Quick Post-Prandial on Manuscript Maintenance

I did some time-and-motion monitoring in terms of getting changes to a manuscript fit from Scrivener to Word and cleaned and ready for The Agent to use. Fine-cleaning two scenes (~2.5k words). That means reading them aloud, copying the pieces to a word file, then reading that to ensure it’s clean: 75 minutes. Compiling from […]

A Writer’s Primer on Computer Care and Feeding

We’re in the midst of NaNo, and I’m reminded of several instances where the moan of “I just lost everything!” was heard. I’ve talked with writers who’ve lost entire manuscripts. Others that lost hours or days of work due to various issues. So, quick technical primer. Work stably. Make sure your computer works, that the […]

A Progress Tool

Recently I posted a graphic showing words per day. (I’ve used it before: you can see posts here and here.) It’s part of my musings about writing velocity and general “feeling like an author.” I’ll tee up a few posts on that in the future, but for now I wanted to provide a Google Sheets document, called […]

On Span of Memory and Tools

Last week a fellow writer was discussing the trouble with editing a document that had been laid down for a while. Keeping the entire novel in one’s head, the writer said, was important when making edits with large blocks of text (e.g., changing scenes and chapters around). This was said in the context of using Microsoft […]