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Today's the day - NaNoWriMo starts at midnight! Before that? A Simply Scrivener Special! The Simply Scrivener Special webinars will continue throughout November. There's one TODAY at noon. Click here to register your place. What we talk about depends on who comes and what questions are included on the questionnaire. Click here to complete yours. Then? For the month of November, my focus will be on writing that novel. So as not to bore those Scrivener...

Two weeks until we start NaNoWriMo2016, so it's time for the Kick-off webinar. All MLs will be publishing dates for the Kick-Off, Midway and TGIO face-to-face meetings. So, wherever you are in the world, there should be a NaNoWriMo2016 meeting near you. But, just like last year, I’ll be hosting a series of webinars, especially for those of you who cannnot get along to the live events with your local ML. My schedule...

The secret of winning NANO – going through that 50K barrier before time runs out on day 30 – boils down to setting targets and achieving your goals . The NaNoWriMo barchart plots your daily progress Under the Stats tab, you'll see this. Right now, it's showing nothing as we've not started yet. But, during November, each time you enter your word-count-to-date, the stats bar chart tells you how you’re progressing. If you’re...

If you've never tried the split screen option, or have - and got into a pickle - read on.  All is explained! What does the Scrivener screen look like, without a split screen? If you are looking at one scene, and choose Scrivenings view, you'll have the Binder on the left with your selected scene highlighted, the text of your scene in the centre Editing pane, and the Inspector on the right. Notice...

Two weeks to go until we can start writing for real, and it's time to start creating the perfect writing space. The Scrivener workspace The basic workspace can be separated into three panes: The Binder on the left The editing pane with Scrivenings, or Corkboard, or Outliner in the centre The Inspector on the right Closing the Inspector pane The Inspector pane can be closed (and reopened) by clicking on the Inspector icon. You could...

Project keywords provide another way of recording metadata. As a reminder: I've renamed Label as Location - so I know where each scene takes place. I've not changed Status - it will prove useful when I start to edit. I've set up custom metadata for POV - see the blog post on 16 October. Now, I'm going to use project keywords to record who appears within each scene, and then consider other...

The Label and Status options within the Inspector are valuable for metadata, but if you need more, you'll need to set up custom metadata. I've used Label for Location and am keeping Status for the progress of any scene. As well as this, I want to keep track of who has the POV (point of view) in each scene as well as who is present in each scene, and to access this data...

Writing a novel is never straightforward and one of the ways Scrivener can help is with the option to include metadata. What is metadata? Metadata is data about data. For a given scene, this might be any of the following details: Who has the POV (point of view)? Where does the action happen? When does the action happen? It could also be a note to yourself about how close to completion this scene is: ...

For those of you eager to get started, NaNoWriMo doors are now open. Time to sign up! Registered for NaNoWriMo before? If you have registered before, there should be an email invitation in your Inbox. Click on the Announce your 2016 NaNoWriMo novel now button. New to NaNoWriMo? Go to www.nanowrimo.org and sign up. This screen awaits you. Once you've registered, buddy up with me. My username is rainbowmaker. Let me know yours! Register for my...

One of the most powerful features in Scrivener is the option to use the corkboard to outline your story. The structure of a novel A novel is essentially one scene after another. These scenes can be grouped into chapters and, if you want, you can group the chapters into parts. Recall that you can opt to set up a novel with parts using the Scrivener project templates. My LOL: Left Over Lovers doesn't have parts - I'm...