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Ideas are precious Many years ago, six to be precise, I saw a television programme featuring Ian Rankin, in which he explained his writing process: one book per year and each one start with Ian flicking through the contents of a green folder. This manilla folder is full of ideas he's collected in the past year. Clever idea! You can read all about Ian's methods here. Using Scrivener to collect ideas Ideas can come at any...

Time for the Kick-OFF! This week is a Kick-Off week for NaNoWriMo. When you sign up to the NaNoWriMo site and choose your region, you’ll find you have an ML – and that person is responsible for organizing meetings before, during and after NaNo. I’m ML for Europe :: England :: Cornwall. Tracey is our co-ML and she lives in Truro so you'll see more of her than me, maybe. What is the KICK-OFF? The KO (short for...

There is life after NaNo - exploring Scrivener 3! Each November, for thirty days, my focus is on writing that new novel. This year, it was Lucinda's Legacy - a tale triggered by a comment I overheard back in May: It's all about the money. Oh no, it's not. Oh yes, it is! And then the story grew and grew and grew ...

Today's guest is Alinka Rutkowska, fellow Wrimo and Scrivener fan.   Back in March 2016, Alinka shared how she uses Scrivener in her writing. Since then, she and I have been talking and finding that we have much in common. We're learning all the time, and we make mistakes along the way. We both want to share what we've discovered, to help other writers enjoy the same success we've had, without the setbacks. We...

In my last blog post, I recommended you take up the offer of free video training courtesy of Joseph Michael. I'm hoping you've had time to look at Video 1: Setting up Scrivener for Your Success. One thing that crossed my mind was that, while Joseph explained what the Binder is all about, the editing space was blank. Joseph imported a file that had already been written - easy!   But what if...

I'm delighted to have as my guest today, Alinka Rutkowska, a fellow Wrimo and a huge Scrivener fan.   Alinka's first novel, published under her pen name, Ally Capraro, is due out a week today, on 29 March!   How important is Scrivener for you, Alinka? I couldn't have written my novel without Scrivener. I'm a children's author, I mean, I used to be, until I started dreaming of writing a novel. And when I...

The morning after the night before! Congratulations to everyone who validated their NANO 2015 novel before the deadline at midnight last night. Congratulations to everyone who took part. Even if you didn't write 50,000 words, you wrote words - and that means you have the beginnings of a first draft. Today, I'm hosting three TGIO (Thank God It's Over) webinars: 2pm, 6pm and 9.30pm. On the agenda: Celebration time What to...