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I’m on a podcast

Someone who has a few ideas about how to organize your writing is Trevor Thrall, author of The 12 Week Year for Writers and host of the Get Your Writing Done podcast. He recently asked me to be a guest on his podcast, and my episode dropped this week. We discussed:

  • how I started writing, and why I began using Scrivener.
  • why I started teaching other writers.
  • how I ended up writing Scrivener For Dummies.
  • a little bit about my writing process. And…
  • some of Scrivener’s best features, including one that’s often overlooked.

The entire episode is only 40 minutes, and you can listen (or read the transcript) here or through your favorite podcast platform. Let me know what you think!

New post at WU on Alternate Uses for Scrivener

Did you know you can use Scrivener for more than just writing a novel or memoir? I’ve highlighted a few ideas for you over at WriterUnboxed.com today, and there are more great suggestions in the comments. I hope you’ll stop by to check it out, ask a question, or share your own ways for using Scrivener beyond the manuscript.

And if you’re in the US, have a great Thanksgiving weekend! I’m grateful to all of you for being part of my community, and all the support you’ve given me over the years.

❤️

Oh no NaNo

Late summer and early fall have been busy, busy, busy. Things are starting to calm down, but when I’m not learning to play pickle ball—so much fun!—I’ve basically got my head down working on my current manuscript.

I’ve found the joy in my story again, and I pretty much don’t want to do anything else but work on it these days. Which is how I just today realized that National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) already started.

I’m not participating this year since I’m in the middle of a project and don’t want to stop (see previous paragraph), but I am trying to lay down as many words as possible before the end of the year.

How about you? Are you trying your hand at NaNo?

If so, here’s one of the many posts I’ve done on how Scrivener can help you hit your 1667 words/day: Winning NaNoWriMo with Scrivener.

And if you need help with anything else in Scrivener, you can find a list of all my blog posts on the subject at https://gwenhernandez.com/scrivener-tips/.

Upcoming Events

For the next few days I’ll be immersed in a virtual version of my favorite business conference for romance writers (Romance Author Mastermind), and I have a couple of appearances booked for the next few months.

Here’s what’s already on my schedule into the new year.

Whether you’re working toward 50K words this month or not, I hope this message finds you well as we race toward the end of 2021.

Interview replay now available

If you missed my appearance on John Hruby’s Author To Author Convo live last month, the replay is now available on YouTube. It was a fun (and rare) opportunity for me to talk about writing separate from Scrivener (though we did touch on Scrivener a bit too, of course).

One of my favorite things was getting to discuss the importance of figuring out how YOU best create. As a pantser who spent years trying to contort myself into the plotter I thought I had to be to be a good writer, I’m trying to get the message out.

We also discussed how to “fill the well” so you can keep writing, why story structure is helpful even if you don’t plot, and more.

If any of that sounds interesting, check it out and let me know what you think. 

Compile Mastery for Windows course is live!

If you struggle to compile your work in Scrivener 3, you're not alone. And I have good news!

My newest online course, Scrivener 3 Compile Mastery for Windows, is now live.

Want to know how to turn your manuscript into a Word document, print-ready PDF, ebook, or other file? This self-paced course provides the essential functions and features of compiling, and digs deep to show you how to customize your output.

By the end of the class, you will:

  • understand what compiling is.
  • be able to set up your project binder for best compile results.
  • know how to utilize section types for easier formatting.
  • understand the purpose of the Compile window’s sections.
  • be able to run through simple compile scenarios in minutes.
  • understand how to customize the Compile function for your needs.
  • be able to create drop caps, custom chapter headings, image separators, files for POD books, printed outlines, and more.

Includes:

  • 43 step-by-step lessons with screenshots
  • 18 instructional videos
  • Q&A with the instructor (via lesson comments)
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Enrollment includes instant and indefinite course access. What are you waiting for? Sign up today.

You deserve it. 🙂 

Looking for a fundamentals course, or something for the Mac? You can view all of my courses at ScrivenerClasses.com.

Spilling my writerly secrets (or something). Live on Saturday!

What are you doing on Saturday? If you’re not sure yet, consider joining me live as I take the hot seat on middle grade author and life/creativity coach John J. Hruby’s Author to Author Convo series! 

I’m not sure I’m as confident as he seems to think I am (see below), but I love talking about writing almost as much as John loves ellipses…

Are you ready to join us? To learn more about what John has planned for the interview, and get the RSVP link, keep reading. I hope to see you there!

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P.S. Scrivener peeps: The Scrivener 3 for Windows Compile Mastery course opens this week! Expect another post from me very, very soon. 😉

There is a solidness … a quality of ownership … that Gwen has about being a writer and an author. I don't sense it as ego. She is kind, fun, and generous. I look forward to you meeting her.

To me, it seems like she “knows who she is” and she's comfortable in her skin.

This is EXACTLY the type of author I want to talk to … and learn from.

And, this makes 100% sense to me. Gwen has written seven books. SEVEN. I look forward to our Author to Author Convo and Q & A on Saturday, July 17th. I invite you to join us for a lively and in-depth conversation about writing and the spirit of creativity.

I anticipate we will have an opportunity to learn a lot. I look forward to exploring how she:

  • Taps into inspiration (year after year … book after book).
  • Gets herself unstuck from procrastination & distractions … so she can write.
  • Creates and talks to her characters … and do they talk back?
  • Plots her stories or do they just “come to her” … or a little of both?
  • How she got started … what gave her the confidence to write her first book?
  • What keeps her going when times get tough?

I look forward to asking her:
What is the best writing advice she has ever heard that continues to serve her today?

Author to Author Convo
Saturday, July 17, 2021
10 am Pacific / 12 pm Central / 1 pm Eastern

Click Here to RSVP Now and to join us for a lively and inspiring conversation about creativity, inspiration, and productivity.

The Author to Author Convo series is created with the intention of Empowering Writers and assisting all of us with experiencing our next level of Creative Freedom and Productivity.

Talking Scrivener on the WRITE NOW! Workshop Podcast

For those who are wondering, I’m close to finishing Scrivener 3 Compile Mastery for Windows, so look for an announcement on that in the next few weeks. Until then, you might enjoy an interview I did about Scrivener on the WRITE NOW! Workshop Podcast with Kitty Bucholtz.

We had a lot of fun chatting about our favorite features and how we use them, as well as the best strategy for getting started with the software.

If you prefer video, you can even watch us on YouTube. (And, yes, I do need better lighting for my rare on-camera appearances. Hey, I’m used to sharing my screen with you, not my face.)

Find the episode on your favorite podcast app, or at one of the links below.

Web | YouTube

If you’re in the US, enjoy the upcoming holiday!