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Scrivener: perfect for writing collections Scrivener is not just for novelists. I write short stories and poems, and use Scrivener for my stock of this material, including a record of what's been published and where. The best template for collections of material? If you plan to keep all your poems (or stories, or articles, or essays) in one Scrivener project, I recommend you start with the Novel with Parts template. This provides a great...

Scrivener is a great tool for novelists Scrivener is also a great tool for all kinds of writers. In this blog, I focus on novelists. In subsequent posts, I address the needs of memoir writers, essayists, short story writers, poets, non-fiction writers. The tools - the Scrivener features - I use for novel writing have all been the topics in previous blogposts. This post provides an overview of my novel writing toolkit;...

In this mini-series of posts. I focus on three aspects of compiling: First, it was output options. Last time: section types This time: placeholders, headers and footers I’ve already published a series of posts on compiling with Scrivener 3, that I recommend you read: Compiling with Scrivener 3: An Introduction Compiling with Scrivener 3: Outputting to PDF Compiling with Scrivener 3: Section layout assignment Compiling with Scrivener 3: Text tidying of...

In this mini-series of posts. I focus on three aspects of compiling: Last time it was output options. This time: section types Next time: placeholders, headers and footers I've already published a series of posts on compiling with Scrivener 3, that I recommend you read: Compiling with Scrivener 3: An Introduction Compiling with Scrivener 3: Outputting to PDF Compiling with Scrivener 3: Section layout assignment Compiling with Scrivener 3: Text tidying...

Compiling is the final step in the self-publishing sequence (although you are free to compile whenever you feel the need!). For many, compiling poses the greatest challenge. There seem to be so many options, and the route to producing precisely what you want resembles a labyrinth at first sight. However, Scrivener offers default settings, you could produce something that’s OKAY, without having to understand every nook and cranny of the options available...

My guest today is oral storyteller and writer Liz Berg, a regular attendee at my RedPen Write-Ins. Liz Berg hails from Wales and now lives in the equally magical land of Cornwall, where she is mining the history of her Jewish heritage and Celtic links for inspiration. Her book Jewish Folk Tales in Britain and Ireland is being published by The History Press, is now available on preorder and due for release...

Inspector skills on parade! The Inspector panel have five icons. The most recent two blogposts in this Inspector Skills series have covered items 1, 2 and 3. 1 Notes and  3 Metadata in the Inspector Skills: Metadata post 2 bookmarks in the Inspector Skills: Bookmarks post This post looks at the last two icons. 4 Snapshots 5 Comments and Footnotes Snapshots Snapshots is another one of those tools you can live without until you discover...