The best $55,000 I never earned

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.

Using Scrivener on an 11-inch MacBook Air

I’ve been a fan of the writing program, Scrivener, for a number of years. I first used the Windows version back when it was in beta, but I then purchased the Mac version when I got a new computer. There’s so much you can do with Scrivener to help you organize and write–so much so, in fact, that managing screen real estate can become a real issue if you want to take advantage of more than just the basic features.

Therefore, I thought I’d show you how I use Scrivener on a small laptop–specifically, on an 11-inch MacBook Air.

More here - Using Scrivener on an 11-inch MacBook Air. | Beth Raymond.

How to Use Scrivener to Edit Your Book

It’s been a few months since I last raved about my love of Scrivener so I thought I’d update you on whether my love had waxed or waned. In summary, I began writing my new book with Scrivener on March 18 this year. I have now essentially finished it. I have written 80,000 words in just over 5 months (see the lovely Scrivener Project target pic on the left). This has never happened before. I am on a creative high.

How much of this can I put down to Scrivener? It’s hard to say. I think it’s been a huge help. Also this book has been fun to write, which makes the words flow too. I’ve now moved on to editing my book in Scrivener, which is what I wanted to talk about today, because I think Scrivener has several features which make editing easier than in Word.

more here - How to Use Scrivener to Edit Your Book | While the kids are sleeping.

Best Writing Tool in the Author Utility Belt

Today we’re going to talk about a writing tool that changed the way I write (and maybe even my life):

SCRIVENER (!!!) Keep in mind when I talk about Scrivener, I’m only referring to how I use it to produce my novels. There are lots of other options – Non-Fiction, Scriptwriting, Poetry and Lyrics – but I am unfamiliar with those steps. I’m in no way an affiliate, either – strictly a fiction indie author who highly recommends this program to interested writers.

Now, for today’s lesson, I’m using screenshots I took of my second book, Witch Hearts, as well as a shot of the upcoming second Donovan Circus book. (No spoilers.) Keep in mind in mind these are notes for your own reference, so you can put in whatever information you want; readers aren’t going to see this show up in your published books.

via Scrivener: Best Writing Tool in the Author Utility Belt | Liz Long.

5 “Best” Features of Scrivener for Writers

Scrivener has so many different features that some might not even know all of these features. Or perhaps they’re just not interested in knowing these features, at least not until they have need of these features.

Some, like me, prefer to just know the basic features of Scrivener including the ones that will be most often used. For instance, if you’re still in the process of writing your story, there is no need to know how to publish this story in Scrivener yet. There will be time for that later on when you’ve finally finished your story and you’re ready to compile it all together.

With all of the many features of Scrivener, here are the top 5 features that I consider to be the best.

via 5 “Best” Features of Scrivener for Writers.

In Praise of Scrivener

When it comes to writing fiction, I would be lost without Scrivener. I’ve been using the program for years now, and working on an extended project in any other program seems like it would be a lot of hard work.

Scrivener is such a huge piece of software that there are a thousand different ways to use it. Even now, I still come across new-to-me features! The great thing about it is that it’s easy to find the things that work for you, and to customise them to make your writing process easier.

I’ve mentioned Scrivener a lot in the past, and I wanted to share a more in-detail look at some of the ways it works for me.

via In Praise of Scrivener | Katie M Anderson.

Scrivener | Writing Fiction

A few days ago I started writing using Scrivener. Right off the bat I can tell you it can be complicated. I think I’m a bit ahead of the game because I purchased and read Writing a Novel With Scrivener by David Hewson. This book will give you a head start because it lays out the basics on the parts of Scrivener you’ll use to write a novel. The most difficult piece I’ve so far discovered is creating chapters so they are actual chapters and not notebooks stuck inside other notebooks.

At first this seemed simple but I soon found out it wasn’t.

via Scrivener | Writing Fiction Blog.