I haven’t blogged lately (nothing new), but don’t feel guilty (an improvement).
It’s NaNoWriMo Day#23, and I have 48,301 words written (typed). I had planned to use an old notebook for my novel. I had my No.5 mechanical pencil (and extra lead) ready. It turns out that the notebook I had saved for years is still blank.
I have written easily over 30,000 words in Notes on my phone. I told a writer friend of mine this.
Writer Friend: Amazing! I’m so excited for you. It’s so 2018.
Me: You’ve been to at least 100 book events. How many times have you gone to an event and heard an author say that they wrote their book on their phone?
Friend: Never. It’s very innovative. You have a great book tour story.
Well, it’s nice to have a friend that believes in me! As for my ‘innovative’ medium, I can’t say that I would recommend this to anyone, ever. It has though allowed me the freedom to write during the day and around my children’s schedules. I will hit the 50,000-word mark later today sometime between Kindergarten pickup and my daughter’s OT appointment. I might need the MTR (subway) ride home to finish those final few words.
While the flexibility of using my phone has its advantages, it also has limitations. It’s very hard to get a sense of the flow of the novel when working in Notes. Mine tend to range from soundbites to paragraphs to chapters. I’ve been using iCloud to send the Notes to my laptop. I then cut and paste them into Scrivener by dropping them into preassigned chapter headings – says no published novelist, ever.
I will comfortably reach my goal of 50,000 words and will also be able to complete the first draft (ending at about 60,000 words) by the end of November.
I’ve enjoyed the process though I think that I will steer towards using a more traditional medium in the future. I can’t wait (for real) to begin editing and get to meet my characters for the first time in December.