Monthly Archives: April 2013

Your Guide to Scrivener

scrivener_coverI’ve mentioned Scrivener here at least three times:

So you can tell I’m a big fan of this software. It’s about as simple as a complex piece of software can be — the beauty of it being that you don’t have to know how to use every single feature in order to use it. You can just open it and start typing, and slowly learn the features as you go.

That’s how I did it.

Despite there being great manuals, numerous “how-to” videos, and a great wiki, there was still room for a very quick, simple, guide to jump start you into the most useful features you might otherwise have missed. Like I have. Many times.

Here’s that guide, and it’s free: YOUR GUIDE TO SCRIVENER: THE ULTIMATE TOOL FOR WRITERS. Nicole Dioniso does a great job stepping you through the features that you didn’t know you need until you discover they exist. And these aren’t just wonky features you might use once every 7 years, either.

Have I mentioned Scrivener is awesome?

Scrivener is awesome. And so is this guide.

Obsessed with Creating

It’s nice that I now have people bugging me about wanting to read the next book. It really does help to motivate me to keep working on it. Another thing that helps is that I have a whole series of books plotted out from a high level, all inter-connected.

There’s a work/life balance that I struggle to maintain. I’m obsessive compulsive to a degree, as when I get into something I really get into it. But then some other shiny object attracts my attention, and then I’m off obsessing about something else.

It happens with my day job too, and I really had to go to extremes to counteract that — my continued employment depended on it. But then I find I get so wrapped up in a work-related project that I bring it home and work on it here, too, and that demolishes my “writing time.” And then there’s my health. If I’m sitting all day at work, it’s not good that I come home and sit all night as well working on a novel. Or a blog. Or redesigning a website. Or editing a podcast. Etc.

One of the many rationalizations I’d made about buying a really nice camera is that it would prompt me to go OUTSIDE and WALK AROUND, taking pictures. But that’s sporadic. I go through phases where I’m only interested in photography (hence my website). The problem is that I don’t want to go walking around with an expensive camera dangling around my neck all the time. This, of course, led to my rationalization about getting a phone with a good camera. Now I have a camera all the time, because that never leaves my side. Ever. If I don’t have it I break into a cold sweat and worry about it.

What it all boils down to is that I’m apparently obsessed with creating because I do it at home, at work, in my free time, practically during every waking moment. All too rare are the moments where I just relax, breathe, look at something pretty (without photographing or writing about it) and simply exist.

Is anyone else out there that way?

Fiction Writer’s Priorities

I keep having to remind myself this.

Move writing to the top of your priority list.

Move writing to the top of your priority list.