Scrivener outputs your manuscript, or parts thereof, in many different formats. Here are screenshots of what the output looks like with comments and synopsis included, for one particular scene in Part 1 of Salvage. Note I still need to learn to keep internal thought italicized, instead of changing to underlined.
Currently, my five top writing resources:
- Writing Excuses. This podcast rocks. Professional authors, relevant information, no fluff, just the meat of what good writing is.
- The Business of Being a Writer. Jane Friedman’s Facebook group is invaluable to prepare me for professional publication, electronically or otherwise.
- Scrivener. There’s no doubt this writing tool has organized my writing and increased my productivity.
- Absolute Write. This website forum is massive with very active members. It’s helped answer wide-ranging questions, given me a way to hone my critiquing skills, provided a mechanism for others’ input to my work, and much more.
- Google. Yes, okay, it’s ubiquitous. But, it’s still so very useful. How do I use it?
- Google Search: writer’s workshops, the difference between alpha and beta readers, whether or not making water from hydrogen and oxygen in space is better than collecting ice and melting it… and so much more.
- Google Drive, principally to share writing excerpts for critique, or to critique others’ work
- Google mail. I have an account just for my writing, including newsletters that I subscribe to.
…an astounding ambiguity with terminology. You’d think, as long as writing has been around, those in the publishing industry would have agreed to standard definitions, a standard vocabulary. Not so.
And, surprisingly, neither has the software industry. Software being considered more of a science, one would expect practitioners to have agreed on common terms. Yet, even what title you call one who codes, develops, and engineers software varies: software engineer, programmer, software developer, systems engineer, systems analyst, and many more.
So, with those who read a book in draft form one can have critiquers, alpha-readers, beta-readers, writing partners, mentors, development editors, line-by-line editors, and more.
One might argue that each of these titles connotes a different flavor of responsibility, but the lines are definitely blurred.
The draft of Part 1 of Salvage received more tinkering. It’s a good way for me to warm up my writing brain.
I don’t want to go overboard tweaking the first part of Salvage endlessly — and I haven’t. Drafting of Part 2 is coming along.
I’ve also formed some thoughts on an essay on Christian music lyrics as well as an article about Amazon’s Echo. It’s been a change of pace from my fiction work, rather refreshing mentally.
I’m also building relationships with other writers, swapping critiques, and I’m nailing down alpha readers for polished drafts of Salvage.
Deliberations continue about meeting other writers face-to-face. Conferences? I’m not quite ready yet. However, the bigger city an hour away has writer meetups. I may check them out in June.
That’s all for this month.
Is your goal to find other writers you can meet face-to-face, who want to be published, who strive for professionalism as an author, and who want to share the journey and exchange feedback on a periodic basis?
If you answered yes, what are your options?
When developing an essay, going from an idea to a thesis is a process. From my journal, here are a few of my notes developing an idea about Christian music lyrics.
Scrivener lives up to its reputation. I splurged on it last month and have not regretted it for a minute. Getting by with various MS Word and Excel document was working, but comparing getting by to Scrivener is like comparing hiking without a map to racing a Ferrari on a track.
I’d recommend it to most writers.
As a beginning writer, I’ve struggled with describing my story ideas. After research, thought, and effort around the definitions of idea, concept, premise, synopsis, and theme in writing, I discovered a solid concept, premise, and synopsis can help me craft the story more robustly.
I came up with the following premise and synopsis for Salvage:
Part 1 of Salvage, Episode 1, is almost drafted! It’s taken awhile, but it’s closer than it’s ever been. So exciting!
There’s always more to learn about the craft of writing, and more to revise. Meanwhile, I’m also starting to work on finding beta readers. If you’re interested in being one, let me know.