Lessons learned in NaNoWriMo 2014

NaNoWriMo is a new experience every year.  Whether I win or lose, there is always a lesson to be learned in it.

Considering I still have more than 40k to go until the goal, and there are only three days left until the end of the month, I think I will be losing this year.  I feel this year, though, as I felt after NaNoWriMo 2012,  that I learned as much (if not more) from my failure as I do when I win.
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By Katharine Swan On Friday, November 28, 2014 At 4:09 PM 0 comments

Why I love Scrivener: Let me count the ways

I have loved Scrivener since I first started using it, a little over two years ago.  In fact, when I upgraded to a new computer, I skipped Word altogether, and use Scrivener for all of my client work as well as my novels and other projects.  Even short blog posts for clients get written in Scrivener.

Here is a great blog post that lists a few of Scrivener's most useful features, especially for NaNoWriMo participants.  Another blog post on Scrivener that I find useful is this one, about using Scrivener with Dropbox so that your projects are always stored in the cloud, and you don't have to worry about ever losing your work.
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By Katharine Swan On Wednesday, November 19, 2014 At 11:30 AM 0 comments

Working the write-ins

I've been trying to go to a lot of write-ins this year during NaNoWriMo, more than I usually do.  I was originally planning on not working on client work at these write-ins, but sadly that hasn't always been the case.  However, I've made sure to always work on my NaNo project for at least a little during the write-in.
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By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 At 10:45 PM 0 comments

Feast

Ironically, since it's been the first two weeks of NaNoWriMo, I've been super busy lately -- my freelance work picked up right at the beginning of the month.  With lots of deadlines, I've been struggling with keeping up on both my NaNo project and my blogs.  Nonfiction is proving to be much harder to write for NaNo than fiction, so even when I do get time (or make time) to write, it's slower going.  As I tell my NaNo friends, it makes a difference that I can't just make something up when I get stuck!
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By Katharine Swan On Monday, November 17, 2014 At 6:27 PM 0 comments

NaNoWriMo 2014: Making progress

After several days of not working much on my NaNoWriMo project, I finally made some progress.  I wrote a little over a thousand words on Tuesday, and another thousand or so yesterday.  My progress both days occurred largely at and after write-ins, of course.
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By Katharine Swan On Friday, November 07, 2014 At 8:25 PM 0 comments

Write-ins and resolutions

There's a lot of write-ins planned this year.  The Denver region of NaNoWriMo has gotten quite large and active since I first started participating in 2006, and it's amazing to see the amount of activity on the forums and all the write-ins that get scheduled.

Aside from the Friday write-ins that I plan every year, this year I also plan on attending write-ins on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday afternoons.  There are sometimes spontaneous or one-off write-ins that happen, too, and I am going to join a friend for one or two of those this weekend as well.
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By Katharine Swan On Thursday, November 06, 2014 At 2:28 PM 0 comments

Freelancing fail and NaNoWriMo's slow start

Last week was a rough week, and not very productive.  My mom moved and so I spent a lot of time helping her, putting off freelancing work as well as outlining this year's project for NaNoWriMo.  As a result, I had to cram to get all of my freelance work done by the deadline over the weekend, and I also spent my writing time at the NaNo kickoff party outlining my project instead.
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By Katharine Swan On Wednesday, November 05, 2014 At 1:09 AM 0 comments

Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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