March 18 2014

Preparing for CampNaNoWriMo

As I type this Scrivener is open on my desktop waiting for me to go back to filling out my character sketch sheets for the novel I’m going to work on for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m excited. So far I’ve got the name, Revelations: Book 1 of the Elioud Legacy; the bulk of my characters names, and the synopsis, as well as the prologue done (though it’s strictly a rough draft version so I have some back story to work with. I still need the name of a town in the South, most likely I’ll use South Carolina since I’m familiar with it, but Georgia is on my mind, (That’s a song). I was thinking of names like Liberty, Prosperity, Harmony, or Haven (though Haven is so over used and I immediately think of the SciFi television series based on Stephen King’s “The Colorado Kid” when I hear that name.

I love using Scrivener. I’ve checked out Evernote and One Note, and they’re cool for notes, etc, but I can do the same stuff with Scrivener, at least for what I need it for. I’ve been researching the differences lately, and came to the conclusion that Scrivener is just my GO TO product. I am one of Scrivener’s biggest fans. The only thing I don’t like about Scrivener is that their Windows version is not up to par–the Mac version has so much more. Stuff I’d really like to use. Ah well. I suppose I don’t have it as bad as the Linux users who have Scrivener so I shouldn’t complain. Ah, to hell with it! I’m complaining. No doubt about it. I wish they’d get on the ball with updating the Windows version.

The Mister is back on the road, and he’s alone this week since I’m at home. I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow. Hopefully, the Doc will give me the cortisone shot in my arm and my rotator cuff will feel better. I have more mobility in it now than I did, but it still hurts like a bitch.

I found a few writer workshops (online) I’d like to attend (not sure if “attend” is the right word, maybe take would be a better word…I’m rambling and over-thinking–that’s what happens when you’re alone for two days after being with someone constantly for a month. I’ve started talking to myself, even when I write. LOL! Or maybe it’s the writer in me. I guess it’s all good as long as I don’t answer myself.

It’s been rainy, gray, and cold here in the South. I’m sick of “inclement” weather and ready for Spring, sunshine, flip-flops, and fruity drinks with alcohol instead of so much coffee and hot chocolate. Though in celebration of St. Patty’s Day I should have gotten myself a bottle of Bailey’s and then the “inclement” weather wouldn’t have been so bad.

Time for me to go back to Scrivener and my character sketches. Gotta love that I can put pictures on theΒ corkboard of my characters…

Characters for 2014 Camp NaNo
Characters for 2014 Camp NaNo

Yep, that’s right. Lots of visual inspiration for my characters. Β The corkboard, binder, and project/document notes are well used by me.

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Posted March 18, 2014 by Burgess Taylor in category "Books", "Home", "Life", "NaNoWriMo", "Scrivener", "Weather", "Writing

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  1. By Cassidy Frazee on

    i do the character pictures as well; I love that Fergus looks like he’s gonna fight wolves, and Tyler I know if gonna be a mean guy. πŸ˜‰

    1. By Burgess Taylor on

      The corkboard is one of my favorite features of Scrivener. I’ll be so glad when the Windows version catches up with the Mac version and I can move things around on the corkboard like I want to–it will be a real inspiration board then.

      1. By Cassidy Frazee on

        They keep saying it’s going to happen, and I expect in a year or so it will. I want to do that, too, and be able to drop things in.

  2. By xabeldichronicles on

    I have never used Scrivener. It’s good that it gives you an option to provide face models for characters. I’d probably spend more time looking for that perfect model to fill up a page, heh.

    Fab choice for Fergus. I also envisioned Liam Neeson as a character in my YA. He has the ferocity I was looking for. Seems Fergus will be someone to watch out for. Good luck with your project! I’m participating too. πŸ˜€

    1. By Burgess Taylor on

      I can’t say enough about how great Scrivener is. Best investment I’ve made when it comes to my writing. I love being able to look at my characters for inspiration and Scrivener makes that possible. πŸ˜€

  3. By Lisa Shaw on

    I, too, look forward with great anticipation to the season of fruity drinks with alcohol. πŸ™‚

    1. By Burgess Taylor on

      Me too. I’m seriously thinking about a DIY backyard patio so I can make the most of our large backyard. Time to get my blender out… πŸ˜€

  4. By Burgess Taylor on

    Thanks. Fergus is the antagonist…He’s one of the Fallen Angels and an assassin. Tyler is going to be a good guy but a badass. He’s my main character’s best friend and he’ll be saving her life over the course of the novel.

  5. By Michelle Mueller on

    Ohh. Scrivener. I’ve never used it, but I’d like to try it out. I guess I’m either really behind on the details or I’ve just never paid attention to these sorts of things, but I didn’t realize Scrivener had so many tools. As I am also preparing for a possible attempt at CampNaNoWriMo, perhaps I should look into this!

    1. By Burgess Taylor on

      Scrivener has a NaNo special trial version that’s free for 30 days and after you win you get like a 20% discount on it or something. I bought mine after my first NaNo and have been hooked since. There are tutorial videos that are extremely helpful. The trial version is good for 30 days so don’t get it too early, but it’s definitely worth a try at least. And it’s worth every dollar I paid for it. I have it on my laptop and my desktop.

      1. By Michelle Mueller on

        Thanks for the advice. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so I’ll definitely check it out.

        1. By Burgess Taylor on

          You’re welcome. They have a regular trial version that doesn’t have anything to do with NaNo as well. But a lot of NaNoers start with the NaNo trial version because it has a template created for NaNo. Good luck!

  6. By Hayley Knighten on

    I love Scrivener and I do the same thing with my character sheets. I even have a Jensen Ackles pic on one of mine. Great minds, think alike πŸ™‚

    1. By Burgess Taylor on

      πŸ™‚ I have a picture of Sam from season one as my protagonist’s male BFF (switched it after the post). I need a badass nerd as the BFF. LOL!

  7. By Caffe Maggieato on

    I gave Scrivener a try but there’s just too many bells and whistles for me. Very easy to get distracted with all of that instead of just writing. But I love the corkboard. Didn’t know you can put pictures on them though! Do you write your novel in Scrivener as well or just do your planning there? Good luck with Camp! I’m giving it a try as well this year. πŸ™‚

    1. By Burgess Taylor on

      I write my novel in Scrivener. Use the Research Folder to import my research. Use the Corkboard as my inspiration board. There is what is called a full screen that you can use so you’re not distracted if you want. I watched several tutorial videos to get the hang of it. Good luck with using Scrivener and not being distracted, and with Camp. πŸ˜€