Tag Archives: first draft

Writer’s Resource: Word Count Applications

With NaNo fast approaching, here are a few options to help encourage achieving the daily word count goal.

Write or Die – this offers the carrot and stick options for writing, using pictures, sounds and colors based on how well the writing goes. Application charges fee for download.

750Words – based on the idea of writing three pages a day, the site offers rewards in the form of points and monthly contests. Site charges a fee after a free trial membership.

Written? Kitten! – operates on a reward system. Site shows a picture after so many words. Default is of kittens, but can be changed. Use is free.

ilys – does not allow the writer to edit until the world goal is reached.  The writing box doesn’t even show the entire document, just the last letter type. Once the word count is reached then you can access the full piece and edit. Use is free.

Writeometer – an android app that supplies graphs for tracking word counts, rewards for achieving goals, and sends notifications to remind you to write. Download is free.

There is also the previously mentioned HabitRPG.

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly

 

Writer’s Resource: Scrivener

Scrivener

Scrivener is a writing program offered by Literature and Latte. They are another sponsor of NaNo and offer a free 30 day trial. Scrivener offers tool such as a corkboard, files for easy formatting, a place to store research, and easy import/export from other software.

As I mentioned in a previous post, there is a free alternative, with less functionality offered through SpaceJock Software. Also available is Jami Gold’s Scrivener template beat sheet.

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Aeon Timeline

Aeon Timeline

Aeon Timeline is an organization tool that offers a twenty day free trial or is available for download through the website. It is a timeline designed to help plot out the course of a book whether it is character arcs or specific events.

I am a Pantser, so I have not yet dug into the specifics of Aeon Timeline, but NaNo has promoted it for the last couple years as a way to get ready for the month-long madness.

May the Muse be With You,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Brandon Sanderson Lectures

Write About Dragons

Brandon Sanderson, a SF/F writer most known for his Mistborn series and finishing the late Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time Series, is also a teacher at BYU.

The link brings you to a series of lectures recorded over a semester’s course.  It is not Sanderson’s website, but a former student’s, Scott Ashton, who made the recording as a part of gaining his Masters.

There are actually two sets of lectures, one from 2012, the other 2013, but from different courses. Since Sanderson does teach both, expect some overlap on topics.

The site does not work well with IE, so if you don’t have/want to download Mozilla Firefox or Chrome, here is a link to the YouTube versions.

May the Muse be with you,

Kelly

Writer’s Resource: Beat Sheets

Story Planning Worksheets

Jami Gold, a paranormal romance and urban fantasy author, created a spreadsheet that works around the Beat Sheets Blake Snyder shares in his book, Save The Cat. As if that weren’t enough, she created many more based on other writing techniques, among them Larry Brooks’ Story Engineering.

Depending on your writing style, (pantser vs plotter, character vs plot) there should be something that will help organize that amazing idea into something resembling a story.

May the Muse be with you,

Kelly

Writers Resource: Snowflake Guy

Snowflake Guy

Randy Ingermanson, “the snowflake guy,” runs the Advanced Fiction Writing site.  There, he details his snowflake method for outlining/drafting a novel, which is what he is most well-known for.

He provides some free tools, including the snowflake method and an e-zine.

If it seems like the snowflake method might work for you, he offers a software program based on the steps.  That part you have to pay to get.

May the Muse be with you,

Kelly