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Dee (Donna D Vaal) | ScrivenerVirginI’m delighted to have as my guest today my friend, Dee (AKA Donna D Vaal), the author of The Living Miracle – A Love Story.


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When I saw that her novel had been published by Barnes & Noble, I had to ask the obvious question:

Did you use Scrivener for ‘The Living Miracle – A Love Story’?

Dee replied: No, as I didn’t learn about Scrivener until after this one was finished. I am currently writing another novel in Scrivener – and love it!

What’s the new novel about?

It’s another love story – but I’ve not given it a name as yet. I’ll let you know …

So why Scrivener: second time around?

A Living Miracle BCFor my first novel, The Living Miracle – A Love Story, I used Microsoft Word and would have several files open, making each window small and inconvenient. I needed an easier method.

Spent a lot of time researching programs – and I honestly can’t remember which programs I looked at before purchasing Scrivener. I do remember it came down to a choice of two, so I did some research to see what other people said about both programs. Both of them were written about, positively.

In the end, I chose Scrivener. I’m glad I did. I love it!

What works well for you as a novelist?

Scrivener works well for me, and being able to bounce between chapters without creating a ‘find’ or scrolling has made this writing experience simplified, compared with when I wrote my current published novel.

What do you like most about Scrivener?

I like the option of finding help from others, easily. For instance, I am always learning more ways to make my writing life easier through sites like your!

And your final word on Scrivener?

I highly recommend Scrivener for any writer, for its simplicity, detail, complexity and as a developing tool for final release.

I recommend Scrivener software too, and Dee’s novel, The Living Miracle – A Love Story, which is available on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.

For more information about Donna, check out her website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, as Donna D Vaal on Pinterest, #dvaal1 on Twitter and Donna D. Vaal or Dee Vaal on LinkedIn.


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