As you can imagine, writing out such strange names can be a chore, even if you don’t suffer from Frequent Typo Syndrome. Stopping to check how a city name is spelled or if it’s “i before e” can really slow your writing — or kill your muse dead right where you sit.
Getting it right doesn’t matter for the first draft. But there’s a neater way. A better way. A brilliant way: Liquid Story Binder’s built-in Auto Text Complete tool.
Last time, I gave you 8 awesome ways to help your cat stay chill in the summer heat. That post was all about staying hydrated. This one’s more about getting some cool air circulating. (Are you sensing an elemental theme here?)
Only some of Kaska’s edginess was reflex born of [#that thing you feel when you’re scared]
These are quotes from the first draft of the second book in my Guardians trilogy.
Kaska’s head jerked up to look in the direction Rastik pointed, a stick of [#liquorice] dangling from between his teeth.
I hadn’t explored much beyond the main setting of The Dragon Lord, so I was pretty much world-building as I wrote. I was working on NANOWRIMO and using Liquid Story Binder’s typewriter mode, so I didn’t want to stop every couple of sentences to name the stuff I was talking about. Doing so would have distracted me from the story; I didn’t want to risk losing the inspiration because I’d already had to ditch one version of The Spy Master and I didn’t want to have to abandon a second.
Kas frowned dubiously at the creatures Rastik had pointed out. They weren’t [#flatrunners] as Rastik had hoped for, but the [#cliff-riders] were good enough climbers that they’d make up for the loss in speed.
It’s been a while since I released a freebie for tracking your NANOWRIMO word count. Since Camp is just around the corner again, here’s a mini booklet for your Happy Planner!
There are three pages in this booklet: the tracker in the preview above, a month-on-one-page calendar, and a before-and-after summary page.
The border is large enough for punching along one side, or you can tape it into your planner and trim the excess instead.
You can either print all three pages (which gives you a blank side for extra notes) or print just any two pages you need double-sided. You can even fold it in half and trim one side so it opens out and doesn’t cover your weekly spread altogether if you want it where you can’t forget it.
Print on A4 (make sure to uncheck “fit to size”) and trim the excess.
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll already know that I took part in April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I didn’t want to write a novel this time (I’m still working on my Guardians trilogy that I started in 2011!) so instead I focused on simply writing every day using a handy prompt sheet by Eva Deverell.