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Scrivenings = writing It's interesting that Literature & Latte chose this term; Scrivenings is a now obsolete English term for writing. To me, it indicates a return to the old style of publishing: Write the words and create galley proofs Proofread Incorporate figures and tables, and paginate Proofread the page layout (ie check the formatting) Publish So, rather than focus on the product - the paged output - the writer focuses on the...

Seek and ye shall find! Scrivener provides three types of search: The Project search allows you to find instances of particular words or phrases within the whole project, subject to choices you make about where you want the search to happen, and how fussy you are about what is to be found. There is also a Project Replace tool – which searches and replaces. The Document search is confined to the selected document(s)...

Best foot forward Starting a new Scrivener project, the first choice is which template to use? One of Scriveners One of your own - yes, you can set up your own template, based on one of Scrivener's templates One you downloaded from the Internet - yes, you can start with a template provided by another source, such as the KM Weiland template for a 3-act structured novel Whatever you decide will determine...

Jack of all trades? The saying continues: master of none. But Scrivener not only provides scopes for 'all trades', its sophistication also allows the user to 'master' the process. There are two parts to this series of posts. Basic tools common to all applications of Scrivener Specific strategies for writer types and projects Basic Scrivener tools If you are new to Scrivener, I highly recommend you take my (free) 14-day Scrivener course. I've been using...

Feedback - where the fun starts! Processing feedback. What's the best strategy? How can you avoid editing overwhelm? When your editor returns your Scrivener project file, where should you start? There may be feedback all over the place. In a covering letter As comments in the Inspector In the text itself, as Annotations or colouring (Revision mode, or highlighted words) A strategy for processing feedback without editing overwhelm It's up to you what you...

Editor's feedback - the Scrivener way How do you, a professional editor, provide feedback to your writer client? Some time ago, I outlined my developmental editing process in this blog post. My developmental editing feedback process To recap: When a writer sends me their manuscript as a Scrivener project file, my role is to read it and provide feedback, whatever stage they have reached. I'm not copy editing, or line editing, but providing advice on...

Meet Desiree Villena: a human VA In recent blogposts, I've referred to ProWritingAid as an editing VA (virtual assistant). My guest today is a real VA, Desiree Villena. Desiree is a blog writer for Reedsy, the online marketplace that connects self-publishing authors with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers. On Reedsy, Desiree also offers her services as a proofreader. Reedsy publish many excellent articles and this one on 'how to edit a book' is...

In my previous three posts on the reports available in ProWritingAid, I explored many reports. On 13 April, we looked at the Core group of reports. On 27 April, we looked at the Repeats group and the Structure group. On 11 May, we looked at the Readability group. But we're not done yet! Today's post looks at reports available in three more groups: the Consistency group the Fiction group, and the Plagiarism group. The Consistency...

ProWritingAid: your VA editor In my previous two posts on the reports available in ProWritingAid, I explored many reports. On 13 April, we looked at the Core group of reports. On 27 April, we looked at the Repeats group and the Structure group. But we're not done yet! Today's post looks at reports available in the Readability group. The Readability group The Readability report The first report - Readability - provides a series of readability...