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An image can paint a thousand words, so they say. [caption id="attachment_10820" align="alignright" width="495"] An image within a text document[/caption] And there are several circumstances where you might consider including images in a Scrivener project. An image within a text document An image in a character brief An image for a book cover Sourcing your images There are several sources of images. You might take a photo using your camera, iPhone or IPad and upload it...

All tooled up and ready to write? Only hours to go and this post is to make sure you have everything at your fingertips for the 30 days of November. Complete your planning If you are a pantser - this will be a very quick process! If you are a planner, your outline will provide you with prompts for every day. The scene synopsis will guide you through what was to be your storyline. It's...

Today's guest is Erin McIntyre, author of the Red King Trilogy. Erin's first novel, The Phantom of Faerie Mountain won 1st place in YA Fiction for the 2016 Purple Dragonfly awards and Silver placement for YA Mystery in the 2016 Readers’ Favourite awards. The Red King Trilogy comprises: The Phantom of Faerie Mountain The Secret of Berry Brae Circle The Talisman of Darktree Hollow How did you get into novel writing? Though, as a...

Outlining is best done using the Corkboard in Scrivener Each to their own, but, when I start writing a novel, I like using Scrivener from the outset, for the outlining stage. I know other writers who start on paper and, only when they can see the whole plot, do they start setting up the structure, electronically. And there are other software tools, too. But for me, it's Scrivener from start to finish! One scene...

Create your world with a Setting Sketch for each location In the same way, as a scriptwriter sets the scene for a film, a novelist needs to invent a world for the cast of characters to inhabit. The choice for each setting within the world of your novel is entirely yours. You could stick close to home using familiar locations. Distant lands could give you the excuse to travel for research purposes. ...

Time for casting! 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. Casting time: Setting up a new character sketch To set up a new character sketch, right click on the Characters folder and select Add /...

Managing the Scrivener workspace boils down to deciding what you want to see while you are working on your manuscript. The Scrivener workspace The basic workspace can be separated into three panes: The Binder on the left The Editing pane in the centre The Inspector on the right What appears within the Editing pane? The choice is Scrivenings (as shown above), or Corkboard, or Outliner. Which one you see is determined by your selection of the...

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 NaNo2017 novel can be collected ahead of 1 November. You won’t write a single word of your manuscript until NaNo2017 officially starts, but you’ll have everything at your fingertips when the whistle blows at...