Friday, November 3, 2023

Back with NaNoWriMo 2023

I stopped working on my novel effectively just before the holidays last year, and didn't pick it up again until at the kickoff party for NaNoWriMo 2023, just a few days ago.

As a result, I need to familiarize myself with where I was.  To do that, I'm doing a round of reading and revisions in the part that I wrote last year.  Once I'm done with that section, I'll skim over the rest of what I'd written quickly, so that I refresh my memory on what I wanted to rewrite and what plot elements I wanted to change.

I'm using my new Kindle Scribe to do the read through and revisions.  In past years, I have performed revisions by carrying around a two-inch-thick printed manuscript and marking up the pages.  It's a cumbersome and tedious method, so I bought the Kindle Scribe, which allows me to write directly on the pages of a PDF.  Scrivener enables me to compile the novel into PDF.  (Last year I compiled it into ePub and did a quick read-through on my regular Kindle of everything I'd written previously and wanted to rewrite.)

I'm really liking the ability to write directly on the page with the Scribe.  The only thing I'd say is that with future revisions, I'll see if I can change the font size and spacing and put more white space on a page, so I can mark it up a little more easily.  I'll write another post about the Scribe soon, and include some pictures so you can get a better idea of how it works.

We don't have an official write-in to go to tonight, but it sounds like our friends group that we meet with on Friday evenings, which started out as a write-in years ago, may be interested in writing tonight.  Then tomorrow we have two write-ins and Sunday we have one, so we should be able to get plenty of writing done over the next few days.  I'm hoping to be able to finish the revisions and read-through of the novel by the end of the weekend, so that I can start writing new material.  My goal is to finish the novel this year, if not this month, so I can self-publish next year.

Wish me luck!

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