While you're pinching and punching for the first of the month, don't forget today is also the first day of National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. To coincide with this auspicious day, the development team behind Scrivener has released the public beta of its software for Windows.
Scrivener is an outstanding visualisation and compilation tool for authors, or anyone whose projects would benefit from using a real-life corkboard. The software offers a virtual version of the home study mainstay, allowing you to pin notes you are making to the "board" for reference later. Each note you pin acts like a shortcut to a larger document you are working on, like a chapter in your novel for example, so you can arrange the notes on the corkboard, as well as the chapters in their entirety, without copy and pasting large chunks of text. When you have finished composing all of your separate documents you can choose to compile them into one single body of work.
This excellent tool has been long available for Mac users, with the Windows version only just ready to meet the general public. Developers Literature & Latte are offering an extended six-week free trial of the software for both Macs and PCs, allowing people to use the software over the month of NaNoWriMo, plus a couple of weeks into December to make sure you compile and export your work before the deadline. The team is also offering a 50 per cent discount on the full price of Scrivener for anyone who successfully completes the 50,000-word goal during November.