The Motivator

There are many motivations people have for sitting down to write: to express frustration, to describe something beautiful, to record ideas and concepts for posterity. I made a short video a while back entitled Fiction as Light which touched on some of the reasons why I write. But as far as the day to day motivation, sometimes the big picture is hard to see and you have to find practical, nose-to-the-grindstone reasons for hacking out another thousand words or editing and re-working that chapter for the fifth time.

Right now I’m knee deep in the first draft of my next book. And for me, writing as I do using the software program “Scrivener” (which I wrote about in this post), one of my secret weapons in the battle to stay motivated and to soldier on is the “Project Target” window, but which for me might be more aptly called “The Motivator”. It looks like this:

more here - The Motivator | djedwardson.com.

Scrivener pressure

I love using Scrivener. Love all the different bells and whistles. The way I can flip between chapters, access all my research and character notes with just a click of the mouse on a file in the sidebar. It’s great. Scrivener also has a fun feature called Targets. I use it to motivate myself to keep going, to get to the target for the day. But lately I’ve noticed a darker side to using this feature that I never paid much attention to before Scrivener.

more here - Scrivener pressure :: Carolyne Aarsen.

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.

3 more reasons why Scrivener makes writing a book easy

Two weeks ago I blogged about how Scrivener was helping me to imagine all kinds of structural possibilities for my novel, because of the way it made setting up and manipulating the ordering of the scenes in my book so easy. This week, I’m going to cover off three other features of Scrivener that I love, and that are making me want to spend more and more time writing my book.

more here - 3 more reasons why Scrivener makes writing a book easy | While the kids are sleeping.

3 more reasons why Scrivener makes writing a book easy

Two weeks ago I blogged about how Scrivener was helping me to imagine all kinds of structural possibilities for my novel, because of the way it made setting up and manipulating the ordering of the scenes in my book so easy. This week, I’m going to cover off three other features of Scrivener that I love, and that are making me want to spend more and more time writing my book.

more here - 3 more reasons why Scrivener makes writing a book easy | While the kids are sleeping.

Setting targets in Scrivener

If a tour of Scrivener is a stretch for an hour’s workshop, it’s certainly far too much for a blog post.  But one feature at a time, now that’s doable.  So let’s start with one of my favorites, Project Targets.  This little widget floats anywhere on your screen.  Depending on your point of view, and/or your progress on your manuscript, it will either inspire you or kick your butt (hopefully into gear).

more here - Kay Hudson | Writing Romance with a Sense of Humor and a Twist of the Unexpected.

How to Write Faster and Get Organized with Scrivener

Do you want to write faster?

Wish you could keep everything associated with your writing in one easy-to-access place that’s portable and searchable?

Consider giving Scrivener a try. Scrivener is writing software—with versions for both Mac and Windows—that’s customizable to the way you work.

When a friend recommended Scrivener to me several years ago, I wondered what it could possibly do that my standard word processor couldn’t. Boy, was I shocked! Happily so. I bought the software immediately and haven’t looked back.

more here –  How to Write Faster and Get Organized with Scrivener.