Good morning all. We’ve got all the usual teas and coffees and this week Husband has even shown me how to use the coffee machine. Daughter, bless her, has made cup cakes. Help yourself: they are in the fridge. Thai icing bears an uncanny resemblance to liberally sweetened shaving foam so we made them with butter icing…but it’s too warm to leave them out over the course the day.
Procrastinating, getting sidetracked or downright avoidance: they’re all occupational hazards of writing. When I look back at my first eighteen months with the Novel Racers I let lots of thing preoccupy me other than the writing.
Among these were the practicalities of writing; the admin, if you like. Not how to string words together to make a sentence but the how to organise my folders and documents on my computer. I lost a lot of time to this.
I heard the names of Scrivener and Novel Novelist being bandied about… I even bought Novel Novelist, hoping that it was the magic fairy I needed. I didn’t really figure out how to use it and ended up back with Word. But I still stressed about it. Should I have a document per chapter? Or have one large document for the whole thing. Are there technical implications here? Is a large document more likely to crash than a smaller one?
In the end it was the mentoring that saved me from further shilly shallying (oh in so many ways.) 10k of words was the amount that I sent to my mentor and I’ve continued with that since I finished my six sessions. They are just about manageable chunks. I have a document per 10k words, named PoliteLiesSection1 or 2 or 8 as in the one I’m working on now.
Of course, I should’ve asked these questions a long time ago, in order to stop myself procrastinating, but I’m still interested to know how you manage the practical side of writing your novel. How do you organise what is an unwieldy beast? Do you use writing software, or stick to something simpler? What about documents, files and folders? I can’t be the only one with disorganised folders full of chaos, surely?