Quite a while ago I posted on the Lit’n’Lat forum some details on how I use Keywords in my Scrivener projects to keep track of characters and locations, and someone suggested that I also post it here. So here goes…!
As part of the Novel In A Day excercises I make available the Scrivener project files used to create the books. As a result of seeing these, a couple of people have asked me how I changed the name of the binder in those files so that instead of just saying “Binder”, they read (for example) “NIAD 2012″… Continue reading
“If anyone has not tried switching to SciFi as a language (my standard modus operandi in Scrivener now) I strongly urge them to for some fun. This English translation was the brain-child of our beloved ‘pigfender’ and it’s brilliant – sure to bring a wry smile to one’s lips.”
(Lee Powell, lead-developer of Scrivener for Windows)
Writing a novel is a bit like being the Captain of a spaceship. Or at least it is if you write your novels using Scrivener for Windows and switch the interface from the default “English” to the “Science Fiction” translation: Continue reading
I once wrote the following on the practice of making a list and calling it an article:
The problem I have with these sort of articles is the same problem I have with some of my own early efforts at writing: It’s not so much about writing as a transcription of bad stand up. You know, where the writer has sat down and brainstormed every possible idea on a single theme and then decided which order to write them in, and then written them. So you end up with dialogue that reads like two amateur comedians on an open mike night saying every single joke they can think of on the subject of, say, airline food… By all means go through the brainstorm process to produce a list of eleven funny things to say about airline food. Just don’t include them all. Pick the funniest / best and just use that one.
Well, it’s a new year, so I’m allowed to break my own rules. Happy New Year. May 2013 be one filled with happiness and all that.
New Year is also the time when a lot of us take the opportunity to do a bit of spring cleaning, whether literally or just in tidying up our acts a bit. So to help you on your way, here is a list of ten things I brainstormed and then failed to edit that I’m buying myself to make the writing life a bit better and fresher, and reinvigorate the creative process. Continue reading