Scrivener: Writing Program Review

Many years ago, I was one of the winners of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which is held every November and has participants from around the world. That year, one of the prizes for winning was a free copy of Scrivener. That was about ten years ago, when I wrote the rough draft for Crimson Knight.

I have only had to update and pay for the right to use the program three times, and the program has gotten better in many ways and in others, it needs more work.

One of the issues I’ve found with it is that you practically have to take a course to learn how to use the program. In fact, there are quite a few online classes as well as books teaching you how to use Scrivener. I didn’t have those resources so, I wasted quite a few hours learning how to do things correctly. It was a lot of trial and error, mostly error, and I am still not fully sure of what I’m doing.

That said, let’s talk about the program a bit.

What is Scrivener?

Scrivener is a program designed to help writers write. Sounds like a word processor from back in the day, but it does a great deal more than that. In addition to helping you format your work using either the presets provided or custom elements, it also:

  1. Assists with editing during the writing process by highlighting words spelled incorrectly and missing punctuation.
  2. Allows you to choose how you want to set up your project by choosing either a blank page for a custom project or choosing presets like manuscript, recipe, play, journal, etc.
  3. Saves your work as almost a dozen different formats including .docx and .pdf

Manuscript Production

This is the main reason I chose to use Scrivener many years ago. Once you decide to write a manuscript, it allows you to choose which kind: fiction or non-fiction as well as play/movie script. Then it:

a. Set up Title Page and Chapters

b. Separates Chapters into Scenes

c. Provides a Corkboard view so you can check each scene individually with ease

d. Has places for notes and research

e. Saves everything in one file so you don’t have to worry about losing your notes or forgetting where you found something.

f. Compiles the finished project according to choice: print or e-book.

My Experiences

My main issue was learning how to format and make sure all the formatting was done to the entire body of work. I have found you have to preset all the formatting vales before you start writing because if you don’t, it’s a major headache having to go back and fix everything.

Also, formatting for an e-book is much different than formatting for a print book, and you have to pay attention to the space around your text so you don’t use more than an e-book creator program will allow you to. Same with print, many self publishing programs have boundaries on the book pages you can’t put anything in because it will be damaged during the printing and cutting process.

Conclusion

Scrivener is a great program and despite all my issues learning how to use it, I don’t want to use anything else. The only error in this program that I’ve found is user error. I suggest buying a book and taking a course to learn how to use the program unless you’re hands on like me and don’t mind finding out how to use it on your own.

Don’t take my word for it, of course. Try out the program for yourself. I think there are trial versions available. If you like it, it’s well worth the price of the licensing.

If you already use the program, feel free to let me know your thought/feelings about the program. I’d love to hear from you.

Before I go, I want to remind everyone of the raffle I have going on for a few more days! If you’re new here, check out the full story at the link below:

https://wordpress.com/post/bkgriffinsnest.com/1546

Thank you so much for reading down this far!

See you on the flipside and forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Writing Prompt: Write a Short Scene

with you favorite Disney character. It can be anything you want. Have them meet you in our world or theirs. Have them meet someone else . Describe them walking into a room or reading a love letter. Whatever you like.

The main thing in this exercise is to make it 300 words or less and SHOW don’t TELL. Yes, there is a difference.

This is just meant to be another fun exercise to help you develop your SHOW skills. Feel free to post your results in the comment below or link to them where you have posted them. I would love to see what you come up with!

Also, don’t forget the raffle going on! There’s still time for you to get in on it. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out the link to the post below

Raffle

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

YouTube Tuesday: Cutest Voodoo

I have something very different for you this week!

If you love horror, sparkly things, gothic stuff and cute things, you’re going to love Bec from Cutest Voodoo!! She makes the dark side mega adorbs!! I have the pleasure of being able to talk to her as well, and she wanted me to share the following video with you as we both thought you might like it!

You really should give the above video a look as well as the other things she has on her YouTube channel. She has something for everyone! If that wasn’t all, she also has an Etsy store!!

Cutest Voodoo on Etsy

If you like what you see, or even if you don’t, please let her know by liking/disliking and/or subscribing to her channel!! Comments are also greatly appreciated!

Enjoy!

Also, don’t forget to enter the raffle I have going on, there’s still time to get in on it!! Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out the post link below to find out more!

Raffle

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Raffle is at Halfway!

This means you only have one week left before the raffle is done, and the winner is both chosen and announced!! For those of you who are new here, I am holding a raffle to help me pay off Mimi’s vet bills. She is recovering from a severe bout of bronchitis. I am having trouble paying the bills for her so, we’re trying to raise funds by holding a raffle.

So, what are we raffling off?? It’s a handmade crocheted accent/throw pillow in bright colors:

This lovely can be machine washed, but if you have an agitator(as most people still do), it’s best to put inside a pillow case or a lingerie bag so the fringe doesn’t get caught. It can also be dried in the dryer. It won’t shrink, fade or bleed on your clothes! The yarn is mostly acrylic, but it’s still very soft.

Tickets are 50 cents American, and if you want to be less than $5 American, you can use the custom button below to buy less. I haven’t figured out how to change things on the donation form yet so please, forgive me this time!

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Your help is greatly appreciated I assure you!! This time next Monday, I will be choosing and announcing the winner of the raffle. It could be you!

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has entered so far!! I wish I could say so in person but considered yourselves HUGGED!! Mimi means a great deal to me especially since she is my constant companion!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

DIY Wood Working Project

https://diywoodproject.com/

This site is perfect for anyone interested in working with wood, from the beginner to the expert. In addition to having lots of things to make, this blog also discussing all things wood related including pests like termites. jobs in the wood working industry and where to find plans for projects not on the blog.

I am not a wood worker myself, but my son is. He found the site very informative and interesting. If you’re into working with wood, or you want to check into, I suggest checking out this blog to see what it has to offer you.

Let me know what you think of it as I’d really like to know, and be sure to let the blogger know as well!

Before I go, I’d like to remind everyone I have a raffle going on to help me pay for Mimi’s vet bills. I took her to the vet today for a check up and while she is doing better, the bills aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. I could really use the help paying for them. For more information about the raffle, check out the lower portion of the post below and if you want to get less than $5 worth of entries, please, use the Custom button:

https://wordpress.com/post/bkgriffinsnest.com/1480

Mimi and I greatly appreciate any help you can give us!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Free Pattern Friday: Street Fair Boho Purse

This gorgeous crocheted purse was designed by Jess Coppom and can be found on her website: Make and Do Crew. You will need to scroll down pretty far down to find the pattern, but it’s worth the effort!

This is on my To-Do list of things to make this year, and I definitely have the page bookmarked!

Let me know if you try this pattern as I’d love to see what you make!!

I would also like to remind everyone I am having a raffle to help me pay for Mimi’s vet bills. For more information about the raffle including what I’m raffling off, go to the post below:

https://wordpress.com/post/bkgriffinsnest.com/1480

Information will be close to the bottom of the post. If you want to purchase less that $5 worth of entries please use the Custom button provided.

Thank you for your help, Mimi and I greatly appreciate it!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

STEEMIT – site review

I have not been on this site long so this isn’t a definitive review. I just wanted to bring this site to your attention because more and more sites like this one are popping up. I am not sure why, but this is the current trend.

STEEMIT uses blockchain technology to store all the content added to it. People can earn STEEM, a cryptocurrency only useful on this site, and it’s sole use seems to be to allow the posters to add more content to the blockchain.

As I’ve said, I’m still new to this site. I have found that threads that claim to be English are full of posts in non-English languages and thus, I am unable to respond or add to the posts in order to earn STEEM.

It’s also not that user-friendly, and you have to dig to find anything helpful to aid you in learning how to use the site. They have an Academy, but I haven’t found much of use on there so far.

I am not sure how active I’ll end up being on this site, but I don’t want you taking my word for how the site is. I encourage you to check out the site yourself and decide on your own if you’ll use the site or not.

If you do check out the site, please share your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you!

Before I go, I’d like to remind everyone I have a raffle going to help me pay for some of Mimi’s vet bills. Please, feel free to use the custom button for buying less than $5 worth of entries. For more information check out the bottom of this post:

https://wordpress.com/post/bkgriffinsnest.com/1497

Thank you so much in advance, Mimi and I greatly appreciate it!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Writing Prompt: Descriptions

Every writer, at some point, has to describe someone or something in their work. Anne Rice wrote pages describing how a room looked, to the smallest detail. Other writers are minimalists when it comes to description, preferring to allow the reader to use their imagination. Case in point was Stephen King describing the demon in IT and not Pennywise.

For this exercise, I’d like you to describe something or someone without coming out and saying who/what they are. Let us, as the readers, try to figure it out. The description can be as long as 500 words or as short as 12 as long as they are descriptive and not cryptic! 🙂

Here is my attempt:

Standing by the water’s edge, eyes on the open water, it shone in the light of the rising sun. Tall yet sleek and powerfully built, it stood in complete stillness, waiting.

Put your answers in the comments below to see if you guess what it is!

Quick reminder I am raffling off a throw/accent pillow to help me offset the costs of Mimi’s recent vet bills – she has bronchitis but is on the mend. Each entry is 50 cents American. For more information, check out the original post:

https://wordpress.com/post/bkgriffinsnest.com/1480

Mimi and I greatly appreciate all the help you can give us!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

YouTube Tuesdays: Jen’s Kreative Kreations

This week, I want to share the channel of a fantastically gifted visual artist named Jen. She does all kinds of wonderful creations from watercolor paintings to journals and so much more! As a fellow Texan, I am delighted to share her work with all of you, and I hope you like her as much as I do!

I am in love with this beautiful reminder of more innocent times when Pooh and his friends were a big part of my life and that of my youngest son. So many sweet memories tied up with these fellows. I always related best to Eeyore myself.

After you’ve watched this video, you should check out her other videos! She has a lot of eye candy to delight most members of your family and keep you on YT for hours, if not days!!!

If you like any of her work let her know by commenting on the video you like and subscribing to her channel. I know she’d appreciate the feedback!

In case you missed yesterday’s post, I am raffling off a throw/accent pillow to help offset the cost of Mimi’s vet bills. She’s still ill, but she’s recovering. She’s suffering from a bad bout of bronchitis from what the vet tells me. Raffle entries are 50 cents American, and the raffle will last two weeks, starting today. The donation button is on yesterday’s post towards the bottom:

https://wordpress.com/post/bkgriffinsnest.com/1480

Mimi and I greatly appreciate any help you can give us!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Discord and MSAL Update

I have Discord now! That’s right! Now, if you like, you can talk to me on Discord! I’m in the United States, Central Time, and I have it up most of the day as I work on things. If interested, here’s the link:

https://discord.gg/P8NtNMhQ

The above will take you to my server on Discord: B.K. Griffin, Author

I look forward to chatting with you all in real time!

MSAL

Here is what my version of the Linens and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long project looks like. This is January through March. April’s new arrival is the block on the top right. I’ll post a picture of it when it’s done. 🙂

If you’d like to join me and others in stitching this wonderful pieces based on Talavera Pottery, the link is below:

MSAL

In other news, my Mimi has been very ill and to pay for her vet bills, I am raffling off a handmade throw pillow. It’s crocheted using 100% acrylic yarn that is machine washable, won’t shrink, bleed, or fade. It’s very soft for being acrylic. A single entry is 50cents American, and you can use the donate button below to enter. I will do a drawing in two weeks. Mimi and I will appreciate any help you can give us.

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The receipt you will receive will be linked to my author site, Griffin’s Nest on sitey.com so don’t be worried you’re being scammed. I also have Paypal, but you’ll need to message me to get that information.

Thank you so much for your help with Mimi and her vet bills. She means the world to me!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!