New to NaNoWriMo? Smash Your Writing Goals with Scrivener

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Time flies, doesn’t it?

NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month, turns 21 in November 2020.

Huzzah, it’s now legally able to buy a beer in the USA!

And there’s no better way for budding authors to celebrate than getting those terrifying first 50 thousand words of a novel written down with Scrivener.

Rated among the best writing apps around today, you’ll be on your way to churning out your future bestseller this November in no time while staying organised both in your head and on your laptop.

So what’s Scrivener?

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Hemingway famously bled at his typewriter, but with the Scrivener app you won’t need to go to such dramatic lengths.

Based on the concept of an online ringbinder, it stores all your ideas, inspiration, and imaginative splurges in one safe place.

It’s a bit like Word but more organised, and it’s good if:

  • You want to have several writing projects on the go at the same time.
  • You like to manage your novel and your notes in one convenient place.
  • You always forget to back up your work – it autosaves every two seconds!

Plus it’s a one-time download product, so you won’t need to worry about a monthly subscription fee.

How can it help me reach my writing goals?

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Because Scrivener keeps everything in order so you don’t have to, it’s an invaluable tool for helping you to stay in the writing ‘flow state’ so you can hit your 50 thousand with ease.

  • You can plan storyboards and outline acts, plots, subplots, and even individual scenes with super-helpful visual index cards.
  • You won’t have to worry about amassing tons of Word document files with random notes anymore – keep them all in the Project Notes section to refer to at anytime.
  • Most importantly, you can keep track of your goals with the Statistics and Project Targets features, helping you hit that daily word-count every time you write.

Think of Scrivener as that friend on the sideline cheering you on while you smash that marathon!

With Scrivener by your side, you can write anything.

I’m downloading it now, how do I get started?

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When you first open a new project on Scrivener, you’ll first need to decide whether you’re working on one of the following:

  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Scriptwriting
  • Miscellaneous (if it’s any other kind of project)

Then you’ll get familiar with the basic interface, which has features such as the toolbar, the format bar, and the binder, which all help keep your novel and notes in order.

Trust me, it might seem daunting at first but you’ll soon fall in love with how it all works when you get the hang of it after a few sessions.

Check out Iasmina below for a handy how-to for first-time users about how to get to grips with Scrivener:

And aside from writing books, It’s also useful if you have other long-form writing or visual projects on the go, such as:

  • A blog (like this one!)
  • A thesis
  • Screenplays
  • Research assignments
  • Art or illustration projects

Plus lots more!

Let us know how you go with Scrivener!

If you prefer the old-school method of pen and paper, that’s fantastic.

Everyone is different, so do what works for you this NaNoWriMo.

And remember that no matter which method you choose to write your novel, getting something – anything – written down is the most important thing.

Good luck, and let us know how you go with Scrivener!

Download your exclusive NaNoWriMo Special Trial Edition of Scrivener here.

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