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Seeing balance through colour patterns I've used colour for the icons of my documents (my scenes) so that I can see the pattern of locations - my chosen metadata use of the Label field - within each chapter. This is the pattern of locations within my Chapter 1. How to include the Location (Label field) in the Outliner view Just below the Folder title, the column headings appear. Right-click anywhere in the column headings area and a...

Linguistic focus is a new feature in Scrivener 3. November - and NaNoWriMo - is well and truly over, and we now have Scrivener 3, so you might be tempted to start editing your NaNo novel - that's if you've finished writing it! Personally, I'd recommend you put it aside for at least two or three months. But I know some of you are itching to start. To date, I've used ProWritingAid and/or Autocrit...

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 ...

A flash, a short story, a novel: Whatever you are writing, and especially if for a competition, it makes sense to have a strategy. I've been asked to judge the Erewash 2017 Open Short Story. So, in this series of posts, I'm focusing on what strategy you might use to enter such a competition. Short story competitions: why enter? Entering short story competitions - and winning! - is one way to gain recognition as a...

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...

During the recent series of Red Pen Launch webinars, I was blessed with the support of romantic novelist and veteran RedPenner, Patsy Collins.   With NaNoWriMo less than a week from now, I've invited Patsy to tell us her plans for November. So, Patsy, NaNoWriMo 2015. Will you be taking part? I've not completed NaNo during the last couple of years, and previously I've 'cheated' at NaNo and used it to write 50,000 words of...