The week–nay, the month–in publishing has been a bit off-kilter.
Rather than rehash, we shall reset with a hodgepodge of links to remind us of why we do what we do: Books and stories. Yay.
By Kelly Ford
I came to Scrivener the way I come to a lot of things: Oh. Fun. Want.
When I wandered into the tea shop to meet my Novel Incubator mentee, Kelly Robertson, she had her laptop open and I saw a fun corkboard with lots of colored tabs. Tell me more, I said. The gist: Scrivener made her think, oh. It looks so organized. It makes me feel organized. Want.
If there’s a time for writer organization, it’s National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, which begins November 1. There are many fantastic features in Scrivener, such as the satisfying ding! that notifies you when you’ve reached your word count for the day and the snazzy character profile board that makes you feel like you’re working a big FBI sting in a back room somewhere. But if you’re just getting started, it can be overwhelming. Here’s my quick and dirty guide to getting your Scrivener on during NaNoWriMo or any other time you find yourself up against a deadline.
With your first sentence, you want to give your readers a good taste of what’s to come in your novel. With the last, a satisfying finish that reflects the whole. Sometimes, it works. Other times, not so much.
This week, we focus on how sentences can make or break writers. Plus, a grammar lesson for those of us who still need help.
I had planned to write an instructional post on the use of spreadsheets in writing a novel, but life happened this week. Right after the deadline for this post got moved up, my whippets decided that this was the perfect time to wage a war, or more specifically, my younger male whippet, Zephyr, decided it was time to beat up my older female whippet, Zoe. He attacked her repeatedly last week, leaving her cowering near the front door, begging to be let out of the house. The next four days were incredibly stressful. I got little done. I hovered over them waiting for the next attack. I called a dog trainer friend of mine in a panic. I thought horrible thoughts of what would happen if they never got along again. Read More →
By Rob Wilstein
If you were unfortunate enough to miss Craft on Draft’s inaugural event in April, here’s your chance to get in on the Coolest Reading Series in the World. The event in April was a sold-out (tickets are free) fun gathering of readers and writers held at Trident Booksellers on Newbury Street, a convivial space for food, drink, and friends. Read More →