Some days ago, I posted about how I got on to Scrivener, at last! I want to build on that theme and let you know what I have been up to and how I have fared. My objective in sharing this is to help newbies (newer to Scrivener than me, which isn’t saying much anyway) with tips so that they don’t make the mistakes I did.
more here - Working On Scrivener: My First Lessons. | Prem Rao.
As mentioned in a previous blogpost, I use DEVONthink Pro (DTP) as my Information Management system. Basically, this means that I throw all kinds of information, in all kinds of formats, into DTP for indexing and archiving. Be it blogposts, .pdf articles, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, Powerpoint presentations or plain text files. DTP does it all.
This post won’t cover DTP that in-depth, but rather the proces it is part of when actually producing some kind of writing based on, or including, the information I keep in DTP.
And that’s going to introduce yet another Mac app favorite: Scrivener produced by Literature and Latte.
more here - Writing with Scrivener, Devonthink and Zotero.
One of the most requested posts I’ve seen in the comments section of this site has been for me to do a write-up on how to create a custom project template in Scrivener. It’s something I honestly had never thought of doing until I started blogging in Scrivener using Markdown and MultiMarkdown. After using that system for a bit, I realized quickly that I’d want the exact same setup for the next year (and the year after that). Without a template, I’d have to recreate everything in that project layout from scratch.
It was the first time I’d encountered a situation in Scrivener where I needed the initial layout of a project (folders, metadata, doc templates, etc…), to be a repeatable affair. Sure it’s easy enough to start a new project and recreate everything (easy, yet time-consuming), but wouldn’t it be great if I had a boilerplate starting point that did it all for me?
Luckily, as always, Scrivener makes creating such a setup quite easy.
more here - Writing and Tips: Creating a Custom Project Template in Scrivener | THADDEUS HUNT.
In theory, all we writers need to do our work is paper and a pen or pencil. But in practice, more modern, powerful tools can make our lives easier and produce better work more quickly. Of course, as any user of software can attest, tools can also get in your way, cost time, and produce nothing more than frustration.
I’ve been writing professionally since the 1970s and I’ve tried just about every word processor that’s come down the pike, from Teco to Emacs to WordStar to MacWrite to literally a dozen major versions of Microsoft Word. Each has its pros and cons, but the single best tool I’ve found for writing novels is Scrivener, from a small software publisher called Literature and Latte.
Scrivener is not a general-purpose word processor like Word, and it is not a page layout program like InDesign. It doesn’t have mail merge or fancy font manipulation or a picture editor or sophisticated page layout options. What it does have is a focus on the structure of your document.
more here - The New Writers Interface – Scrivener 101.
I hang out on the Scrivener forums a lot. Some might say I’m a little compulsive about it, but the forums are where I’ve picked up pretty much all that I know about Scrivener. Today, I’m talking about backups. It’s usually only after a disaster that people get serious about backing up their work, and then they only do it in a haphazard mishmash of thumb drives and email attachments. Yet lost work is a preventable problem for all writers and creators of digital content; how to protect your work from hard drive crashes, theft, and the dread were-badger? Well, I’m here to help, at least with regard to Scrivener’s various features that keep your writing safe.
more here - Scrivener for Smarties: Backups | Ambiguous Antecedent.
I entered the National Novel Writing Month ( NaNoWriMo) for the first time in 2009 and that’s when I heard fellow participants speak of Scrivener. I had no idea what it meant. Some cursory research led me to understand that it was a kind of ” content generation tool” for writers. To be honest, I didn’t explore this any further for two reasons. I feared it would be too complex for me to use and too expensive for me to afford. I was then deeply engrossed in writing my debut novel, “It Can’t Be You” anyway and my focus was more on thinking through a plot, fleshing out characters and the like. I did all of this in the only way I knew, using Microsoft Word.As the years went by, I did use other software like YWriter and Dark Room to aid in my writing. Scrivener was still not on my radar. I wish it had been but there’s no point crying over spilt milk as the old adage goes. I didn’t and continued to struggle with Word. The biggest difficulty I found in Word was in editing. Some of the problems I faced were:
- Figuring out whether some parts had been repeated. This is a nightmare if your novel is 80,000 + words in length. You suspect you have come across a particular passage more than once but are not sure where. It’s hell to find out where you goofed. It’s worse when you realize it has happened on multiple occasions in the course of editing.
- Moving chunks of material from one place to another. If I felt a few paragraphs were more appropriate in Page 23 rather than in their present location at Page 123, I had to do some very careful “cutting and pasting.” If I got this wrong, it resulted in frustrating re-work.
- It was unwieldy to work with one huge document or even a series of documents which had your bits of research, material for characters, thoughts and stray ideas which needed more exploring and the like.
more here - Getting to Scrivener At Last! | Prem Rao.
by Ed Ditto
In 2013 I spent ten days on a writing project that ended up earning $55,000. But I’ll never collect a penny of it…and yet I’m perfectly OK with that. What I wrote was a grant application for a local fire department.
Grantwriting–an application-based process for convincing moneyed individuals and institutions to fund public-good projects–can be an excellent way for writers to use their skills to the betterment of their communities. That’s because it draws on many of the same skills that writing a book does:
- Idea generation
- Careful organization
- Thorough research
- Meticulous planning
- Crafting a compelling narrative
- Conscientious follow-up and administration.
Not surprisingly, I find Scrivener to be an outstanding grantwriting tool. I work with several different charitable organizations and public service agencies, and I keep a separate project for each one, but they all share a common structure and rationale, so I’d like to share those with you.
more here - The best $55,000 I never earned | Good Words.
For almost a year now, I have been using a set of scripts that automatically collect all kinds of statistics and details about my writing, and because of that, I can walk through the the evolution of a story I wrote during that time, from idea to publication. I thought I’d give this a try in order to provide others who are curious about how this writer goes about his craft, a peek behind the scenes.
much more here - Evolution of a Story from Idea to Publication: A Behind-the-Scenes Look | Jamie Todd Rubin.
Below are some workflows between my typical writing apps, using Markdown as a writing syntax. I can use Markdown to format my notes and texts quickly ready for publishing to my blog, through Scrivener, and even into my huge research and notes database in Evernote.
much more here - My **Markdown** Workflows for Scrivener, Blogging and Evernote | Hunting Down Writing.
There are four categories of software for thesis writing: (1) project organizing; (2) word-processing; (3) bibliographic organization; and (4) original language research. Here are some of the best programs, along with those I find essential to my PhD thesis and scholarly writing workflow.
Now I’ll be using a macbook pro for the task, but many of the software programs I mentioned can run on mac or pc (though some run better on one or the other).
Project organizing/note taking.
Some might use a word-processing program for this while others might find a specialized program instead. I’ve heard of many people using Evernote, a free program I also have and like okay but use very little. There’s also MS OneNote, Simplenote, and Springpad (see a review of these here).
I’ve decided on a more complicated yet powerful program, Scrivener.
more here - Software for Writing a PhD Thesis – Joshua L. Mann.