I’m A Failed Writer #13: Beyond Microsoft Word… Or Not

I started out this video with the intent of trying to get writers to stop using Microsoft Word and ended up paying tribute to an overly-sentimental romantic comedy from the 80s. It’s a new level of failure.

Even though I’m passionate about the writing tools that I use, I also worry about spending too much time thinking about the tools rather than thinking about the product. I’d rather have a clunky tool and solid writing practice than a brilliant tool and little to show with it.

So here it is. My quasi-passionate (and ultimately failed) rant against Microsoft Word:

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Two Ways to Write a Book

Call me slow, but as far as I see it, there are two ways to write a book:

METHOD #1

Buy a new house. Not to live in, but to write in. (Yeah, you heard me correctly: I ended that sentence in a preposition. My upcoming novel is full of those kinds of sentences, and also dangling modifiers, and split infinitives, and run-on sentences, hot damn do I have a lot of run-on sentences! And sentence fragments.)

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Scrivener… from my POV

So I’ve finally put together a (50 minute!) presentation about the coolness of Scrivener. Rather than try to create an exhaustive tutorial illustrating all of Scrivener’s features, I only attempt to discuss the particular ways that I happen to use Scrivener. I share with you three of my writing projects inside Scrivener, and then follow this up with a little how-to section. Hope this helps!

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