Saturday marked the first of November, and with it, the launch of the 16th year of the National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. If you decide to take on the challenge of writing a novel by the end of November, you’ll be among some 400,000 participants scattered across six continents.
To help aspiring novelists do more than just bang out 50,000 unorganized words in whatever word processor they have handy, Literature & Latte is offering a free trial version of the popular Scrivener writing studio, which helps you take notes, view your research alongside your writing, outline and structure your ideas, and compose the actual text of your novel. The trial version includes a NaNoWriMo novel template, which sets up a 50,000-word target and includes a few extras related to NaNoWriMo (the template is available separately for those who already own Scrivener). The trial version will work through 7 December 2014, and everyone uses it to become a NaNoWriMo 2014 winner will eligible for 50 percent off the $45 price of the full Mac version of Scrivener. Even those who don’t make the goal can still save 20 percent.
Scrivener can be a bit much to wrap your head around all at once though, since it’s so much more than just a word processor or project management tool. To help you come up to speed quickly, so you can focus on your novel, Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of Scrivener 2” is 50 percent off through 30 November 2014 — use this coupon-loaded link to take advantage of the discount. The book is normally $10; the discount drops the price to only $5.