Novlr: An Online Tool For Writers

Hello All!  During the month of November I used a service called Novlr to write Shao Island.  The service is an online writing platform.  It allows you to network your writing so you can access it from anywhere.

Overall Novlr was exactly what I was looking for, a platform for creative writers that is online.  This platform provided a place to write your actual story and a place to write notes.  It was clean and had multiple themes to make writing at different times of day easier.  It also allowed for download in a nicely formatted manuscript.

What I didn’t like?  The price.  Novlr charges $10 per month.  For the month of November, it was free for NaNoWriMo participants.  Scribophile, a similar program for the computer, is a one time charge.  To pay $10 seems excessive.

I also noticed that it went down at least three times that I can remember during National Novel Writing Month.  For a service that should be up during one of the busiest times, that was disappointing.  It also took away some of my writing time.  The worst part of it was that there was no notifications on their website that they were doing maintenance or anything, just a page saying the website was unavailable.

Lastly, I didn’t like the fact that the word count tracking for NaNoWriMo kept turning itself off.  It also would track all words written, whether in the NaNoWriMo piece or not.  Also deleted words at times.  The normal word count feature on the document worked properly, though.

Overall I would use the program for free if there weren’t alternatives to it available for free online.  As is, I would not pay for the service.  Maybe down the road as the company has more time to work on their service I would consider utilizing it.  The main writing function of it operates well enough that down the road there is potential.

New Theme and Revision Commitment

Hello!  For 2017 WordPress rolled out a new theme, Twenty-Seventeen.  I really liked the theme so I decided to switch over to it for now.  It creates a slightly less cluttered appearance to the site.  I am still looking to change a few things here and there to make it perfect so please bare with me if you can’t find something you are looking for.

Besides that, 2017 is here.  That means that I was finally able to join many others in making a revision commitment for my NaNoWriMo 2016 novel.  Shao Island Chapter 1 has been revised and there is already a comment on it.

I am working to create some revisions to it.  I have gotten several comments about how Chapter 1 was written and trying to decide how to handle it.  I’ll let you know when there is more available!

NaNoWriMo Printed Copies

As I mentioned before, I had the FedEx store print out two copies of Shao Island for me.  I have picked up both copies and they are great!  Way better than I expected.

My order was about 69 pages long, double sided.  I ordered both books to have a “antique” colored cover.  The cover color was not quite what I was expecting but it does differentiate the cover from the rest of the document, which, I guess was its purpose.

Each piece of paper is of high quality. They feel durable and while I have only bent one so far, it was able to withstand it.  While I realize that I didn’t purchase the highest quality paper that FedEx has, I was a little surprised by how much my pens bled through. As you can see in the above picture, and below picture, both blue and orange pens bled through noticably.  The bleeding does not interfere with the reading of the document though.  It also does not upset me because I realize that I didn’t order the thickest paper.  I’ll do that for the final copy.

I ordered the document bound with a spiral.  Based on past binding projects I have gotten from other sources, I was expecting a plastic binding with little teeth.  This was a legitamate spiral binding that holds my book together quite nicely.

A Sample of Revision

As I told you, I have been working to revise Shao Island.  Here is a sample of some of the revision.

Passing a leather ball between the two of us, Chelsea and I raced down the street of the Merchant District.  We dodged, weaved, and ducked around those who were selling their wares and traveling the strets.  As we ran, we took turns passing the ball harder and harder between us.  The competition fueled by each pass of the ball.

I grabbed the ball from midair and threw it at Chelsea with most of my strength.  When the ball left my hand I immediately knew that I had thrown it too hard but it was too late to take the throw back. Like a rock it thwacked into Chelsea’s right abdomen.  There was fire in her eyes as she cranked her arm back to throw the ball at me.  Looking at her side then at me, a mischievous look spread across her face.

Chapter 1 has already been completely revised and it will be posted on Scribophile soon.  Once it has gone through a phase or two of Scribophile editing, I will post the chapter again.

Keep an eye out for more of my posts to come. I have a variety of ideas for posts and will continue to keep you updated.

NaNoWriMo 2016 Finale

Hello Folks!  Late last night came a miraculous point.  I finished my novel for National Novel Writing Month 2016.  I finished with just over 50,000 words.

NaNoWriMo 2016 Winner's Certificate

This time around I feel like I have come to a solid ending for Shao Island.  I also feel that the story has a much more concrete plot.  That doesn’t mean it is over yet.  NaNoWriMo 2016 also comes with the option to make a revision pledge.  As soon as this is available I plan to do so.

I have ordered from FedEx store two bound copies of Shao Island.  I will keep one copy, unmarked to have as a reminder of NaNoWriMo 2016.  The other copy will be used to make edits and further revise my novel.

Lastly, I want to thank NaNoWriMo for hosting such a great event.  Every year I look forward to November because it is the one month that I feel forced to write in.  It is also an inspiring month.  I feel like it helps me be creative and let loose on the page.

Stay tuned because I have more posts coming about NaNoWriMo 2016.  These will include a spotlight on Novlr.org, the service I used to write this year’s novel, a review of the quality of the FedEx prints, revision updates, and more details about Shao Island.  I have been told that people really liked the original constant updates with samples from the original Shao Island and will do something similar as the days go on.