NaNoWriMo Day Eight: focus mode

On target so far with NaNoWriMo
On target so far with NaNoWriMo

Yesterday I wrote about the pros and cons of writing white on white.

Today I have good news and bad news.

The good

There is a piece of word processing software which has most of the pros of white-on-white and none of the cons. iA Writer has a focus mode which dims all the words you have previously written, apart from the sentence you are currently working on. I would very much like to use this software for doing first drafts.

The bad

iA Writer is only available for Macs, iPads and other Apple gizmos. There are no plans to release a PC version. So I can’t use it.

In other news

My alarm failed to go off at 3am this morning (I must have disabled it last night by accident). However, my NaNoWriMo guilt instinct woke me at 3.20 and I was able to rack up 1,500 words by breakfast time. All in all, today was a very good writing day: 2,250 words. I wrote a lovely scene involving a potato cannon, which I suspect will survive more or less intact in the final version of the novel. That brings my NaNoWriMo wordcount to 13,800 – more than a quarter of the way there. Hooray, hooray, this is going better than I thought.

The weekend will be a challenge. I don’t write on Sundays, so the pressure is on to stack up a good pile of words on Saturday (tomorrow). I’d better double check that my alarm is set.

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Stephen Davies

Children's author: picture books, chapter books and YA novels

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