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One of the fun parts of writing a new novel is casting your characters: giving them names, deciding their hopes and dreams, and identifying their strengths and weaknesses. Everyone needs a secret, and only you will decide what it is and if and when the other characters might discover it. Setting up a new character sketch To set up a new character sketch, right click on the Characters folder and select Add / New From Template...

Let’s start at the very beginning: setting up a new project file on Scrivener and deciding what our novel is about. Setting up a new project file In this one file, everything that you need to write your NANO novel can be collected ahead of 1 November. You won’t write a single word of your manuscript until NANO officially starts, but you’ll have everything at your fingertips when the whistle blows at midnight...

Today’s blog post is the first of a series for those who might decide to use Scrivener for NaNoWriMo 2016. (NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and that's November - the month I set aside each year to write, write, write.) Why use Scrivener for NaNoWriMo 2016? Mainly, I use Scrivener because it makes me feel I am in control. Scrivener lets me see my novel from the top down, from the bottom...

  My book launch for EDITING The RedPen Way Last Tuesday went brilliantly. I'm still giddy from all the excitement. Hundreds of copies were downloaded and many of you have signed up for RedPen. Welcome! I've had excellent reviews too. All 5 star! Here's an extract from just one of them. A masterclass in self-editing ...

The next 8 weeks will fly by, so - if you are keen to use Scrivener for NANO 2016 - now is the time to start learning how. What is NANO? NANO, short of NaNoWriMo, is the  National Novel Writers Month. Writers all over the world spend the 30 days of November writing the first 50K words of their novel. The NaNoWriMo website opens its doors in October and then the fun starts....

I've not posted in a while, but I have a great excuse: I've been busy compiling with Scrivener and now have three versions of the same manuscript: EDITING The RedPen Way. I've learnt much much more about the power of Scrivener in the past three weeks, but the best bit (there are so many best bits!) is the flexibility of output. I explain below why I had three different forms of output, and I'll...

This week, I’ve been focusing on Scrivener Links. On Tuesday, I explained how to create Scrivener Links that allow a reader to jump from one part of my ebook or Kindle version to another. On Thursday, the focus was on Scrivener Links that take the reader to a website. This posting tackles how to set up the links within the table of contents (TOC). Table of Contents (TOC) All books need a table...

This week, I’m focusing on Scrivener Links. On Tuesday, I explained how to create Scrivener Links that allow a reader to jump from one part of my ebook or Kindle version to another. Today, the focus is on Scrivener Links that take the reader to a website. The next posting will then tackle how to set up the links within the table of contents (TOC). P If you have any questions...

This week I'm focusing on Scrivener Links: Links that allow a reader to jump from one part of my ebook or Kindle version to another That takes the reader to a website Links within the table of contents (TOC) Let's start with the simplest. Part 1 of 3 Scrivener Links within a manuscript In my EDITING the RedPen Way, I have a section towards the end which offers tips for using digital techniques to...

Manuscript preparations You can click on the Compile option any time you are curious to see what the 'finished' product will look like. It makes sense though, to make sure your manuscript is as good as it can be, and 'clean' enough to export. What's a 'clean' manuscript? By clean, I mean no typographical errors, typos for short: wrong spellings, missing or misplaced punctuation ...