Coming just in time for this year’s NaNoWriMo, on 22nd October, Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant of the “Self Publishing Podcast” are teaming up with Joseph Michael (AKA Scrivener Coach) to present a FREE webinar on their ‘Scrivener Beats’ writing methodology.
Scrivener & Scapple Updates for Mac OS X Yosemite
The folks at Literature & Latte have announced a new version of Scrivener (V2.6) which provides better compatibility with Apple’s latest operating system ‘Yosemite’. If you have bought Scrivener directly from them, then you can upgrade it now from it’s application menu. If, like me, you bought your version through Apple’s App Store, then you’ll have to wait for Apple to approve it before it’ll appear as an update. Hopefully this won’t take too long, but things are always a little backlogged at the store when an OS upgrade is pushed out. The blog post also hints at further development work on both the Mac and Windows versions - for the latter to bring it more in to line with the (more advanced) Mac version. And finally, there’s more evidence that the mobile (iOS) version of Scrivener is still on the roadmap:
Our iOS version is progressing, too, and we’ll be releasing updates for both the Mac and Windows versions of Scrivener next year to provide iOS sync functionality.
There’s also a new version of Scapple (V1.2) – announced in the same blog post, but I almost missed it!
We have also released Scapple 1.2 for Mac, which likewise addresses all known Yosemite compatibility issues.
Gwen Hernandez, author of romance novels and scrivener expert user (she wrote “Scrivener for Dummies” and “Productivity tools for writers: An introduction to free and low-cost programs that help you organize, prioritize, and focus“), has announced a new batch of online training courses for 2014.
- Scrivener I: The Basics and Beyond (Mac & Windows), September 8-24
- Scrivener II: Intermediate and Advanced Concepts (Mac & Windows), October 14-30
- Scrivener Master Course: Compile (Mac & Windows), December 8-17
These courses are designed to lead from novice to expert and are traditionally well received by those who participate. They are also great value for money, so check them out.
More great links added to my Scrivener Resources page.
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"The 10 Mistakes I've made...so you don't have to", (Slide Deck, 2011)
Taking part in the A-Z Blogging Challenge
This means I’ll be publishing a blog post every day in April (except Sundays). Just to confuse matters, I’m going to be doing the challenge on my Sett blog (which is new and in need of some posts).
My Sett blog is for more personal reflections – more like a diary-come-memoir – and I hope you’ll stop by there and read the pieces.
Click on the image to learn more about the A-Z Blogging Challenge.
I just came across this excellent post – “MY **MARKDOWN** WORKFLOWS FOR SCRIVENER, BLOGGING AND EVERNOTE” – on the Hunting Down Writing blog. It’s both excellent and thorough and I urge Scrivener and Evernote users to check it out. I’ve had difficulty working out how best to use markdown as my default formatting method and the workflows presented here are great.
I work best with the visual – pictures, diagrams, charts – rather than text and lists. When I take notes, I tend to create them as mind maps. I’m also approaching 50 and thinking about what I want from the rest of my life and so, when someone mentioned Goalscape in a LinkedIn discussion, I figured I should give it a look-see.
A positive view of change lends itself to growth. Fear of change is a menacing hindrance.