Gwen Hernandez’ online Scrivener training courses

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.

They are:

  • 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.

Ady

 

Taking part in the A-Z Blogging Challenge

This year I’m going to take 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.

Excellent post – Markdown workflows for scrivener, blogging and Evernote

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.

Ady

I’m curating a whole host of Scrivener-related resources here. Please pop by and take a look.

Achieve your goals – visually – with Goalscape

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.

New Word of the Day, 5th November 2013

I love the English language – the way that it so easily accommodates the creation of new words. Today, whilst clearing down my blog feeds, I came across

voluntold

used in the phrase

[He] was voluntold to take the lead on performance tuning.

I love it.

Hat tip to The Daily WTF.

Famous Authors’ Handwritten Outlines

Outline for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, by JK Rowling. [Via Chandler Baker]. Click the image to view her original.

I came across this post on the Flavorwire site showing a number of authors’ Outlines for their novels. I find it interesting to see both the similarities and differences between the various examples.

Personally, if I wasn’t outlining electronically, I would go for the spreadsheet-like format (although it only gives you 2 degrees of freedom, I wouldn’t be able to cope with a looser organisation). I’d be interested in seeing how some of these would look electronically – Scapple and Aeon Timeline would be my choices.