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).

Writing a Synopsis using Scrivener

If you plan to enter contests or submit your manuscript to an agent or publisher, you probably need to write a synopsis.  Most writers I know dread writing the darn thing.  In a few pages (usually in five pages or less), you are required to describe your entire manuscript, provide goals, motivations and conflicts for your main characters, explore their character arcs and include major plot points.  Luckily, I’ve found a way which doesn’t totally get rid of the pain but does make the process less stressful.  And I do it using Scrivener.

via Writing a Synopsis using Scrivener « Crit Divas.

Making Outlines Neater with Synopses

For the novel workshop I’m going to this summer (er, next month, yikes), I need to send people an outline. I had an outline already: a bunch of index cards stuck to my white board, color coded by point of view. Since taking a photo of it probably wouldn’t be helpful, I typed everything into Scrivener. (And forgot to take a photo of my white board before I took them all down.)

via Scrivener: Making Outlines Neater with Synopses | Elizabeth Shack.