It has been ten years since the last time I participated in National Novel Writer’s Month. So far, it is going really well. I’m keeping up despite a virus knocking me down (literally) on the second day of the challenge.
I have tried for months to build an outline for the novel, maybe longer. However, I had to give up and admit that I’m simply a pantser. The world building I’ve done is huge. There were many scenes and characters and I had them all tied together, but until I just started typing the first scene, I simply couldn’t write out an outline. Still can’t. I think that writing the middle of the story without the outline, but with the ability to explore the world with the characters and randomly build subplots is what the art of writing is all about. I don’t believe I can give that up for anything. It might make editing a real chore, but I’d rather do that than give up the rollercoaster ride of pantsing.
I think Scrivener may have been developed for outliners. It will certainly help me during the editing process. I’m going to use it alongside Google Docs because Docs has nifty addons that supposedly help with writerly things like flow, word choice, grammar, etc. Plus, Docs has the ability to leave behind comments. You can also share them in real time for purposes of editing and whatnot. If I could afford it, there are a couple of programs I’d use to run the manuscript through just to catch words that are used too many times, and for other things like that.
More news. My son bought me a new laptop last Christmas and loaded Linux Ubuntu as the operating system. I’d been wanting to make the switch for years. He didn’t realize that getting Scrivener working on it was going to be a real hassle, but he got it running just fine, right before the big update that fixed some of the problems. I’d already downloaded everything he would need, but he wiped it all out and got stuck at the same spot I did. LOL
If you plan to do the same thing and use WINE to emulate Windows, you will get to a point where each step needs to be preceeded by two steps. Literally, one step forward and two steps back because you’ll need to fool around with some internal files. My problem was that I didn’t know how to get to those files, but my son did.
Manuskript, Linux’s version of Scrivener, just didn’t have everything I wanted and seemed to be a pared down version of Scrivener. It hurt my eyes, too. I had thought that Linux wouldn’t be constantly annoying me with updates. Right. Every single day, except it doesn’t take an hour or two like the Windows OS. I don’t think I’ve had an update take more than a couple of minutes to install.
I’m sure you can tell by this entry that my brain is working much better. It is. A lot of the progress I’ve made can be directly linked to a new medication I started in June of 2018. The improvements have been remarkable and I hope that this will be permanent.