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Scrivener 3 Fundamentals for Mac course is live

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My new course, Scrivener 3 Fundamentals for Mac is now live at ScrivenerClasses.com. For $39, this course provides the essential functions and features of Scrivener 3 that you need to get started writing. Valuable for plotters, pantsers/discovery writers, fiction and nonfiction, long or short stories, blogging, or whatever else you’re writing.

By the end of Scrivener 3 Fundamentals, you’ll be able to:

  • create and setup a project that works for your writing style or type of project.
  • rename and rearrange chapters, scenes, sections of your manuscript.
  • work with the Corkboard to plot or preview your manuscript’s structure.
  • find anything in your project.
  • backup your work and find/use a project backup.
  • compile to a Word document.
  • find help when you need it.

Includes:

  • 48 quick, step-by-step lessons
  • 15 instructional videos
  • Q&A with the instructor (either on the site or via private Facebook group)
  • 10 cheat/review sheets
  • progress chart to keep you on track

I’m moving this week, but I’ll be checking in at least once a day to answer student questions. Happy writing!

Moving to Los Angeles

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I won’t be hanging Christmas lights or putting up a tree this year because we’re moving to Los Angeles in less than two weeks! My husband got a great offer for a new job, so off we go. Lots to do for both work and selling the house in the next ten days, but we’re pretty experienced at this moving thing—and I’m always up for a new adventure, especially one that brings me close to the beach—so I’m excited!

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our 18 months in Sacramento. It’s a great mid-sized city with lots of culture and things to do, and great weather most of the year. And I’ll miss my friends here. But I’m ready to explore LA, and get more beach time in my life, since we should be pretty close to the water.

It’s going to be a busy but fun month. I’ll have more news soon. Enjoy the season!

Thankful for you

illustration of autumn leaves wreath and lettering thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving. Even if you’re not celebrating, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for following and supporting me.

You cheer me on, cheer me up, and are just plain awesome people. I’m grateful for each and every one of you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Scrivener 3 and a FREE mini-course

Scrivener 3 for Mac is here! To celebrate, I’ve created a free mini-course to help you transition from Scrivener 2 that covers what’s moved (with a downloadable table of menu commands), what’s changed, and what’s new.

In addition, I’ll be rolling out new Scrivener 3 for Mac courses over the next few weeks. I’m going to be taking a slightly different approach this time around, while offering the same style of teaching that you’ve told me you love. I hope you’ll check them out. To make sure you get notified when new classes are live, you can join my newsletter, follow this blog, or check ScrivenerClasses.com from time to time.

Windows users: There’s still good news. The Scrivener 3 for Windows public beta released today as well, and the full software is due next year. When the time comes, I’ll have classes for you too. 😉

Scrivener posts for NaNoWriMo

illustration of man at computer desk wearing headphonesIf you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year, good luck!

I’m mired in revisions and Scrivener course planning, so I’m skipping this year, but here are a few posts on Scrivener’s best features to help you reach 1667 words per day.

Scrivener and NaNoWriMo for the win

Get unleashed for NaNoWriMo with Scrivener for iOS

If you need more Scrivener help, I have over 60 blog posts on the subject.

You also might try dictating your words, and see what happens.

Happy November!

October’s over already?

view of Surrey/Vancouver from hotel

Surrey/Vancouver from the 19th floor.

October’s been fun, but super busy. The manuscript for book four in the Men of Steele series is back from the editor with great revision notes that I’ll be working on before a few more eyes take a last-minute look at it.

This is Kurt and Caitlyn’s long-awaited story, and I can’t wait to bring it to you in January.

While my editor had her red pen out, I was getting for my trip to the Surrey International Writers Conference (SiWC) in British Columbia, Canada. As prep for one of my workshops, I updated—and added another small section to—Productivity Tools for Writers. Look for the second edition, free at your favorite online retailer. And if you find it useful, would you consider leaving a review?

Productivity Tools for Writers, 2nd ed cover

For those who’ve asked, I plan to publish a print version soon.

SiWC was fantastic. Friendly, diverse, and full of energy. I was so busy giving my own workshops, giving blue pencil sessions (quick reads with feedback), fitting in an occasional run and some fresh air, and recovering from the crowd that I didn’t make it to many workshops. But the keynote speakers were amazing.

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Steven Tyler (red jacket) at the airport. Blurry because I was trying to be discreet, LOL.

A few highlights include meeting Diana Gabaldon of Outlander fame in the elevator, and seeing Steven Tyler of Aerosmith at the Vancouver airport on my way home. I also met or reconnected with many other cool people, some of whom I “knew” in person or through social media, and many more who were new to me. I enjoyed them all.

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Me with awesome creative coach Kim Strom.

For the most part, writers are just plain nice people, and there’s nothing like being surrounded by hundreds of people who “get” you.

Mary Robinette Kowal and her puppet at lectern

Mary Robinette Kowal–well, actually her puppet–giving a keynote.

By the way, you have to check out Tetsuro Shigematsu. This broadcaster, actor, and playwright gave a tear-jerker of a keynote speech about his father—most of the speakers had us alternating between laughing and crying, especially Liza Palmer and Mary Robinette Kowal—and has the best facial hair and wardrobe ever. (Sorry, my pics didn’t turn out.) I’d listen to him read just about anything, and I hope his play Empire of the Son comes to the U.S. one of these days. I’ll be first in line.

Now, I’m trying to catch up on my work stuff. Today, my latest Scrivener post went up at Writer Unboxed, complete with video. It’s called “4 Ways to Make Notes in Scrivener” and covers annotations, comments, and document/project notes. I hope you’ll check it out.

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Deserted international terminal connector in Vancouver. Scary.

Happy Halloween!