I Created an Account on Substack, Accidentally

Substack is an online platform for subscription-based newsletters. As a writer, I’ve been on forums where people hype it up as a great way to build and maintain a dedicated readership. As a person who does not wish to engage with most forms of social media, I’ve read articles about the recent Twitter fiasco that… Continue reading I Created an Account on Substack, Accidentally

How to Transfer an Old Scrivener Project to Scrivener 3 (Windows)

If you’ve recently gotten a new Windows PC and upgraded to the latest version of Scrivener, as I have, you’ll need to make sure you use the proper set of steps when transferring your old Scrivener projects to ensure that all the data is copied as it should be. If you copy just the file… Continue reading How to Transfer an Old Scrivener Project to Scrivener 3 (Windows)

How to Create a New Character Sketch Template for Scrivener

The default character sketch template in Scrivener for Windows works well enough if you want to track a few key details about the characters in your novel. It can also be edited to add more information or take it away. But have you ever wanted to just start from scratch and create a brand-new template… Continue reading How to Create a New Character Sketch Template for Scrivener

Character Sheet Template for Fiction Writing

Character sheets can be a great way of brainstorming and organizing information about characters. Especially in a book or book series in which there are many characters or certain characters that appear infrequently, it can be an extremely helpful reference for maintaining continuity. In this post, I’m going to lay out some tips for designing… Continue reading Character Sheet Template for Fiction Writing

Creating a Custom Dictionary for Microsoft Word

As a sci-fi and fantasy writer, I do a lot of world building. I create new words for fictional creatures, places, and concepts. I keep track of them to ensure I’m using them consistently. And I appreciate when the software I’m writing in can help with that, at least in terms of spelling. You probably… Continue reading Creating a Custom Dictionary for Microsoft Word

How to Get Super Critter on Critique Circle

If you’ve spent time on Critique Circle, you’ve probably seen authors or critiquers with a star symbol next to their usernames. If you hover over it, you see that these people are Super Critters, but what exactly does that accomplishment mean? What does it take to be awarded it? Well, a large part of the… Continue reading How to Get Super Critter on Critique Circle

Showing or Hiding Chapter Titles in Scrivener Compiles

One of my favorite things about Scrivener is being able to have a folder for each chapter and a text for each scene. I love being able to drag and drop for easy reordering, and I especially love being able to identify which scene or chapter I’m looking for based on the title I gave… Continue reading Showing or Hiding Chapter Titles in Scrivener Compiles

Using Excel Timelines for Fiction Writing

If you own Excel and are looking for a way to store a timeline of events for your novel, this is the guide for you! I’m going to outline two different methods and show how examples tailored specifically to writers. Note that I’m using Excel 365, the latest subscription version. The First Option The first… Continue reading Using Excel Timelines for Fiction Writing

How to Change Indents and Line Length in Scrivener

Today I’m going to talk about a little thing that annoyed me for a while when I was learning how to use Scrivener. I had trouble finding other help articles online for this, so here you go! The problem, in short, comes when I copy text from Microsoft Word. No matter how little I copy,… Continue reading How to Change Indents and Line Length in Scrivener