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Welcome, Patsy Collins! My nag buddy, Patsy, is no stranger to RedPenners. And she has been my guest on this blog before, back in April 2016. As I'm currently focusing on formatting, I asked Patsy to share her thoughts on this topic, particularly as she's just published a new collection of short stories: No Family Secrets.   Don't you just love the cover? Inside are 25 stories dedicated to her 10 cousins.   Have you noticed how,...

The ruler features in onscreen formatting, that is when you are writing or editing your text, and in page formatting within the Compile / Formatting pane. The two rulers are not linked. So you can set onscreen formatting to suit you while working on the manuscript, and set (different) page formatting for export purposes. The ruler can appear at the top of a document, or be hidden. Select Format / Show Ruler to...

Today's the day - NaNoWriMo starts at midnight Let's start tonight! Before that? A Simply Scrivener Special The Simply Scrivener Special webinars will continue throughout November. There's one TODAY at noon. Click here to register your place. What we talk about depends on who comes and what questions are included in the questionnaire. Click here to complete yours. Then? For the month of November, my focus will be on writing that novel. So as not to bore...

Two weeks until we start NaNoWriMo2016, so it's time for the Kick-off webinar. All MLs will be publishing dates for the Kick-Off, Midway and TGIO face-to-face meetings. So, wherever you are in the world, there should be a NaNoWriMo2016 meeting near you. Kick-off! But, just like last year, I’ll be hosting a series of webinars, especially for those of you who can not get along with the live events with your local ML. My...

Setting targets The secret of winning NANO – going through that 50K barrier before time runs out on day 30 – boils down to setting targets and achieving your goals. The NaNoWriMo barchart plots your daily progress Under the Stats tab, you'll see this. Right now, it's showing nothing as we've not started yet. But, during November, each time you enter your word-count-to-date, the stats bar chart tells you how you’re progressing. If you’re...

Never tried the split screen option? Or have - and got into a pickle - read on.  All is explained! What does the Scrivener screen look like, without a split screen? If you are looking at one scene, and choose Scrivenings view, you'll have the Binder on the left with your selected scene highlighted, the text of your scene in the centre Editing pane, and the Inspector on the right. Notice the icon in...

Rachel Hobbs, Today’s guest. Rachel is the author of e-books Bite-Sized Fiction For Busy People and up-and-coming Tall Tales For Humdrum Days. During the day, Rachel works as a full-time dental nurse at a small local practice in a little Welsh village in South West Wales. In her spare time, Rachel writes, and she uses Scrivener! Before Scrivener, Rachel, what did you use? Before I stumbled across Scrivener, I used Word. There’s nothing wrong with Word;...