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The release of Scrivener 3 has been a long time coming! Earlier today Scrivener changed its logo. And at last, we have - or almost have! - the option to download Scrivener 3. The cost is not huge and the new features promised - according to their recent blog post - will warm the hearts of many Scrivener fans. I'll be online and available to discuss new new Scrivener 3 in my usual Simply Scrivener...

Images can bring a page to life. In the previous post, I gave an overview of how you might use images in a Scrivener project. Here, I'm focusing on images in a text document. Images in a text document You have two options when pulling in an image to a text document. You can place the image itself, in which case the image is treated like a character of text. The image file size...

An image can paint a thousand words, so they say. [caption id="attachment_10820" align="alignright" width="495"] An image within a text document[/caption] And there are several circumstances where you might consider including images in a Scrivener project. An image within a text document An image in a character brief An image for a book cover Sourcing your images There are several sources of images. You might take a photo using your camera, iPhone or IPad and upload it...

All tooled up and ready to write? Only hours to go and this post is to make sure you have everything at your fingertips for the 30 days of November. Complete your planning If you are a pantser - this will be a very quick process! If you are a planner, your outline will provide you with prompts for every day. The scene synopsis will guide you through what was to be your storyline. It's...

Today's guest is Erin McIntyre, author of the Red King Trilogy. Erin's first novel, The Phantom of Faerie Mountain won 1st place in YA Fiction for the 2016 Purple Dragonfly awards and Silver placement for YA Mystery in the 2016 Readers’ Favourite awards. The Red King Trilogy comprises: The Phantom of Faerie Mountain The Secret of Berry Brae Circle The Talisman of Darktree Hollow How did you get into novel writing? Though, as a...

Outlining is best done using the Corkboard in Scrivener Each to their own, but, when I start writing a novel, I like using Scrivener from the outset, for the outlining stage. I know other writers who start on paper and, only when they can see the whole plot, do they start setting up the structure, electronically. And there are other software tools, too. But for me, it's Scrivener from start to finish! One scene...

Create your world with a Setting Sketch for each location In the same way, as a scriptwriter sets the scene for a film, a novelist needs to invent a world for the cast of characters to inhabit. The choice for each setting within the world of your novel is entirely yours. You could stick close to home using familiar locations. Distant lands could give you the excuse to travel for research purposes. ...

Time for the casting couch! One of the fun parts of writing a new novel is casting your characters: giving them names, deciding their hopes and dreams, and identifying their strengths and weaknesses. Everyone needs a secret, and only you will decide what it is and if and when the other characters might discover it. Casting couch time: Setting up a new character sketch To set up a new character sketch, right click on the Characters...