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The calm after the storm? It's a fact. The excitement of completing NaNoWriMo in the final days, hours or minutes of November results in such an adrenalin rush. Afterwards, life falls a bit flat! So, how can we cope with the post-NaNoWriMo vacuum? Apart from reconnecting with family and friends who hardly recognise you - and spending time enjoying the festive season - here are my top 5 tips. Post-NaNoWriMo TIP 1: Keep on writing You've made a habit...

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...

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...

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. What is the KICK-OFF? The KO (short for Kick-Off) is the official start of NaNo preparation in the run-up to the month of...

Chapter titles and numbering! Because Scrivener offers so much flexibility and gives you so many options to choose between, sometimes you may feel overwhelmed by it all. My advice is to leave the defaults as they are and, only if you feel the need to change something, should you start to explore what options are open to you. So, let's explore today's topic: Chapter titles and numbering ...

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...

The next 8 weeks will fly by, so - if you are keen to use Scrivener for NANO 2016 - now is the time to start learning how. What is NANO? NANO, short of NaNoWriMo, is the  National Novel Writers Month. Writers all over the world spend the 30 days of November writing the first 50K words of their novel. The NaNoWriMo website opens its doors in October and then the fun starts....

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...