Ok, as I start my first nanowrimo day, I’m doing some specific things to make my revision life easier when this madness is all done.
#1 I’m creating “chapter titles” using the document map in Word (view-document map). Your “titles” have to be in outline level one (format-paragraph-then to the right side-outline level) These aren’t the chapter titles that will appear in the published book, these are the three word action synopses that I can use to quickly find the section of the novel. Believe me, this may take a moment when you are writing, but it saves ten times that when you have 180 pages and are searching for that place where….
I’m no Word expert, so there may be an easier way to make your “titles” in outline level one. If you know it, teach me!
#2 Use tracked changes in Word (tools-track changes) to place a comment call out whenever you name a character, mention a location/setting or give a time/season reference. Track changes takes some getting used to as well, but take it from someone who spent the summer revising, any time saved now will really make your life easier later. I know you are busy getting 50,000 words on the page, but give it a thought. If you’re anything like me, you can name a character on one page and give him a totally new name on the next. This will help you go back and look for that name that easily blends into the other words.
When you open track changes, Word will add a tool bar to your screen. You will need to click on show and change the setting so that only ‘comments’ is working. Otherwise, you will be seeing every insertion/deletion, formatting change and ink annotations. Again, if you are a Word expert, send me your notes on how to make this work better. I’d love to hear them!! I learned to use Track changes when my book was published, that is how the editor and I sent our recommendations back and forth. It is a very useful tool.
#3 Write the climax through ending first. I know that everyone says you don’t really know what will happen and that its good to let your character hijack your novel, and I did that last time. It was fun and my characters did all kinds of excellent crazy things that now don’t really seem to fit. So this time, I’m trying a more structured approach. I have an outline, a timeline and now, after 2308 words, an ending. We’ll see what happens!
#4 Need help pounding words onto the page? http://drwicked.com/
#5 Community!!! Don’t try to go it alone. Find someone else doing wrimo that you can write with or plug into the online community or me!! and do some word challenges, commiseration and fun!!
Good luck and Good Writing!!!