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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

Writing actions with consequences

In a well-crafted story, every item introduced or action taken has a purpose or consequence. Simple in theory, but not easy to implement in practice. However, I recently watched a film–The Debt–that struck me for how well it made use of every single action. I didn’t like the ending very much, but the execution was

Using Scrivener for nonfiction

Over the years, I’ve talked a lot about how I use Scrivener to work on my manuscripts–the genesis of my Scrivener Tips page–but that was all fiction work. It’s been interesting working on the Scrivener For Dummies (SFD) book and finding that I use the software a bit differently for nonfiction. Here’s a brief rundown

So that’s what I sound like…

About a month ago, my former Scrivener student Lynne Klippel asked me if I’d do an interview about Scrivener for her online author summit, Successful Author Secrets. I was pretty nervous about the whole idea of a delayed-but-essentially-live broadcast, but I think it came out pretty well, despite being on my cell phone. And I

Getting into the Games

After much nagging from my kids, urging from writer friends, and the debut of the movie–which I thought was really well done–I finally decided I needed to read The Hunger Games. I’m not big into young adult fiction–though I loved the Harry Potter series–but I can see why Suzanne Collins’ books are such a big

Flashback: Get passionate

You thought this post was going to be about writing sex scenes didn’t you? 😉 Sorry, but I’m talking about passion in the larger sense as defined by the Mac dictionary: strong and barely controllable emotion. What are you passionate about? Global warming? U.S. involvement in the Middle East? Sea turtles? Education? Adoption? Animals? School