Hello, Friday! “Week” one of NaNoWriMo is over! I put week in quotes as we are only three days into NaNoWriMo. Not an actual full week, but it is the first Friday of NaNo, so I’m counting it. My month got off to a rough start, but I’m working on making up for lost time. I’m about a day behind right now, but it’s been very easy to play catch up. I am praying that my writing flow continues to be that way! I may write more today, but right now I’m happy with what I have accomplished. For those of you who like statistics, here they are:
Days completed: 3
General daily goal: 1,800 words
Ideal daily goal: 2,000 words
Total words written: 3,403
Average words per day: 1,134
Fewest words in a day: 48
Highest words in a day: 3,046
Pacing: 1,598 words behind
I am keeping track of my word counts in two ways. First, I have a white board calendar in my kitchen. On each day, I write the total number of words I have written for that day. In the notes section of the calendar, I have written my total word count for the whole month. In my writing software, I have note file where I am keeping track of the total word count and my daily word count. In each day, I have a breakdown of how many words I wrote where. This helps me ensure that I’m tracking every aspect of what I’m writing on my book. Whether that be adding to a chapter, making notes on my research, or continuing the current chapter, I always know where I’m at. Another trick I use for tracking daily word count is putting the first two words I write in any given section for the day in bold. This way, when I go to get my word count for the day I know where to ask the software to start counting. It’s pretty easy to get a word count for the day. I just highlight the words I wrote that day and I get a count for the highlighted portion at the bottom of the screen. Easy!
I received a question about the software I’ve been using to write my book. The software is Scrivener, and it is amazing! I am absolutely in love with it. This software allows you to organize your thoughts and ideas without making a million different Word documents. For someone like me, scattered and constantly getting random thoughts and ideas, this software has been a lifesaver. I’ve been able to make different sections for my research, ideas, inspiration, and even separate out my chapters. You can use how I have it (screenshot below), make a corkboard, and so much more! I love that it’s customizable and that you can organize your ideas in a way that works for you. Basically, this software is a writer’s dream software.
With this screenshot, you can get a small glimpse into how I organize my thoughts without getting too many spoilers. 😉 If you’d like to purchase Scrivener for yourself, all mentions of the name of the software have a link embedded to send you directly to the listing on Amazon. The link initially takes you to the version for Mac (what I have), but there’s an option to get the version for Windows as well.*
And now, what I’m sure you all really came here for: this week’s excerpt! This week’s excerpt is from Chapter Two: Eve. Remember, this is a very rough draft. This month is for getting words on paper (or, in this case, onscreen). Heavy revisions and editing will come in December and beyond! With that in mind, here is the promised excerpt:
“The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:20). After God created Adam, he started parading the various created animals in front of Adam. The seemingly obvious intent here is for Adam to provide names for all of the creatures God made. This is the reason we hear as children in Sunday School and the reason we primarily consider. However, there was a second, even more important purpose behind God bringing all of the animals to Adam. God was showing Adam that Adam was in need. Adam had a beautiful garden, all the food he could ever want, and special dominion over all of the created world. But he lacked something very important. Adam was alone. And what had God just said about man being alone (v. 18)? He said that it was not good.
After all of these things that God had created and called good, there was now something that was not good: man, alone. So as God paraded all the other created creatures in front of Adam, he was showing Adam that he needed a companion. He was showing Adam that it was not good for him to be alone. Although animals make wonderful companions, they are simply not enough. There was just no real substitute for the companionship of a creature just like Adam. And thus, God made Adam “a helper suitable for him,” as none of the animals were. And in the following verses, we see the creation of Eve: Adam’s female counterpart and his companion.
Well, that’s it for this week’s NaNo update! Thank you for reading, and I hope you liked the excerpt. Please let me know in the comments what you think! And to my fellow WriMos, happy writing! We got this!
*Full disclosure: as an Amazon Associate, I do get a small commission if you choose to purchase Scrivener from Amazon. It’s just another way to support my writing and you don’t have to pay anything extra! 🙂