because I did like it and want to complete it, but I don’t think there’s 50k words left in it. I want to come up with something fresh and I have an inkling of an idea that I think I might be able to make work.
I also decided to download the special NaNoWriMo trail version of Scrivener. I watched the tutorial and thought it looked kind of amazing. However, once I downloaded it I felt a little lost. It didn’t seem as easy as the tutorial made it look. Do any of you use Scrivener? Can you give me any tips? I’m most concerned about keeping track of word count because once I figured out how to do it, it’s already telling me I have some words even though I haven’t written anything yet besides some stuff in the Research, Places, and Characters sections. Help me!
And lastly, we all know I have some anxiety issues and going to places I’m unfamiliar with – especially with people I don’t know – is a big trigger for me. The two places I went to write-ins for last year are not on the schedule this year. I think they’re still being decided, but the only place that’s on there for now is a place that I tried going to once last year and wandered around for a long time looking for people with laptops and never found them and about had a panic attack, so I kind of have some “PTSD” about trying to go there again. Going to the write-ins and getting charms was probably the biggest thing that got me through last year and I’m afraid if I don’t have some accountability like that I won’t finish it. So if you’re planning on doing NaNo this year, please add me as Writing Buddy! My username is: Stephanie1 (yes I am just as creative in all my life as I was with coming up with my blog name).
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Are you a “planner” or a “pantser”? Or a mix, like me?