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.
For almost a year now, I have been using a set of scripts that automatically collect all kinds of statistics and details about my writing, and because of that, I can walk through the the evolution of a story I wrote during that time, from idea to publication. I thought I’d give this a try in order to provide others who are curious about how this writer goes about his craft, a peek behind the scenes.
much more here - Evolution of a Story from Idea to Publication: A Behind-the-Scenes Look | Jamie Todd Rubin.
My production stack, which are the tools used to create my work, is a collection of word processors, text editors, illustration programs, publishing tools, programming environments, and A/V editors. Each application is used to create finished artifacts: graphics, sound files, formatted documents, or working software.
My productivity stack, by comparison, is what helps me manage my knowledge, goals, tasks, timetables, and channels of communication toward the production of those finished artifacts. In some sense, I regard productivity as a necessary evil, which I tolerate because I overload my plate with dozens of personal interests and external commitments; the productivity stack helps me compartmentalizing and track related work, and reminds me what I should be doing to maintain progress and deliver on-time. It helps me choose what to do next by keeping track of every possible task, and it fills the gaps in my memory when it falters. This reduces overall anxiety, and having access to everything keeps me from taking on too much work at one time.
I’ve annotated yesterday’s list of productivity tools with their function:
more here - The Quest for Information Nirvana, Part II: Making the Distinction between Work and Productivity | David Seah.
I’ve just discovered Scrivener, and it’s changing my life. I wish I had found it sooner. The workflow is designed especially for writers, whether you’re writing a novel, short story, screenplay or research paper, it’s easy to organize your scenes and notes. At the moment, there is no iOS app, but it will sync with various text editing apps, including WriteRoom. Now I use WriteRoom on my phone or iPad when I’m out and about, and return to Scrivener on my laptop when I’m home.
more here - Design Feaster: Blog of Design Feast: Pursuing the architecture of writing: Designer and Novelist Elaine Chen.
Below are some workflows between my typical writing apps, using Markdown as a writing syntax. I can use Markdown to format my notes and texts quickly ready for publishing to my blog, through Scrivener, and even into my huge research and notes database in Evernote.
more here - My **Markdown** Workflows for Scrivener, Blogging and Evernote | Hunting Down Writing.
Over the past few months, I’ve had several people ask me about the tools I use to put papers together. I maintain a page of resources somewhat grandiosely headed “Writing and Presenting Social Science”. Really it just makes public some configuration files and templates for my text editor and related tools. Things have changed a little recently—which led to people asking the questions—so I will try to lay out the current setup here. I will also try to avoid veering off into generalized noodling about the nature of writing or creativity. (That’s fine for Merlin.) This is mostly because although I am not a bad writer, I am an excellent procrastinator, and it is embarrassing to write about how to write papers when you could be actually writing papers. My excuse today is that I have a headcold.
So, first I will say a little bit about the general problem, and then I will tell you something specific: how to take the draft of a scholarly paper, typically including bibliographical references, figures, and the results of some data analysis, and turn it into nice-looking PDF and HTML output. The hopefully redeeming thing about this discussion is that it will help you use the various resources I make available for doing this. If you want to copy what I do, you should be able to. But I am not saying you ought to. Nor am I making any claim that what I do is right, rational, efficient, productive, or psychologically healthy. As in an earlier discussion of mine on this topic, my chief counterexample to taking anything here as advice about writing or productivity is my wife, who—as I type this—is seated opposite me at the dining room table, putting the final touches to a book written in Microsoft Word. I think MS Word is unpleasant to use for all kinds of reasons, and perhaps you agree. The fact remains she just used it to write a book that will be published later this year by Oxford University Press. On this side of the table, meanwhile, I have this blog post.
more here - Plain Text, Papers, Pandoc – Kieran Healy.
Here, in case it’s of any interest is what a Scrivener project looks like for me when it’s heading into the final straight. And below this very large screenshot I’ve pulled out the important component parts.
more here - What a Scrivener project looks like when it’s getting ready to hatch | David Hewson.
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 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.
I recently got a new text processing program called Scrivener. It’s oriented towards the writing process; you don’t use it to format text and produce final output. You use it to outline, shuffle, and put down words. I think it’s awesome for pen and paper gaming work, and I wanted to document my current workflow with an extended example.
So I want to slam together a quick dungeon for D&D 4e, henceforth known as the Descent Into The Doomful Depths. We’ll say it’s going to be a single level for now, and I’ll aim it at my current group, which just hit 4th level. I’ll grab a map from the great collection of dungeon maps at Paratime Design — let’s use this one.
more here - Population: One » Scrivener and RPG Writing.