Camp NaNo July 2014 starts in a few hours

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Camp NaNo July 2014 starts in just  a few hours, tonight at midnight.  NaNoWriMo is always a fun way to motivate ourselves into writing a novel in a month, and in the Camp version you pick your own word count goal.  I signed on for 50K, and hope to finish my current work in progress and tackle a gothic novella if possible.

Camp NaNo July 2014 Word Tracker

I couldn’t find a word count tracker set up for 31 days, so I made one which you click on above.  Not fancy, but it gets the job done.  I LOVE watching the graph grow on the Camp NaNo website, and I like to keep a separate tracker like this too. (Yes, I know, I seem to have a graph addiction, but I’m not the only one!  🙂  )  You can change your word count goal in the box at the top and then your daily word targets will automatically update for you.

So who else is doing Camp NaNo this July?

 

Timelines

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Timelines

Timelines help me keep up with important dates and events when I’m writing, especially when I’m working on a series that spans three or more books.  With my Petal Pushers Cozy Mystery series, for example, I not only have to keep up when each murder or crime happens and clues are found, I’ve also got a ghost who was born in the 1800s whose history I need to keep straight.  Even if I’m working on a book that isn’t in a series, I find timelines really help me keep up with the main events, how much time passes between scenes, etc.

I haven’t found any special software for this that I like.  For To Have and To Hold, Like it or Not, I printed off a two month calendar and filled in the important stuff.  For my Time Travel Genealogy Trilogy (which is not yet finished and still needs a better title), I did plug all the characters into a file in my genealogy software because there were so many birth and death dates, but created a few separate outline style timelines to track events that happen over a few hundred years.  With  Secrets, Snapdragons, and  a Spirit, and Poison, Perennials, and a Poltergeist,  I whipped up timelines for each book and a more detailed master line on Word. And there have been other times when I simply scribbled it all out with pen and paper.

During my brainstorming stages, when I’m sketching out characters and outlining my next story, I find that timelines are a great tool to keep myself from forgetting exactly  when certain things happen.   It goes through a few changes as I write, and it’s something I always refer back to on the final edit.

Do you use them?