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Fun, sexy reads

Fun, sexy reads

Looking for fast-paced, sexy romantic suspense with military heroes? The novels are connected but can stand alone. Find fun facts and excerpts on each book's page.

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Scrivener Training for Everyone

Scrivener Training for Everyone

Need help with Scrivener? I provide Scrivener training to individuals and groups all over the world through online courses, in-person workshops, and private training sessions.

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Resources for Writers and Scrivener Users

Resources for Writers and Scrivener Users

A great reference for new and experienced Scrivener users, a guide to software and apps that help with productivity, and essays on every facet of writing from the Writer Unboxed contributors.

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3 Men of Steele ebooks for under $2

Looking to get into some adventures this weekend? Then stock up now because the first three ebooks in my Men of Steele series are on sale through Thursday.

Click a link below to view the series on your favorite retailer.

Bonus for Kobo readers: Get 25% off of the fourth book, Running Blind, through the end of January by using 25JAN at checkout.

Happy reading!

Compile Webinars are this week

If you want in on the Scrivener 3 Compile Ready webinar, sign up now. The Mac session is on Wednesday (11 Jan 2023), and Windows is on Thursday (12 Jan 2023).

MAC | WINDOWS

If you can’t attend live—or want to watch again—the replay will be available through 31 March 2023.

Compile Ready is right for you if you need to know how to get your work out of Scrivener in a professional format for agents, editors, critique partners, or retailers.

This webinar will teach you to create professionally formatted files for agents, editors, readers, and retailers.

Give me 90 minutes and I’ll give you the tools you need to:

• Select what gets compiled

• Format the output

• Create a DOCX

• Create an EPUB 

• Create a PDF for print-on-demand

• Troubleshoot common issues, like chapter headings, hashtags, epilogues

• Use images for scene breaks and in chapter headings

• And more!

MAC | WINDOWS

I finished the manuscript!

I did it! After two years—an ignominious record for me—I finally, finally, finally finished my latest manuscript. It was a challenge for so many reasons (end of a series, start of a new series, the pandemic, my adult kids coming and going for months at a time, elections, my husband working from home, me getting increasingly worried that I’d lost my ability to finish a book), but the first draft is D-O-N-E.

What a relief!

The best thing about having it done, besides restoring my confidence that I can actually finish a 75000-word book, is that I learned a lot about my writing process and how my brain works.

I had already planned to pay more attention to what worked for me while writing this book, and sometimes my experiments failed, which slowed me down. I’m also a heavy thinker, and my instinct is to sit and think about the book a lot. Turns out, that’s not the best practice for me.

In case you’re curious, here’s what does work for me:

  • Commit to 2-4 hours of time in the manuscript each writing day (even if I just end up writing about the writing, or doing research I need to move forward)
  • Wear headphones. Even if I have nothing playing, it’s creates a virtual cone of space around me that helps me get into the zone. I often work best with one song playing on repeat that kind of sets a mood and isn’t too intrusive, but neural beats or rain sounds work too.
  • Asking questions about whatever I’m stuck on (what should come next, how to resolve a situation, the villain’s motivation), and writing answers until something sparks. I’ve found this works even better with a large pad of drawing paper—a white board would also be great if I had the space—and colorful Sharpies.
  • Write some backstory, or just free-write thoughts about the manuscript and what’s going on. Writing begets writing. (And in my case, also triggers revisionist thoughts that help make the story better and move it forward.)
  • If stuck and writing about it hasn’t produced an answer yet, meditate, take a short nap, or go for a walk. Ask the questions before bed, in writing or out loud, and ponder them while falling asleep, or just after waking up.

I don’t think you should take that list as a prescription for your own writing. More as motivation to figure out your own best practices. If you already know, I’d love to hear about it!

Also, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the writer in your life, The Emotion Thesaurus is hands-down the reference book I use the most while writing. It gives me ideas for how to describe the emotion someone is feeling or displaying. What it feels like, where they feel it in the body, and how it manifests physically.

If I could only have one writing book, it would be this one.

I hope your own writing is going well. Have a wonderful holiday!!

My only intermediate Scrivener course

Have you been looking for a Scrivener class that covers all the fun features like color coding, using the Corkboard, tracking versions, adding comments, and more?

Then next week’s webinar is for you!

The Scrivener 3 Next-Level webinar is my only intermediate-level course. In it, you’ll learn how to:

  • Format your documents
  • View files side by side (great for research!)
  • Block out distractions
  • Mark specific text for follow-up
  • Store links to web pages and files
  • Color code your documents
  • Customize file icons
  • Track word count & set deadlines
  • Split & merge documents
  • Use Styles
  • Store versions of documents
  • Customize the toolbar
  • Save frequently used searches as Collections
  • Create your own project templates
  • Set up a series bible
  • Compile a DOCX

Sound good? Click one of the buttons below to sign up now.

I’ve decided to leave the replay up through the end of 2022, so if you can’t attend live, no worries!

Need more details?

WHAT: Scrivener 3 Next-Level ($99)

WHEN: December 7th (Mac) or December 8th (Windows) at 10am PST

WHERE: Zoom (video replay and handout included)

The live class will run about 90 minutes and will include an opportunity to ask questions. (If you can’t attend live, you can submit your question ahead of time.)

If you’re looking for a gift for yourself this holiday season, consider leveling up your Scrivener skills. 🙂

Secret Santa is coming to town

If you’re looking for a treat for yourself, check out the only holiday-themed event I’m participating in this year: Secret Santa Days. It’s where a (very large) group of romance authors plays Santa for you, our readers. I hope you’ll join us for the fun and gifts.

So. Many. Gifts.

It’s happening this Friday and Saturday on Facebook. To get involved, all you need to do is join the Dangerously Dark Darlings group and show up.

I can’t tell you what I’m giving away yet because I’m a secret Santa. You’ll just have to stop by and find out! (My post will go up sometime on Friday.)

Hope to see you there!

Jump-Start Webinars are this week

QUICK REMINDER: If you wanted in on the Scrivener 3 Jump-Start webinar, sign up now. The Mac session is on Wednesday, and Windows is on Thursday!

Remember, if you can’t make it live, the replay will be available for 14 days after the event.

The Jump-Start is right for you if you’re still struggling to wrap your head around Scrivener, you’re using it—but aren’t very confident—or you feel like maybe you missed the key basics along the way.

Click a button above to learn more or sign up today. I hope to see you Wednesday or Thursday!