In preparation for my Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon, I’m publishing a writing-related post every day.
This is the preparation phase. It’s 27 days to the kick-off of the Write-a-Thon, which means it’s the perfect time to evaluate all the things you need to complete the task.
Got the story idea? Check!
Got the plot set? No? There is still time to dive into some great writing-related websites and get some plotting advice. (Trust me, this is the stage I am at at the moment and I will be writing about my experiences with plotting later on in the countdown.)
Got the perfect environment ready? Got your office and PC desk tidy? Don’t have those…? Then, got the living room sideboard turned into a writing desk with your paper and pen ready? Not going traditional…? You got your spot on the sofa reserved and your laptop ready? Check! Remember to tell the kids/partner/house mates to be quiet during writing time.
Now, are you using software that does your writing justice?
Naturally, some are happy to use the old word processor, in whatever shape or form it comes. But some of us might be helped by checking out DailyWritingTips’s 25+ Pieces of Writing Software You Should Know About. It’s a great list of writing-related software that might be of help to you. The categories listed are Collaborative Documents, Word Processors, Fiction, Organising and Formatting, Minimise Distractions, Scientific Writing, Improving your English, Typing, Blogging and Journaling.
Personally, I’ve just downloaded the 30-day trial of Scrivener, which is also in the list under Organising and Formatting, but really it’s a fully integrated package and could be listed under Fiction quite as easily. I will write the whole thing in Scrivener, but I must say, I already look forward to using all the extra options for organising the software provides.
Whichever tool you prefer, you should be able to find a package that fits your needs and preferences in the article.
Write-a-Thon here I come, fully prepared!
Victoria is going to write her first (semi-) full length work of fiction, a novella of around 40k words, during the Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon 2011. Would you like to motivate her and support a great charity? Check out her writer’s page here.