For Novemeber’s Hustle challenge, I thought I’d invite you to join in with me. That’s because November is home to an annual challenge which many people take part in. NaNoWriMo. If you’ve never heard of NaNoWriMo, it is an annual challenge where people aim to write a Novel (50,000 words) in the month of November (National Novel Writing Month). I’ve tried this challenge before and got pretty far, I didn’t finish my novel in the month but I did later on. I’ve also tried taking some different takes on NaNoWriMo that other people have advocated. These include writing a non-fiction book in November, writing a long blog post every day (you need to write 1,667 words a day) or writing a journal. It’s really up to you.
My aim for November will be to write a fiction book during the month. One that will be useful for people. I’m still working out exactly what I’ll do for it and I’d love to do one for readers of iPad Guild but I suspect it might be a little too meta and possible self referential doing that. Instead, I might make one for another site I write for (probably ChurchM.ag) and share my progress on here.
NaNoWriMo iPad Tools
As for tools for writing an ebook on the iPad. There are several great apps that can help you make an ebook. The two primary ones are Scrivener, and Ulysses. Ulysses is how I created the optin gift for iPad Guild, Scrivener wasn’t out then but it is now and I’ve used Scrivener a lot on the Mac in the past. Then there are other apps like Ebook creator and even Pages (where you can export as a PDF or Epub even.)
Another useful set of tools can be mind mapping tools like iThoughts (mindmap) and MindNode – Delightful Mind Mapping. These can help you create an outline and descriptions of characters. These help you get inspired and have something to focus on when you are writing.
For myself, I’m going to use Scrivener for the most part. It is design for making books and is the tool that many people use for NaNoWriMo. In fact, I think there has been a symbiotic benefit for both NaNoWriMo and Scrivener with each other. It’s also a chance for me to really put Scrivener for iOS through it’s paces and find out where it falls short.
I plan to do some video and audio updates on how things go during this challenge. Really short parts sharing my progress and challenges but obviously that’s a substantial amount of work in addition to actually…you know, doing the work. So ultimately if I have to choose between talking/writing about writing and writing…I’m going to choose writing.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo?
If you are taking part in NaNoWriMo this year, in some shape or form, let me know in the comments (especially if you are using iOS only).