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Welcome, Susan Jagannath! My guest today is Susan Jagannath, a fellow student at the Self Publishing School, who is passionate about writing about her passion: trekking. Susan self-published her first book The Camino Ingles in August 2016 and her second, Chasing Himalayan Dreams was launched on 13 May 2018. Both are available on Amazon in the UK and in the USA, and her new book is free on 28/29 May: next Monday and...

Step 7: Structure and Balance I've reached the stage where I've done enough scene splitting, allocating titles, writing scene synopses, and assigning metadata for Label and Status, that I am itching to start creating chapters so that I can address step 7 of the RedPen Editing cycle: Structure and balance. Creating chapters already? What happened to steps 5 and 6? Well spotted! In a previous post, I reached step 4 (Study the content) and that...

My guest today is Lauren Lee Merewether A fellow student at the Self Publishing School and an avid participant in its sister school, Self-Publishing School - Fundamentals of Fiction. On 22 May, Lauren is launching her latest historical fiction book Salvation in the Sun, the first book in the series, The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles. It's on sale at Amazon US for $1.34 and at Amazon UK for 99p. However, it is free for two days:...

Status field to the rescue In the past fortnight, I've continued to work through my NaNo novel, Aide Memoire, completing the tasks I set myself (and you!) in the post published on 16 April: Scrivener: The Editor's tool. I've had to break several longer documents into separate scenes and, in doing so, I've spotted scenes (already!) that I need to write, to fill gaps or expand on an event. Knowing which documents need working on...

Are you ready to edit? It's over four months since NaNoWriMo 2017 ended and I'm now feeling I have enough distance from that month of frenzied creative output to start editing. To put down my pen and pick up my editor's tool. Of course, whenever I embark on an editing challenge, I apply the techniques of EDITING The RedPen Way, and I already can tick off steps 1, 2 and 3 for...

What's your learning style? As a teacher, I'm aware that students have different learning styles and, to meet their needs, it's important to present information in ways to suit these various learning styles. As a student, trying to learn Scrivener, for the best results, you also need to be aware of how best you learn. If you are happy working your way through an online tutorial, great! Literature and Latte provide this facility...

First stop: Udemy There's lots of training available for free, but if you are prepared to invest in your Scrivener education, I'd recommend you check out the many courses available via Udemy. Right now, there is a special offer - only £14.99. Udemy courses by Karen Prince Karen Prince's courses are designed to suit both Mac and Windows users. For those using Scrivener 2, this comprehensive course takes you step-by-step through the process of writing...