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    Timey-wimey writing stuff


    People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y

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    Stuck in Life


    Some days I feel like I’m moving in super slo-mo through a gelatinous wall of gooey stuff, with a voice critiquing every movement and thought like a sport commentator during

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    SNAFU & FUBAR


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    reconstituted


    trapped in a gravity well of despair vexation stress obligations confound and bind emotional weave and weft shred under pressure corporeal bits ruptured a cry against denouement foundered by exhaustion hope stripped

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    So, You Want To Be A Writer


    When asked what it takes to be a writer, authors often say ‘I had an idea and the book just flowed’. What they fail to mention is all the steps

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    Filling my creative well


    Every person in the world should give themselves permission to fill their creative well. You don’t have to write the next bestselling novel or paint a masterpiece or bake the

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    And the words go on and on


    I do not have a quiet brain. It churns constantly as it processes the sensory input. I tend to notice everything and am easily distracted by things that catch my

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    A perfect moment


    How often have you said, ‘It has to be perfect?’ and missed an opportunity to learn and grow waiting for that speck of perfection? I have and I’ve missed out

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    What inspires you?


    Sorry it’s been a while. Life has been working me hard and wringing me out like an old, smelly, dishrag. The good news is I’m writing. The bad news is

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    A Journey


    memories bob along the unruly currents raw edges smoothed by the never-ending flow hydrodynamics alter density and weight trickles of shifting flows erode landscapes layers revealed and illuminated transforming long-buried

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Not so mysterious any more

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I’m a self-professed techie. I love to learn new software and play with tech toys (i.e. new computers, tablets, etc.). I’m happy to beta-test software with the sole purpose of breaking it.

Why do I tell you all of this? Simple, Scrivener writing software has always stumped me. I think in part because it is a feature rich program that requires more than my usual style of poking around and not reading the manual.

James River Writers brought Jennifer Hughes of Scrivener in for the July Writing Show on how to organize your research and two Scrivener master classes (a beginning and advance).

Wow! Scrivener totally ROCKS!!!!!!

Apparently, I just needed a hands on training to unlock the mystery of how to effectively use the program. While in the class, I mapped out and organized a new project.

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I feel like I can jump into my writing, while keeping track of my research, characters, and world-building. I’m going to have to reverse engineer some completed projects so I can move forward into the next part of a series.

I’m taking a deep breath and bring myself down to Earth.

As a confirmed panster, there comes a time in any project I’m working on where I need to be organized. Why? I build complicated worlds and an array of primary, secondary, and tertiary characters I need to keep track of.

I was (and am) impressed with how it will allow for my panster ways and maybe convert me into being a better organized writer.

Now that I’ve gushed. Here are a few drawbacks that I have found. Scrivener is only available for the Apple OS and Windows. I use my Android tablet to do most of my writing. There is a rumor that Scrivener is coming out with an Android compatible program. For now, I’ll write my way then copy my new text into it’s Scrivener home.

In the end, all that matters is that you find a tool that can keep you organized (research & writing) and not be so complicated it gets in the way of your creativity.

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