Just One Thing

Today is Halloween, a scary time of year, indeed. But tomorrow is something even scarier, something that can strike fear in the heart of the most stalwart writer… The beginning of NaNoWriMo.

In case you haven’t heard, that funny word up there stands for National Novel Writing Month. Each year, writers from around the world dedicate the month of November to writing a 50,000 word novel. Not a perfect, ready-for-publication novel, but something that you can edit into shape. It started in 1999 with 21 writers in the San Francisco Bay area. Last year, over 300,000 adult writers participated. It’s become a big thing, a way for writers to encourage each other and get the oft-needed kick in the pants to get working.

If you’re planning to participate, you’ve undoubtedly signed up on the NaNo site, contacted your writing buddies, and checked out many of the resources available. So, in the spirit of working together (in a profession where we very often work in solitude) I thought it would be fun to share ONE THING: one thing that keeps you focused; one thing to help you maximize your writing time; one tool you want to try this year… you get the idea.

Here’s my one thing: This year, I’ve decided to use a site called Novl’r to do my writing. It looks promising, for several reasons. It was created by writers, for writers. It has at-a-glance stats to help you track your progress and simple aids like Focus Mode, which removes anything from the screen other than the writing window. In honor of NaNo, it’s free for the month of November, so I figured, why not give it a try? I found out about it through Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/novlr/?fref=ts) in what is probably the first of their ads I’ve actually clicked on.

Now it’s your turn. What’s your one thing for November?

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Jennifer AlLee was born in Hollywood, California, and grew up above a mortuary one block away from the famous intersection of Hollywood & Vine. Now she lives in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, which just goes to prove she’s been blessed with a unique life. When she’s not busy spinning tales, she enjoys playing games with friends, attending live theater and movies, and singing at the top of her lungs to whatever happens to be playing on Pandora. Although she’s thrilled to be living out her lifelong dream of being a novelist, she considers raising her son to be her greatest creative accomplishment. You can visit her on Facebook, Pinterest, or her website.