I have had an interest in trying to write for some time. This year, I decided to make a commitment and try my hand during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month). Some 58,000 words later I have wrapped up my very rough first draft.
This has been a fun adventure for me. Now all I have to do is spend some time, a lot of time, editing and polishing what I have written. In the meantime, I can get back to posting more and getting out and exploring more of Singapore.
Tech Tips – NaNoWriMo begins November 1. Are you ready?
Haven’t heard about NaNoWriMo? That stands for “National Novel Writing Month” which is November of every year. As their website states:
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
If you happen to be using a Mac or iPad and the included Pages software to write your novel, how do you keep track of the words you have set down? That is easy on both devices.
On your Mac:
Open Pages to the document where you are writing your novel
Select View in the Menu bar, then Show Word Count
Now at the bottom of your window will appear the running word count in your document.
On your iPad
- Open Pages to the document where you are writing your novel
Click on the View Options icon in the Menu Bar
In the drop-down menu, click the slider switch to enable Word Count to be displayed. Once that is done, the document statistics will be displayed in a small bubble at the top of the page. The default, as shown above, is Page Count.
Now click on that Page Count bubble and you get another drop-down menu to chose which statistic about the document you wish to display. Click on Words.
Now the Word Count will be displayed at the top of the screen while you are in the document.
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Locations – Bookstores – A couple of weeks ago I walked over to the Ngee Ann City Mall. While I had been there a time or two before, I was going specifically to check out the bookstore I had seen there.
This is a very upscale mall with several well known high-end stores. The S$520 million building that houses the shopping mall also has two 26 story office towers.
The mall hosts 130 different stores and restaurants spread out over several levels.
As I mentioned, the purpose of my visit to the mall was to check out the Kinokuniya bookstore. Officially the address of the bookstore is 391 Orchard Road #04-20/20A/20B/20C/20E/21, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872. The #04-20 in that address indicates that the bookstore is on the fourth floor. In fact, it is immediately adjacent to the Crystal Jade Palace. That is how I noticed the bookstore. We had dinner at the Crystal Jade Palace a few weeks back. It didn’t look all that large from the outside.
The Kinokuniya bookstore in the mall is one of four outlets in Singapore. This is their flagship store and the second-largest bookstore in Southeast Asia. I only realized how large it was once I had gone inside.
I walked around the bookstore for a while and it is the largest bookstore I think I have ever been in.
Certainly, if I find myself searching for a paper book while I am in Singapore, I know where I will be able to find it. I will be going back and spending more time browsing through the shelves.
If you want a book in Singapore, I think that this is the premier place to go.
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Reading – As you know if you follow my Blog, I read a lot. Some short stories, a few novellas, but mostly novels. But having said that, what does that really mean? I have had the general notion of what a short story, a novella, and a novel are, but I wondered if there was some sort of official definition.
When I looked at “Word Count” in Wikipedia what I see is this definition:
||40000 or more
||17500 – 39999
||7500 – 17499
||less than 7500
These are actually the classifications used by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for each category of its Nebula award, so not exactly an official definition. Elsewhere I have read that The New Yorker in 2012, defined the novella as being between roughly 20,000 and 40,000 words.
||55000 – 300000
||30000 – 50000
||1500 – 30000
I see where Writer’s Digest has these slightly different classifications [1,2]. Then there is also the even smaller classification of Flash Fiction for works from 53 to 1000 words [3, 4]. Others classify a Novella as 20000 to 50000 .
Regardless of which classification you choose to follow, these do give general guidelines for the length of various works. So the National Novel Writing Month goal of 50000 words written during the month of November abides by these classifications. Are you going to sign up and try your hand during NANOWRIMO this year?
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