Tag Archives: Scrivener

I Need Caffeine!

Stacey Kite

Tea, tea, where the *#*%* did I leave my stupid tea?

It’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and I need caffeine!

That’s my new, morning (and by morning, I mean 4:00 am) mantra.

You see, last Wednesday, November 1 (that’s important), I was complaining to a writing friend (Megan) that my biggest writing issue is that I’m a slow writer, and by slow, I mean geologic, not sloth-like. Continue reading

TMI and the ways we organize it . . .

Alicia Finney

Alicia Finney

One of the less talked about worldbuilding problems is organizing that metric ton of information without causing your eyes to glaze over. I’ve found I do my best work when I allow the process to be as organic and unstructured as possible – lots of brainstorming and free-writing. This is great for creating, but not so wonderful for finding key details later when I’m steeped in the actual writing. There are lots of ways to sort this out, I’m sure. In fact, maybe you can get some good ideas from these guys at Writing Excuses. They have a great conversation about story bibles that I’ve found helpful. Continue reading

My Fabulous Drawer Novel

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

We all start writing our first novel with visions of publication and fame dancing in our heads. We need that kind of passion to begin the process in the first place. But, let’s face it. People have written a lot of books that are never published. Even published authors have written a lot of books that are never published. Continue reading

How Technology Has Made Me a Better Writer

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

When I began writing my first manuscript, I opened a Word document and started typing. Scenes grew into a couple of chapters, but I never made it very far. There were a lot of problems with my initial process (unfocused idea, overly simplistic plot, no clear direction), but a major stumbling block lay not in the writing itself but in the platform I was using. Continue reading