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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 a...

Recently, I was interviewed by Wayne and Leah of JoinedUp Writing for their podcast series and one of the topics we discussed is how Scrivener can be used from blank page to published manuscript. Blank page to published manuscript: the commissioned route If you are commissioned to write a book, the publisher employs an editor and a proofreader and a typesetter and a cover designer, etc and 'all' you do is write...

Split screen option was #2 on my list of Scrivener Plus Points as it provides such a feeling of control over my content. From day 1, I've been using split screens for my NaNoWriMo projects and all other projects too. (Back in December 2015, I needed a third editing screen and pulled into play the Quick Reference screen too.) In October 2016, in the run-up to NaNoWriMo for that year, I wrote my first...

Lee Fox-Smith is my guest today. Lee and his family travel the world and are currently in Cambodia but, thanks to the magic of the Internet, he's here with us today. We will talk soon about Lee's new book,  The Vegan Argument: Why There Really Is An Answer For Everything, but, first, we're going to talk about Scrivener ...

Introduction using Scrivener You have to start somewhere and writing your Introduction is as good a place as any? And, of course, I'm using Scrivener. I'm now working on my second book, but applying the same principles that were recommended to me during my Self-Publishing School course last summer, when I wrote and self-published EDITING The RedPen Way: 10 steps to successful self-editing. What's my second book called? This one is one of three...

Today's guest is writer, publisher, Scrivener trainer and author of the Udemy course Scrivener for iOS, Steve Shipley. Rather than discussing how Steve uses Scrivener for writing his two books and scriptwriting stage plays, today's blog post focuses on how, as an early beta tester for Scrivener for iOS, he came to write his course: Scrivener for iOS, available to my readers at 70% off ...

How to develop a writer's presence online Last Sunday, I attended a full-day workshop. The class comprised novel writers, short story writers, a poet, and several bloggers - a truly mixed bunch of writers, all keen to come to grips with the technology of websites, social media opportunities and the mysteries of the Internet. Why did I drive a round trip of 167 miles? I already have a website, and a presence on Facebook...

Courtney Kenney is today's quest. Courtney's book Creating Space to Thrive: Get Unstuck, Reboot Your Creativity and Change Your Life is a great read, full of brilliant advice, and is on sale at only $0.99 for five days, starting TODAY. I'm so pleased to have Courtney here, sharing her Scrivener journey with us. So, Courtney, you're a Scrivener Supporter? Absolutely! Scrivener has changed my life as a writer. Before Scrivener, I wrote in Microsoft Word and...