Just in time for NaNoWriMo, I thought that I would start sharing some helpful tips as we lead up to NaNoWriMo. I am a lover of all things NaNoWriMo and I love to talk about it too!
So I think I will start with ways to keep track of your word count. There are several way to do this and it is very much a personal style choice. So here are just a few out of the many, many ways one can track a word count!
I will start off with what I shared in my post about my Writing Corner. I shared about my dry ease white board. Last time I shared it, all it had was just my word count (in green). But since then I have added blog posts, NaNoWriMo updates and a few other little things! 🙂 I find this way really helpful for two really big reasons: it’s bright and colorful and it’s visible for all to see! 🙂 It hold me accountable to all who can see the calendar – mainly my husband who tends to remind about my lacking word count!
Another way to keep track of your word count is via an online counter. My most favorite one is StoryToolz. This has a lot to offer from word count meters to random conflict generators. It’s extremely helpful for anyone from someone who just wants to keep track of his/her word count to someone who is stuck in the mist of writer’s block. Also, did I mention that it has a widget that you can add to your blog? Like this one?
Another way to keep track of your word count is on an excel spreed sheet. NaNo-tracking-grid I have had this one for a little while floating around on my computer. To be honest, I can’t remember where I got it from. I did not create this but I find it so helpful that I really want to share it. It is really great for NaNoWriMo but you really could use it for pretty much all year around!
That seems to my top three ways of keeping track of your word count. I hope you enjoyed it! Please share it with a friend!
Today’s Writing 101 assignment is all about where the magic happens – in other words, where the writing happens! I love sharing about my writing space. (It also asks questions about writing habits, equipment and other things. I will get to that in a few!)
We had just moved into a new place and it had a sun room. It was dead space for us for quite a while but them we decided to create an amazing place for work to happen! It has become my favorite place in the house.
We have two desks, a corner desk and then a small glass top desk (that we have had forever!) It has become our work corner!
This is the main computer in the house: As you can tell, I have sticky notes all around the screen and I am never far from my notebook! 😀 We also have surround sound speakers that I like to use (I listen to classical or just instrumental soundtracks) when I am writing heavy or important screens!
The other half of our corner desk. This is where we keep pens, sticky notes, books, and other important stuff for life and writing! 🙂 (As you may have guessed, I use the desk more but my husband does use it to get his paperwork done for his work!)
We have had this desk for such a long time! It houses our (very) ancient laptop that I use when my husband needs to get some work done! If you take a look on the wall, you see a calendar. Keep this in mind, I will talk more about it later on! 🙂
On the other side of the room are my bookshelves! But I will go over those another day (and when my daughter hasn’t help rearrange them for the tenth time that day!)
What are your writing habits?
I am a strong believer of writing everyday. I am a 100% night owl and I get most of my great writing done after the needs of the house are done and asleep! I also keep an eye on my word count! I am a lover of NaNoWriMo on top of that all so I have high writing count goals with a short period of time. But this doesn’t work for everyone and I understand. I have had to train myself for this (and I am thinking of creating an eBook to share how I do it with others! Keep your eyes open!)
What equipment or supplies do you use to write?
Now I have a few different things that I use. First I tend to always have a three ringer binder with filler paper! I love these things. (I love all kinds of office supplies!) But I am a huge fan of binders (I use them for pretty much everything from brain storming to editing and showing off) But I think I will post about my love of binders in the future.
Once upon a time I used to be all about ‘handwriting’ all my stuff because that is what all the great have done… But they all lived before computers have taken front and center. So I do use the computer for about 95% of my writing. I use Word for a quick thought that I have before I can really work on them. For most part, (close to 90% of my writing) I use Scrivener. There is some much I can say about this program (and so many other writers agree with me!) But for the moment I will just say that is awesome and that you should go check it out! <3
What do you need and or want in a physical space?
Most important things to me, for my writing space, are a comforty chair, a solid working computer and a door. But I love to have a great sound system to blast off all my classical music and chocolate! Other than that, I am happy! 🙂
Now, before I go, I wanted to share something with you guys. Remember earlier in this post I told you to keep an eye on the calendar on the wall? Well, here is a close up to it. . This where I keep track of my word counts every day. You can click on the picture so you can see how many words I have gotten this month! (Sorry I have HORRIBLE handwriting.) But I strongly suggest that you do something like this. This works for me! I hate seeing zeros on there! Don’t worry the first month about getting high word counts; just worry about getting words on the page and then put how many you wrote. Then aim to write more!
Well, that’s all for me at the moment! Keep an eye out for more posts about what I talked about! 🙂