Tips and Tricks for Scrivener

New Scrivener Resources

Over the weekend of August 18-20th, I will be running a Scrivener workshop at the RWNZ conference in Rotorua, New Zealand. It's not the first time I've run a workshop on Scrivener, and it won't be the last. Regardless, I'm still looking forward to it.

Those who have seen my Tips and Tricks for Scrivener videos will know how much I love the software (even though it has its faults), and I love to encourage writers to use this program, which was designed for writers.

In preparation for the RWNZ conference, I have developed a few more handouts and other resources for Scrivener. I'd like to share those resources with the faithful followers of my blog too.

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Celebrate

Hidden Traps is Officially Released August 1st, 2017

It's just under a week away, and the celebrations are about to begin.

Hidden Traps: A Writer's Guide to Protecting Your Online Platform by Judy L Mohr will be officially released on August 1, 2017.

To celebrate the release, the Black Wolf Editor will be running a special webinar to talk about one of the most dangerous of hidden traps associated with building an online platform.

But the celebration don't stop there.

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Backups & Cloud Syncing in Scrivener

Tips and Tricks for Scrivener: Video Series

It has been a long time in production, but it's finally here. The first of the new videos in Tips and Tricks for Scrivener is now available.

As a reminder, in the first series, we examined the steps needed to get started and compile your manuscripts. There were videos on how to start a new project or import Word files. We looked at how to compile your manuscripts for submission or into eBook format. We even looked at some of the differences between the Mac and Windows versions of Scrivener.

In the second series, we'll delve a little deeper into the capabilities of Scrivener, including how to make templates and backup files.

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High School English: It’s Now Social Media

Things have changed so much since I was in high school. I distinctively remember being incredibly bored during English classes and challenging the teacher when she insisted that a particular Shakespearean passage was intended to reflect some ideology.

"How do you know? Did you know Shakespeare personally?"

Yeah, I was always a little too forthright for my own good.

However, in seeing what my teenage son now faces, I have found myself in a unique position to help him and other teenagers who might be in a similar position.

I don't normally write about personal things on this blog, but if you'll just bear with me for a moment, everything will become clear.

My 15-year-old son has just started NZQA Level 1. As one of his courses, he has elected to take English with Media. Gone are the days of analysing that Shakespearean text. Instead, they assess how various forms of media has influenced our written and spoken language. I must admit that I probably would have found English in high school much more interesting if I was watching movies and TV and listening to radio. But in today's world, media also includes the Internet.

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New Scrivener Video

After running a few workshops on using Scrivener, both in person and on-line, I discovered that the previously released series of videos was missing one vital video: how to you start a new novel, aimed at those who have never used Scrivener before.

Write here, write now. Scrivener.

Well… I worked fast and hard to get a new video made and edited. It has now been added to the Tips and Tricks for Scrivener video series on the Black Wolf Editorial YouTube channel. You can find out more about the full series, and what is covered in each episode, here.Read More

Tips and Tricks for Scrivener Video Series

Tips and Tricks for Scrivener is a video series on the Black Wolf Editorial YouTube channel. These videos show you how to use Scrivener, beyond the demonstration videos that come with Scrivener or those found on the developer’s website. Through these videos, you will learn how to customize and use Scrivener to its full potential, including how to set up prologues, customize chapter numbering designs, and use annotations. Yes, Scrivener does have it’s limitations; those are covered too.Read More

Backlit keyboard

Scrivener: Software for the Writer

Many writers spend endless hours writing their precious manuscripts using MSWord or some other equivalent word-processing program. In the initial writing phase, they encounter very little problems. Then editing begins. So too does the grumbling.

The filesize increases dramatically and previous versions of certain chapters are lost. To move a chapter, the cut-and-paste hell takes over. Versions are sent out for review, resulting in hundreds of copies of the manuscript. (Exactly which one was the one I was working on?)

Here’s the situation: I have NEVER liked MSWord. Read More