Novels and writing tools

Last week I came across an article on JulNoWriMo (July Novel Writing Month) and feeling brave, I promptly joined up. I have this idea for a book that’s been rattling around in my head for almost two years now. This (I thought excitedly) would be a great motivator to get that book onto paper. Although I have been dabbling in small pieces of writing for a while now, I have never attempted anything larger than the odd blog post and website page. Now that I have been busy for almost a week I realise that updating the blog is much more fun compared to the discipline required to get 50 000 words into an acceptable order. But being the geek I am, I did find some great tools to help the aspiring author.

The programme I find most useful is yWriter. Developed by a writer for his own work, this little program is making my writing life very easy. This nifty program will let you organise every piece of information into nice, neat little compartments. You can set up character descriptions, places, chapters and scenes easily. The interface is quite intuitive and once you realise that you can drag and drop your scenes from one chapter to another, the world is your mollusc!

The other resource that is worth visiting is the Serendipity site. It has an extensive list of generators that will satisfy almost any inner geek. My favourite so far is definitely the online handle generator followed closely by the community name generator.  And if these are not enough for you, you can always try the Seventh Sanctum.  If you can think of it, they probably have a generator for it. The trick is not to spend all your writing time playing with the generators ^-^

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