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Today's guest is Wayne Kelly I've been privileged to appear on his Joined Up Writing Podcast, talking about Scrivener and NaNoWriMo. Now, it's my turn to welcome Wayne to my world. How did you come across Scrivener in the first place? Back in 2012, I successfully completed Nano and received a discount code to purchase Scrivener. It was the first time I’d even heard of the software and I was immediately attracted to screenshots...

Everyone needs an editing toolbox Yes, an editing toolbox.  You have your first draft. It's complete - now it's time to polish your words. Out comes the editing toolbox? What's in it? The editing toolbox You have three options. Learn how best to self-edit your manuscript Use (non-human) software tools Pay someone else to edit your manuscript Actually, I recommend you do all three. Let's consider them in reverse order ...

This is post 10, the final post, of my series looking at how ProWritingAid works with Scrivener. I hope you decided to trial ProWritingAid and have been working alongside me in exploring its features. One question that I haven't answered so far: How exactly does ProWritingAid work with Scrivener? Simple ...

Step 9 of the Red Pen Editing cycle is to drill down. When you are relatively happy that you’ve fixed the major things – you have balance and structure, you have the right tense and voice, you've worked on dodgy patches, there are no more tasks on your list - it’s time to drill down. How often you drill down is up to you. It's essential before moving on to Step 10:...

In step 4 of my Red Pen Editing cycle, we 'Study the Content'. The red pen does not make an appearance until step 8; we are still at the thinking / reading / listening / planning stage. Ideally, you ask a friend to read the piece aloud and you listen, pretending to be your target audience, but with your mental checklist in mind: Does it start well? Do I like the title? Does the...

ProWritingAid This was recommended by one of my RedPenners and it's been on my Recommendations page for some time. Within the Red Pen Editing cycle, step 9 is DRILL DOWN where, having addressed all other issues of structure, voice, tense, etc., we focus on paragraphs, sentences, words, and punctuation. It's the final sweep before sending our precious manuscript to our beta readers for feedback. Step 9 relies on our understanding of spelling, grammar, and...