April Camp NanoWriMo & Editing Update

I have a confession to make: I won CampNanoWriMo in April, but only because I was editing. My word count didn’t drastically change over the month, despite me spending an hour each day (or a few hours one day, none the next) going through my existing manuscript. But editing is still writing as far as I’m concerned, so I’m counting it as a win regardless.

My biggest stumbling block for April was in regards to keeping my novel’s timeline straight. Three POVs is tricky to coordinate in terms of working out what order my chapters should go in. I tried using a roll of paper and sticky notes, but they kept falling off. Naturally, I looked further into my digital options since the Scrivener Corkboard wasn’t really helping. Enter Aeon Timeline. It syncs with scrivener so you can drag and drop your scenes into the timeline where you want them. It also helps me keep better track my characters and work out when their chapters should fall since I’d like to keep things as chronological as possible. I’m enjoying the simplicity and functionality of the program, but I’m not sure if I want to purchase the full version. I’ll continue using it until the end of the trial period and then make a decision.

In the meantime my goalposts for my sci-fi novel have again shifted. I was hoping to have edits complete and the entire book query-ready by the end of July, but at this pace it looks more likely to be closer to the end of the year. I will keep plugging away and reassess at the end of May.

Thanks for reading my writerly ramblings. If anyone has thoughts on Aeon Timeline or any speed editing tips I’d love to hear them.