Your computer already has what you need to be a winner during November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Use these six computer applications (apps) to keep your progress constant at about seven pages per day.
Use single spreadsheet cells to briefly describe each main event from your story. On the line below each event skip over to the next column and add any supporting details. Having a story roadmap is the best insurance against delays on your NaNoWriMo journey. OpenOffice has a free spreadsheet.
You probably have several word processing programs. For NaNoWriMo use the simplest among them especially if it offers full screen mode. Turn off the spelling and grammar checkers. Say no to touching the mouse or using the backspace or delete keys. You may see an easy edit that tempts you; it will be just as easy after November 30. If your simplest text editor does not have full-screen mode, pick up a free app like Isolator.
Keep track of plot points by dropping new events into your calendar app, pretending that your story takes place this year. Use a calendar that resides on your computer instead of an internet-based app.
Find a way to keep automatic local backups of your November writing. If your computer or text editor will not do this, use a kitchen timer that will remind you to store a copy of your work every half hour.
Turn off your internet during November. The only time you should use a web browser or email is for daily check-ins on Book-in-a-Week days and for periodic updates of your word totals to NaNoWriMo. Facebook, Twitter, and the NaNoWriMo social pages can be distractions.
Keep up the momentum. Never look back. Make up any shortfall in your page goals on the next day. You are on your way to becoming a NaNoWriMo winner.
* Visit NaNoWriMo to sign up for November