Writing for the time-impoverished (using Scrivener)

It\’s been a while since my last post. Family, my day job, my band, and working on the novel have all taken up my time. Nevertheless, I am making good progress on the book. First draft was completed on schedule before Easter and I have spent the last couple of weeks on rewrites and adding extra content. Soon I should be ready to send a draft out to a few test readers for their feedback. If you are interested in being a test reader, leave a comment on the blog, email me, or send a message on Facebook.

Until I\’m ready to send out the draft for some people to read, I thought I\’d put up a post about how I have approached the process of writing, in particular how I have used Scrivener.

I only have small windows of time to sit down to write (an hour while my kids are at an after school club, a couple of hours in an evening after the kids have gone to bed, that kind of thing). I don\’t have the luxury of being able to sit down for hours on end allowing the ideas to flow, so I have structured my writing process around small chunks of time.

Here is what I do:

more here - Bernicia Chronicles: Writing for the time-impoverished (using Scrivener).

A Manual Progress Bar in Scrivener

In this blog post I want to show you a cool trick for making semi-graphical Status labels in the writing program Scrivener, and then explain some of the reasons you might want to do this. I used it to make a manual progress bar.

I use Scrivener and Markdown to write my blog, as well as writing documentation and training material. If you don’t know, It is a structured writing program – usually used for novels, scripts, screenplays and academic writing – which can output to PDF, HTML, Markdown, LaTeX, ebook, Final Draft, Word formats and more.

more here - A Manual Progress Bar in Scrivener.

5 reasons to write your thesis in Scrivener

Writing a thesis is painful. And it should be. But the pain should rest in wrestling with ideas and data not with software. Scrivener takes the pain out of the software side and ensures that your attention is always in the right place.

more here - 5 reasons to write your thesis in Scrivener | Academic workflows on Mac.

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.


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

Research Papers and Gourmet Cooking

Dear researchers and writers,

As you embark on your research paper for me, I’d like to offer a few thoughts and suggestions.Research can be incredibly fascinating, and it’s something I’ve much enjoyed since beginning high school debate, way back in the fall of 1982. Yes, the glory days—the days of Reagan, Rush, and Blade Runner. Indeed, research can open up entirely new worlds to you; I could only compare it to reading chapter books for the first time and entering the sub-created realms of the best authors. It many ways, though, it proves itself more fulfilling than reading the work of another. You hunt, find, and revel in the words of another, placing each piece of evidence into a larger puzzle, a puzzle that you ultimately build and solve. Research, when done well, increases your knowledge, your wisdom, and your vocabulary, and it gives you a certain gravitas in all areas of your life, professional and otherwise.

more here - Research Papers and Gourmet Cooking- The Imaginative Conservative.

Worth It, Worth It, Worth It

I first learned of Scrivener in October of 2010. I had come across a glowing review of a program called Liquid Story Binder and was intrigued enough that I decided to download the 30-day trial. This decision was followed by the Mac-user heartbreak of Windows-only software. Dejected, I searched for a Mac-friendly version and stumbled upon Scrivener. I was still hurting from Liquid Story Binder’s rejection; I downloaded the Scrivener trial, prepared to be disappointed.

Only then I was not.

more here - Scrivener: Worth It, Worth It, Worth It | Alice Thomsen.

Creativity through collaboration

I’ve used a range of software packages (beyond the obvious) over the last few years. I might review some of them if anyone is interested in anything specific so this is just a list for now.

Scrivener - http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

NVivo - http://www.qsrinternational.com/#tab_you

Transanna - http://www.transana.org/

Audacity - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audacity

Selfcontrol - http://visitsteve.com/made/selfcontrol/

Scrivener is extremely interesting and I’ll publish a blog post on that at some point soon.

It is a tool for writing large documents (play, book… thesis). It works well for people who need to navigate a lot of materials and keep them stored in one place. Considering the price in particular I would urge anyone writing a thesis to think seriously about using it. Actually, I picked this up from observing how music postgrads and post-docs in our department work.

via Creativity through collaboration: Software for Research.

My Quirky Workflow

Maybe it’s that time of summer, but historians seem to be thinking about the tools they use to conduct research. The AHA has set up a Pinterest board called A Digital Tool Box for Historians, my new colleague Stephen Robertson has posted an essay about moving to digital sources, and Nate Kogan has written about his use of Zotero, Word, Scrivener, and Papers 2, though he tweets that I showed him something of Filemaker Pro back in the day.

I figure I’ll throw my hat in with a description of my current process, ugly as it is. I offer this information both to offer and seek help, since I think I am doing some things right but could be doing other things more efficiently.

via My Quirky Workflow | Zachary M. Schrag.