No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksThis week, the writing links feature articles about hooks, Scrivener, and general writing tips.  A few of the articles are about life as a writer.  I hope you relate to these as much as I did.  Grab your cup coffee and settle into your chair for a good read.

How to Reduce Formatting Time Using Scrivener

Need tips on getting published in #magazines ?

How to write a book synopsis better: 9 tips

Digging Deep and Writing Raw to Find My Story

11 Ways to Write a Character-Focused Story That Still Feels Action-Packed

THREE RULES FOR SURVIVING A CREATIVE LIFE

Please shut up: Why self-promotion as an author doesn’t work.

Snag ’em and Bag ’em! Mastering Hooks

UNSEEN: HOW WOMEN WRITERS STRUGGLE WITH FEELING INVISIBLE

Writing a Series Using the Snowflake Method

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13 thoughts on “No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links”

  1. Hey wendy,
    thanks for these. When i get two seconds to spare, im going to read the one on scrivener for sure. I kind of checked into it this summer, toyed with it a little but was overwhelmed with all its functions. But I think it could probably be agreat tool, once u take the itme to figure it out.
    Do u use it on a regular basis?
    And what do u like the best about it?
    what features would u recommend to give a try at first, especially in scripting out my novel chapters…..

    1. Hi Lisa. Yes, I use Scrivener as my main writing tool. I don’t draft in it, for that I use an alphasmart Neo, but I compose short stories, articles and other shorter works in the system. Where Scrivener shines is helping you organize and revise your novels. I do all my revisions in Scrivener and don’t know what I did before I discovered this handy program. I also use Scrivener to organize my blog and store new blog topics to write.

      What I like best about Scrivener is the ability to organize my novel and write it from any direction I want. You don’t need to write from beginning to end as you do in Word.

      Scrivener is a bit learning intensive, so it is best to start slowly with the program. I usually recommend making each chapter a file and putting them in as you would in a word document. Make a point to add meta-data to your completed chapters. Get to know about the project target feature. You can set goals for word counts and other information there. Learn how to label your chapters in the inspector. These are the basics. As you go forward, you will learn about other features that are handy, but less used and slowly incorporate them. It took me a good year to get comfortable with Scrivener, but now that I am, I would not go back.

      I’ve written a few articles here on No Wasted Ink about how I use Scrivener. I’ll put in links below for you. They are short and might help you learn faster than going over a long tutorial book.

      PREP YOUR NOVEL FOR SELF-EDITING IN SCRIVENER
      https://nowastedink.com/2014/05/09/prep-your-novel-for-self-editing-in-scrivener/

      CREATING THE OUTLINE OF A NOVEL FROM NOTEBOOK TO SCRIVENER
      https://nowastedink.com/2012/08/17/creating-the-outline-of-a-novel-from-notebook-to-scrivener/

      BLOG ORGANIZATION WITH SCRIVENER
      https://nowastedink.com/2012/08/03/blog-organization-with-scrivener/

      1. so terrific of u Wendy. Thanks so much for all this. Am filing it away for when I have a second to breathe and actually get to it, hopefully soon! Now that I’m about 80 pages into my novel, I see that I need some organizagional assistance, and this just might fit the bill.
        Will keep u posted on how it goes!
        OH, and I also put up links to my guest post here on blogging201, a creeative writing class on Wp that Im in now.
        May get some new visitors. We’ll see!
        Cheers!

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