Friday’s Findings: The Scratchpad Method

Today is the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo–it’s my first Camp NaNoWriMo!– and I’m using something called “The Scratchpad Method.”

You see, I have a writing situation. Is it a good or bad situation? It’s good in the sense I have an abundance of WIPs to work on. It’s bad in the sense I don’t know which one to work on for April 2021 Camp NaNoWriMo.

First, I was going to work on my novella Traption. Then, I decided to work on my novella Normous. Then, I decided to work on the last several scenes of my novel Oblivion’s Hope. Now, I’ve decided to work on all of these.


I’ve decided to use’m going to create a text document and use it as a “scratch pad.” Each day in April, I’ll write a scene or a minimum of 833 words for whatever scenes need to be done for my various projects, my WIPs. I may stay in one WIP, say my Traption novella, for a few days, then switch to working on my Oblivion’s Hope novel for a few days. If I want, I may even get to some of my other WIPs throughout April.

For some reason, using a blank Google document seems less intimidating. I’m not afraid to write badly–and edit it later.

I know this method isn’t original, but it’s the first time I’ve tried it. For me, the advantages are:

  • Working on more than one WIP at a time.
  • One document with a word count I can use at the end of the day to record in NaNoWriMo.
  • A Google document seems less intimidating to me and I can feel free to just write away and not worry about how good it is.

As always, I find NaNoWriMo a motivation to write. I’ve discovered the methods I use during NaNoWriMo can be applied throughout the year, including this “Scratchpad Method.”

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood


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