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Scrivener Writing Software Review

Scrivener Writing Software Review

Scrivener (pronounced in three syllables) Writing Software offers a neat way of solving the quantity vs. quality problem experienced by most NaNoWriMo participants. The volume of words produced inevitably leads to large sections that will never be worthy of publication. Scrivener’s “Dust Bin” file function lets you select offending text and save it to a…

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Computer Applications for NaNoWriMo

Your computer already has what you need to be a winner during November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Use these six computer applications (apps) to keep your progress constant at about seven pages per day. Spreadsheet Use single spreadsheet cells to briefly describe each main event from your story. On the line below each event…

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Your Story’s Calendar of Events

The Aeon Timeline story and character timeline.

Your characters remember their birthdays and when they faced all those conflicts you created. Your readers also remember and will spot any error or inconsistency in your story’s calendar of events. Aeon Timeline ($40 for Mac from Scribble Code) helps you plan and keep track of everything. A Windows version is in development to be…

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Storyist Writing Software

Storyist Writing Software

Three Reasons to Try Storyist writing software ($59 software for Mac) helped me produce a 320 page novel during July’s Camp NaNoWriMo. Storyist was one of the camp’s three corporate sponsors. With Storyist, I decided to exceed the 50,000 word NaNoWriMo goal and do 80,000 instead. And I did. Here’s how. Everything in One Place…

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Which Software or None?

Successful writing means keeping your butt in the chair (BIC), your hands on the keyboard (HOK) typing away madly (TAM). For some projects one of the computer applications designed for writers can help you persevere to the end of a book, screenplay, or article. For other projects these software products might be a hindrance. Software…

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The Artist Way Toolkit App Review

The Artist Way Toolkit App Review

If you have ever had writer’s block, then you will be happy to discover there is now an app that can help solve your problem. If you have heard of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, then you are aware that the twelve week, freeing your creativity program is popular with writers, artists and other creative…

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Ergonomic UGLee Pen Review

Ergonomic UGLee Pen Review

The makers of the UGLee sent me three of their pens to review for Book-in-a-Week readers. According to their literature the UGLee is a doctor created, doctor recommended, and doctor used writing instrument that is “mated with the smoothest ink system known, smoother than any roller, gel ink, fountain ink, etc out there.” It comes…

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Utilizing Facebook

Utilizing Facebook

Like Twitter, Facebook (FB) is another social networking site. It was recently reported to have 600 million users worldwide. It is a little more in depth than Twitter in that you can create your own profile which can include DOB, status (married, single, etc), level of education and where you went to college to religious…

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Moo Business Cards Review

Moo Business Cards Review

Last month I decided to break down and get some new business cards as mine were pretty out dated. I have used VistaPrint numerous times before but have wanted to give Moo a try after seeing many online friends blissfully show them off. If you have never heard of Moo it is a paper products…

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ReBinder Product Review

ReBinder Product Review

One of the things writers use a lot of is paper products and if you keep your manuscripts in print form then you probably use a lot of binders with PVC covers too. In the decade of “be green” or you’re going to hell we all need to be careful with our choices. This month…

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