What I Can’t Write Without…

I suppose I could write with anything–just give me a moment of time and I’ll tell you a story–but there are a few things that make writing far, far easier…

First and foremost: Scrivener. I honestly don’t think I could write a novel without it–or, at least, it would be far, far more difficult.

Scrivener is, essentially, a writing program that is built for novel writers. It took me awhile to get used to Scrivener, but here’s what I use most:

more here -  The League of Extraordinary Writers: What I Can’t Write Without….

Five Things Tamara Ireland Stone Loves About Scrivener

I’m a Scrivener fan. I’ve talked with a lot of writers who are as evangelical about this program as I am (many even more so), and I’ve probably met an equal number who have tried it and found that it didn’t fit their needs. But from what I can tell, a lot of writers are still curious about it.

If you’re in the third camp, this post is for you.

more here - The League of Extraordinary Writers: Five Things Tamara Ireland Stone Loves About Scrivener.

Series Writing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with Larissa Reinhart

It’s finally time to launch yourself into the publishing world. Your manuscript is complete, your conference carefully chosen. You walk into a room full of editors and agents prepared to wow them with your pitch. You’ve even managed to shake their hand, maintain eye contact, smile, and deliver the pitch without stumbling. You’re on a roll! Then they ask you, “What else have you got?”

Cheese and crackers, you think. What I’ve got is a great story.

The editor thinks so, too, except she wants at least two more great stories.

Publishers want series, particularly from debut authors. One book is a huge investment for a press and readers like series. Our voice and our characters become their friends and they want return visits.

But, my heroine and hero got their HEA. Awesome! Do they have a sister/brother/cousin/friends? They defeated the villain? Excellent. You’re going to need another one. And fast. Because once you are signed, you need to set yourself on monkey-on-crack speed to hit those deadlines.

Jeesh.

more here - Series Writing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with Larissa Reinhart | Romance University.

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.

Scrivener, Two Months Later

Back in June, I published several posts on my experience with Scrivener (here, here, here, and here). At that time, I was still in my trial period phase with Scrivener and mostly I had imported a small project and done some tinkering.

Since then, I’ve purchased Scrivener and done several full-length projects, including some novellas, short stories, and novelettes. And I’ve come to a couple of conclusions.

via There’s a Body in the Library: Scrivener, Two Months Later.