November 23rd, 2020

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Monday Again!

How the heck are we nearly at the end of November already?  Yikes.  Happy early Thanksgiving to all of you who are here in the US.  And happy end of November to everyone else!  Hopefully it isn’t too cold for you right now.  It’s been pretty pleasant here lately.

Reminders:

1. Flash Challenge!  Your flash challenge prompt is: angel.  Give me 100 words or a graphic and I’ll reward you with my undying love and admiration. 

2. Last week’s challenges:

LeviathanSquibAssiduousWeekend ChallengeNewfangledUSusurration545DiscommodeElan

3. Big Buddy is at 77%!  How is your month going so far?  Need any help or a little cheerleading?  Let us know so we can help out or encourage.  God only knows, I’m nowhere near where I should be!

asphaltcowgrrl – 11,550                                                                                                                   
agdhani –  38,500
cmk418 –  38,500
bizarra –    7,700
skargasm –  11,550
flipflop_diva –  19,250
simplyn2deep –  2,310
craterdweller –  38,500
shanachie_quill – 7,700

November’s post is here, although the month is almost over.  There should be a new December post coming soon.

4. The Daily Count challenge is in full swing.  You can see when your next day is here.

5. November brings us to a dual challenge – NaNo and BINGO!  The NaNo posts (including tips, tricks, and prompts) can be found in the tag here.  If you’re participating this year, good luck!  And if you’re a chicken like me and would rather play bingo (there are some distinct disadvantages to growing up where I have, hah), the rules are here and the cards are here.

In addition to NaNo and Bingo, we are also doing the Swap of Joy and Advent.  SOJ sign ups are here and the Advent sign ups are here.

That’s all I have for today, and honestly, for this month.  Hoping that you’re all healthy and doing well despite the craziness of the world right now.
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  • agdhani

NaNo 2020: Programs and Websites

I've gathered some websites and programs useful for editing that I thought I would share. Some I use, some I've not tried yet but they look promising.

For straight-up writing, there is of course Microsoft Word, Scrivner, & Google Docs. I've come across frequent mentions of Evernote, Hemmingway Editor and Freedom (which helps limit distractions online while you're writing). I'm a MS Word gal myself, as I've been using it almost forever (my original Mac had Word Perfect...but that was back in the stone age!) What do you guys use or recommend? What do you like about your choice...or dislike?

There are 2 editing sites I found that look helpful:
https://jerryjenkins.com/self-editing/
https://www.book-editing.com/self-editing-fiction-techniques-checklist/

Typically I use Word's editor in combination with Grammarly (https://www.grammarly.com/) and Natural Reader (https://www.naturalreaders.com/) You have to use some of your own judgment with Grammarly and Word's editor since they are not really designed for fiction and have issues with dialogue and narrative storytelling. By using Natural Reader to hear my words read back to me as I follow on the page, I weed out repetitive words, clunky structure, stilted dialogue, misused words and the like (that are spelled correctly but not used correctly).

Does anyone else have recommendations?

As a side note: I came across this site when looking for content and though its the end of the month...a plot generator is always hand ;)
https://www.plot-generator.org.uk/