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Evernote vs. Scrivener

The unofficial report…

I’ve been using Evernote for years. It took me a solid six months to figure out what exactly I was supposed to do with it. Once I discovered how to organize files into a living outline, the game was officially changed.

The second year of using the program, I started three new large writing projects. Not only was I able to juggle the different projects and keep progressing, but I was able to easily organize any research or notes related to each one.

The following year, I started really unlocking Evernote’s potential. It has become my go-to organizer. Photos, notes, websites, recipes… Nothing is safe from the vault with the little green elephant icon. Until now.

I started noticing that I was having formatting issues with longer documents. I am not the type of personality that can take time for simple issues with no blatant answer. My ADHD simply will not allow me to just tinker and figure it out. After losing a day to formatting, I started looking into Scrivener.

In my writing forums, there seems to be a very definite split between the Scrivs and the Scriv-nots. I’ve considered trying out this program for a while now, but always got that nagging worry about user-friendliness.

In June, I made the jump. You get a 30-day free trial and it is based on 30 uses, not a time frame. Considering I don’t consistently write daily right now, it was kind of a no-brainer. I became a Scrivener test monkey.

Back in July, I hit my Camp NaNo goal and that meant I got some interesting swag. One of the prizes offered to Camp winners was a 50% off code for Scrivener. During my test period in early summer I got to where I felt comfortable enough with it to put up the small fee for the download.

The program gets a lot of mixed reviews from writers. Most of the seasoned users will tell you that it takes a little bit of a learning curve, but that it’s worth it. A lot of the rest of them will bemoan the day they ever thought they might attempt to conquer that beast. The “it’s worth it” is why I decided to go for the full access program.

Honestly, it’s very much like Evernote — for books. There’s been almost no learning curve for me, but admittedly I haven’t attempted to publish or query yet. Soon enough, I’ll report back on that.

If you’re on the fence and serious about finishing your project, go for it. Actually, if you can wait you should win NaNo or Camp and get the 50% off code. It’s a great program, but saving money is always better.

 

Exciting News!

Exciting news! I was just made a NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for the Finger Lakes Region!

If you’re in the area and either already a WriMo, or want to become one, look us up on the forums!

In case you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, let me expand on this a little.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and is a free program and community for writers of all experience levels. The basic goal is to write a complete first draft novel during the month of November. It’s a community effort of group write-ins, word sprints and mentoring, both online and in person. It is a growing experience and a safe space for creative expression.

NaNo is broken up into regions for promotion, support, and other benefits. The Finger Lakes region is basically Cayuga, Ontario, Seneca, Tompkins, Yates and Wayne, NY counties. The ML is the coordinator for the Regional events. During NaNo (November) & the camps (April & July) they organize meet ups, write-ins, social events, etc. They are also the moderator(s) of their regional forum.

I’m still unpacking all of the information, but I wanted to shout this out. More to come, soon!

KHS

Winning

August 1, 2019

I have been participating in NaNoWriMo for 10 years, and Camp NaNo in April & July for each of the last 5 years, for a grand total of 20 attempts. This is the first time that I have finished a brand new writing project during one of the month-long events. It is a rough draft memoir about motherhood and mental health.

It’s ugly. It’s nowhere near done. And it will probably stay that way. However, I did learn a few things about myself during this process — and got a new novel idea, which I started mapping out today!

Campasset-Instagram

Honestly, I don’t feel that much different than I did a week ago — except that now I have actually set a writing goal that I achieved. I always get around to getting it done, but never on time. Frankly, my confidence about my writing has been in the toilet lately. There’s been a lot of *meh* in my notebooks these last few years.

  • My lack of teasable and usable ideas
  • My inability to commit to any ideas long enough to create something worth getting excited about
  • My obvious ignorance about the entire process
  • ADHD (that actually explained A LOT)
  • Lack of time &/or focus in my personal life
  • Overall ennui

To be able to say that I pushed through even when I had no idea how I could, would or should, has been a boost to morale around my writing desk. I know that I can finish these other projects. More than knowing that I can, I now how to get it done. I’m excited to move onto my next project, and I hope it turns out to be worthy of sharing.

Keep on scribbling!

~K~

WIP Progress – May 2019

May 31, 2019 – Friday

My goal for this week was to update my website and finish a chapter on my work-in-progress. I was able to update my website last night, although I have made a mental note to *never* attempt to do that again from my mobile. What a nightmare! I haven’t been able to write much today, but I did work on my book cover. I’m not sure I like it yet, but I needed something as a placeholder for another spot.

cover - IDEK letters on motherhood

So, there you have it. I’m not a graphic designer, nor have I ever claimed to be. This one doesn’t sing to me. I may have to get my husband on the payroll once I finish the book. This is kind of his day job area.

My goal for this project is to complete the 1st draft before June 30th so that I can use July’s Camp Nanowrimo to work on edits. Ultimately, I want this completed by Labor Day. After that, I’ll have to figure out the publishing parts!

2019 Projects

Spring 2019

As of May, I am still writing the 1st draft of my Camp Nano project, working title: IDEK: Letters on Motherhood. I didn’t actually get as much written in April as I wanted, but May has been much more productive. I’m aiming for a completed rough draft for Summer Camp Nanowrimo in June!

In April, I am participating in Camp Nanowrimo. My current project is an expository collection of short stories based on life after Motherhood. It’s weird and ugly, and beautiful – and not enough people talk about it honestly.

Winter 2018-19

In January, I gave birth to my third child – a daughter – and began the planning of my latest work.

2018 Projects

April 2018 – Camp NaNoWriMo

GRACE, INDEED

God is not dead.

This is the story of a once deeply religious child, who became a hard, stoic woman abandoned by God and abused by religion and humanity. Trying to live a decent life in spite of a lack of community and healthy family influence, the death of her partner’s mother sets in motion a trail of bread crumbs to follow, leading back home to God.

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June 2018 – Camp NaNoWriMo

RAT KING

Ella is modern woman with extravagant tastes and an independent spirit that will not be tamed by the thumb of the Great Depression. An unlikely alliance leads her out of the obscurity of the kitchens and reluctantly into the spot light. Old ties and new enemies ultimately land her squarely in the bullseye of one of Central New York’s oldest organized crime families.

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November 2018 – NaNoWriMo

Leprechaun Luncheon: A Love Story

A Memoir – themes dealing with mental health, partnership and the ghosts of dreams.

book cover - Leprechaun Luncheon - rsz_leprechau