I’m biased – I really like the full toolset of Scrivener. If you’re doing Nanowrimo this year and want to check out Scrivener, see below. For less firepower (but easier budgeting), I’d also highly recommend FocusWriter.
NaNoWriMo 2014 Trial – for Mac and Windows
Scrivener’s first users were Wrimos – I posted an early beta of Scrivener for the Mac on the NaNo Technology forums back in 2005, and those initial users kindly spread the word about Scrivener and provided feedback that has helped shape and improve the program. It has therefore been our great pleasure to give something back by sponsoring NaNoWriMo for the past few years, and so here we are sponsoring NaNoWriMo 2014, with some great offers for those taking part. We’re also offering a special trial version that will last you all the way throughout November, even if you’ve tried Scrivener before – read on for details.
Special Trial Version
Scrivener’s trial normally runs for thirty days of use, but so that you can start using Scrivener before NaNoWriMo begins without worrying about the trial expiring part-way through November, the special NaNo trial available on this page will run from the moment you start using it all the way up until 7th December. So you can download it, get used to its features, use it for your writing throughout November, and if you like it you can buy Scrivener at a discounted price using one of the special offers below.
50% Discount for All NaNoWriMo 2014 Winners
If you achieve your personal target to become a NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner, you will be eligible for a 50% discount off the regular licence of Scrivener (which is normally $45 for the Mac version and $40 for the Windows version). Details will appear on the Winner Goodies page at the start of December.
20% Discount for Everyone Else
Even if you don’t reach your target this year, you can still get 20% off the regular price of Scrivener by entering the discount code NANOWRIMO into the coupon code text field of our online web store.
All down the lane, pumpkins are hung with care. Little boys and girls, their faces covered in mock blood, drift to sleep. Visions of overflowing bags of candy bring the children peace. While nearby, burrowed in their alcoves, huddling behind their keyboards, the season’s true denizens stir. Steamy mugs of caffeinated bliss leave ringed stains on makeshift desks.
They fly through the night, seeking homes. Words forming sentences, sentences forming paragraphs, dialog, and thought. The season of darkness is upon us!
It is NanoWriMo once more!
For those of you new to the blog, or at least unfamiliar with Nanowrimo, every November there is a friendly little contest known as National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo. The idea is that for one month (November), folks gather around and try to hack out that novel they’ve always said they were going to write. To win you just need to reach 50,000 words before December 1 – not necessarily finish writing, but 50k. In the last 5 years, I’ve made it twice, failed twice, and abstained once.
The question before me is: am I going to do it this year? Unlike past years, this year I’m working from home, which means I don’t have to deal with the trials of a commute sucking at my time. In theory, time has always been the biggest hurdle for me, and I technically have that time this year. I want to waffle and say I have nothing to write about, but I know that’s not true. That’s just me trying to avoid writing the novel. Ironic, since I just explained that the point of Nanowrimo is to get off your duff and write that novel you’ve been avoiding.
I have a little over a week to decide, but I think we all know how this ends.
I’m not proud, but its true – my novel progress is floundering. At this exact moment, I’m not even sure how I’ve managed this in years past. I think a lot of it, while its fun to blame the job, is really down to not being motivated by the story I’m writing. It just doesn’t excite me. I could keep writing it, even finish it, but if the artist feels the story is limping, what kind of story will it turn out to be?
Don’t worry, more writing progress to be posted shortly. But not likely to be nanowrimo related. In the interim, a bearded face and a tribute to Rodin for his birthday this week.