Ian D Scofield, Writer

Fantasy/Science Fiction/Thriller and Freelance

Category: NaNoWriMo 2016 (Page 1 of 3)

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.

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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.

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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.

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