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Structuring in Scrivener is all about creating folders and documents and essential to this is understanding the binder icons. What do the icons tell you? Icons serve to give a quick indication of the content: Folder or text document? Whether or not there's a synopsis Whether or not you've taken a snapshot Whether more folders/documents are contained within In this one Scrivener project, I've set up examples of every type. I'll talk through these...

A Monday is as good a day as any for planning decisions: for the week ahead, or further into your future. Ideally, whatever you plan, your goals should be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. There are other suggestions as to what the five letters of SMART might represent: S - sensible, significant, simple, strategic, stretching M - maintainable, manageable, meaningful, motivating A - acceptable, accountable, achievable, action-oriented, agreed, ambitious, assignable R - realistic, reasonable, recorded, resourced,...

Amazon best-seller writer, Kay Kukoyi, was my guest in January 2017. Since then, a lot has happened! Both of Kay’s first two books have become Amazon #1 best-sellers in multiple countries. Don't Hire a Software Developer Until You Read this Book has been #1 in six countries: the UK, US, Germany, Brazil, Australia and Canada. And, Develop Your Idea! reached #1 in four countries. Congratulations Kay! So, how does Scrivener fit whilst working...

My guest today is Rosemary Kind. Rosemary Kind set up the short story download site Alfie Dog Fiction, providing an opportunity for authors to submit their work for publication, and for readers to enjoy an affordable short story online. There are also a number of short story collections, published by Alfie Dog Fiction. This month the site celebrates its fifth birthday and has lots of special offers. How did I meet Rosemary...

In this next series of posts, I'm focusing on how to use folders and documents within Scrivener to create a meaningful structure for a writing project. Although my initial reason for using Scrivener was for writing novels for NaNoWriMo - and we will look at how structure works in fiction in subsequent posts - I now use Scrivener for all my writing projects. So I'm starting with my most recent 'use' of folders -...

If you've never considered using Scrivener for writing your blog post, think again! Scrivener is not just for novel writing; I use Scrivener for EVERYTHING, especially for my blog and social media engagement. Here are my 5 top reasons why. 1: All in one place I have just one file for each writing project. Neat. Tidy. There's one for my RedPen book: EDITING The RedPen Way: 10 steps to successful self-editing - and one for each of the three...

Today’s post continues to explore the short story strategy and, in particular, how to set up a header line for each page. As per my blog post of 23 April, you will have used the Scrivener short story template to set up your project for a short story destined to be a competition entry. From my blog post of 29 April, you know how to control pagination within the Compile options, so that...

Today's post continues to explore the short story strategy and, in particular, how to control line spacing. As per my blog post of 23 April, you will have used the Scrivener short story template to set up your project for a short story destined to be a competition entry. Then, from my blog post of 29 April, you know how to control pagination within the compile options, so that your entry is anonymous. Today,...

A flash, a short story, a novel: whatever you are writing, and especially if for a competition, it makes sense to have a strategy. I've been asked to judge the Erewash 2017 Open Short Story. So, in this series of posts, I'm focusing on what strategy you might use to enter such a competition. Short story competitions: why enter? Entering short story competitions - and winning! - is one way to gain recognition as...