Scrivener Beta for Windows Expiration

Posted on December 11, 2010. Filed under: Life After Nano, Writer-Tools, Writing-Tools | Tags: , , , , , |

Just finished exporting my unfinished novel from Scrivener into Word 2007.

The Scrivener for Windows Beta claimed an expiration of December 12, 2010, tomorrow.  And, it also said that an upgrade would resolve that problem, with the commercial release to be early in 2011.  2011 is not here, yet, but the new beta has the same expiration date.

I spent yesterday’s “writing time” (my time allocated for writing) on researching this issue and installing the new beta release.  I’ve now spent today’s writing time on exporting the project.  Scrivener does have some excellent features for writers, but this problem does not leave me with much enthusiasm.

At this point, I am a little unsure as to whether or not I will stick with Word or start using one or two KM tools that I know are stable and predictable.  Maybe I’ll write it using Treepad.

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Starting to Pick Up Speed Again

Posted on November 16, 2010. Filed under: Staying-With-It, Writer-Tools, writing, Writing-Tools | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Devoted a fair amount of time to Nano today.  Have been learning a new program for writing: Scrivener.  Mostly just using it to write lately, but spent some of today learning its organizational tools, which are its strength.  Looks good so far.  Using the “full screen mode” seems to help my productivity; cranked out close to 2,000 words today.

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Tools, Tools, and More Tools: a Blog-a-licious Day!

Posted on October 24, 2009. Filed under: twitter | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Tools, tools, and more tools are coming my way. Here are a few, in case your are interested:

Remember Google Zeitgeist?  (At one time it changed hourly to show what was hot.)  Dogpile Searchspy?  (Which was better when it started, got hammered by spammers, but seems to be getting better again?)  10 by 10?

What all of these had in common was that they showed trends, particularly what was “hot.”  Some new tools help do the same thing, but use Twitter as a base, so the “hotness” is even hotter:

  • Twopular is similar to Zeitgeist, but keywords are from Twitter rather than Google
  • Trendsmap is a mashup that shows hot trendwords geographically using a resizable map
  • Tweetworks tracks groups and discussions by topic
  • Twonvo threads specific conversations

Some tools are similar, but not entirely Twitter based

  • Lazyfeed is a topical aggregator
  • AlphaInventions faciliatates both traffic development and real-time introductions to bloggers

One other point: the most difficult part of writing for me is dialog.  And, in many ways, except for marketing your work, development of dialog is the most important part.  These threading tools show dialogs as they develop in real time, and they can be a source of ideas for dialog development for writers.

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10 Great Resources for Writers

Posted on October 24, 2009. Filed under: Writer-Tools, Writing-Tools | Tags: , , , , |

While nosing around Twitter, #NaNoWriMo and #DFWRhinos, I came across 10 Great Resources for Writers.  Thought I would pass it on.

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