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Linguistic focus is a new feature in Scrivener 3. November - and NaNoWriMo - is well and truly over, and we now have Scrivener 3, so you might be tempted to start editing your NaNo novel - that's if you've finished writing it! Personally, I'd recommend you put it aside for at least two or three months. But I know some of you are itching to start. To date, I've used ProWritingAid and/or Autocrit...

There is life after NaNo - exploring Scrivener 3! Each November, for thirty days, my focus is on writing that new novel. This year, it was Lucinda's Legacy - a tale triggered by a comment I overheard back in May: It's all about the money. Oh no, it's not. Oh yes, it is! And then the story grew and grew and grew ...

It was an honour to be asked to judge the Erewash Open Short Story Competition. What does the short story judge have to do? I received by email the shortlisted stories, fifteen in all. Here they are, in alphabetical order by title: Altara Drive Belonging Broken Mirrors Counting the Stones Dead Cert Fingal's Cave Found and Lost Letting Go Lurch Pride Before the Fall Mr Patel's Power Drill The Dome The Widows...

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 the new Scrivener 3 in my usual Simply Scrivener...

Are you keen on multi-tasking? [caption id="attachment_10893" align="alignright" width="300"] One-on-one RedPen Mentoring[/caption] RedPen Mentoring isn't all about how to write a novel, self-editing and moving towards marketing it to your adoring public ...

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...

Time for the Kick-OFF! This week is a Kick-Off week for NaNoWriMo. When you sign up to the NaNoWriMo site and choose your region, you'll find you have an ML - and that person is responsible for organizing meetings before, during and after NaNo. I'm ML for Europe :: England :: Cornwall. What is the KICK-OFF? The KO (short for Kick-Off) is the official start of NaNo preparation in the run-up to the month of...

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...