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Plotting for NaNoWriMo & Winners

I’ve always thought of myself as a pantser, despite the fact that my left brain generally rules all other areas of my life. So I was surprised to find potential scene lists for my first two manuscripts while flipping through old notebooks the other day. Apparently I did more planning in the early days than

Scrivener For Dummies available online

Scrivener For Dummies is out! Just in case you missed it, Scrivener For Dummies is now shipping from online retailers, is available in Kindle format (ePUB coming as soon as retailers decide to put it up), and should be on bookstore shelves in the US next Tuesday (Aug 21st). When I have information about foreign

My first podcast appearance

Today marks my first time on a podcast. It’s with the crazy bunch of guys from the Self Publishing Podcast, and we’re basically gushing about Scrivener the whole time. It was fun! I’d love to hear what you thought, or what you love about Scrivener that I didn’t get to mention. — Image credit: http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=14788 via Wikimedia

Show and tell

Show the readers everything, tell them nothing. ― Ernest Hemingway Writers are frequently admonished to show not tell, but what does that mean exactly? I’m no master yet, but Mary Buckham’s recent Body Language and Emotion class has helped a lot. (Seriously, if you get the chance to take anything she teaches, spend the money.)

Old work

I’ve been working on Scrivener For Dummies nearly non-stop since the end of February, but I finished edits last week, which means I can finally focus my efforts on my fiction again. I have four completed manuscripts under my belt, but I have at least as many that I’ve started and not finished for one