As announced previously on my business blog (Notary Memphis) and on Facebook, I have registered for the Write Non-Fiction In November challenge, also known as WNFIN. This is the non-fiction counterpart to the National Novel Writing Month challenge held in November every year here in the USA, as well as the National Blogging Post challenge from WordPress.
These challenges have some hard-to-pronounce acronyms (NaNonFiWriMo, NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo), which I will mostly ignore except in the tags. I like the WNFIN label, as it can be easily said (and the pronounced version starts with WIN!).
Yes, I am going to write a book in November. Not that I will be starting from scratch — I already have a bunch of voice notes, notes typed into various apps on my Blackberry, handwritten notes in several places, and, oh yes, all those articles that I wrote for the American Association of Notaries and to which I kept almost all of the rights. Due to all these pieces already in hand, I can not just sit down and start writing.
So, for the first day of Write NonFiction In November, I spent my time making a plan for the month. It is important to have a plan so you know what you are doing. Here is mine.
Plan for WNFIN 2015
Goal: Get American Notary Basics™ done and sent to beta-readers
- Type all audio notes
- Transfer notes from Reminder app on phone to folder on desktop
- Transfer notes from Evernote to folder on desktop
- Type notes from journals
- Copy notary articles that have not yet been published into text if relevant
- Watch Scrivener tutorial videos (esp. on doing Table of Contents w/page numbers)
- Get latest version of Scrivener & register it
- Move texts from above into Scrivener project & get word count
- Do new ToC in Scrivener
- WRITE the articles not yet written
- WRITE the connecting words needed to give it flow
- Do new ToC and compile the draft into pdf manuscript
- Copy pdf onto my tablets for reading
- Edit the manuscript by reading it aloud and making notes on paper
- Revise the manuscript based on notes & recompile it into pdf/rtf/doc
- Line up proof-readers and beta-readers
- Send manuscript to them
As many people have said over the years, if you want to be a success, plan your work and work your plan. Now that I have planned my work, all that remains is to work my plan. Easy, right? 😀