We still haven’t even gotten past the 19th century yet around here.
SCRIVENER is an incredibly functional, user-friendly long-form writing platform that makes organizing novels a cinch. These screens (they have captions, so click on them) are just a basic overview of how to use the program. A few more notes:
- I use 2-3 Scene documents per chapter folder and write about 2,000 words a chapter (I write Young Adult.)
- You can color code & set yourself word count goals. Tutorial here.
- The Literature & Latte site provides a very nice 30 day trial for Scrivener (I recommend trying it out during NANOWRIMO because if you win, a discount for downloading the program is often included as a prize! It’s already pretty affordable but who doesn’t love coupons? Also, to extend your trial time you can just do what I did and never close it, it only ticks down the day by how many times you open and close it. But really, buy it.)
- It saves everything in one neat and tidy project file (when you save it, it creates a folder wherever you name the file path. IE: MY DOCUMENTS —> (TITLE OF YOUR BOOK FOLDER): then there will be a file that simply says “PROJECT” and that’s it!
- Option to compile in multiple formats.
- Initially developed for Mac, has a Windows version now.
- Has features to compare word counts from file to file, track the usage of key words/phrases, and built in character development templates. You can even insert pictures into your documents.
- DOWNLOAD TRIAL OR PURCHASE HERE.
I will have an actual writing-based post tomorrow. This is what I use for writing novels and it’s made it so much easier.
I need this so much, but I really want to buy word first, but I think I’m going to buy this first instead.
Dear neighbors up the road, if you caught me on your fancy CCTV pillaging your lilac bush on my walk home so be it. It was worth it. Happy Easter. #nostalgia #lilac
“The bottom line is that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true. There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology,” said Prof Rippon.
“You can’t pick up a brain and say ‘that’s a girls brain, or that’s a boys brain’ in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.”
Prof Rippon points to earlier studies that showed the brains of London black cab drivers physically changed after they had acquired The Knowledge – an encyclopaedic recall of the capital’s streets.
She believes differences in male and female brains are due to similar cultural stimuli. A women’s brain may therefore become ‘wired’ for multi-tasking simply because society expects that of her and so she uses that part of her brain more often. The brain adapts in the same way as a muscle gets larger with extra use.
“What often isn’t picked up on is how plastic and permeable the brain is. It is changing throughout out lifetime
“The world is full of stereotypical attitudes and unconscious bias. It is full of the drip, drip, drip of the gendered environment.”
Prof Rippon believes that gender differences appear early in western societies and are based on traditional stereotypes of how boys and girls should behave and which toys they should play with.
- I used to love looking at the stars. What do you see?
- It’s hard to describe. Not just the points of light others see. For me the sky is lit up like midday.
- Is the whole night like that for you?
- It’s like living your life in Technicolor. All the colours are brilliant, intense. I see points of the spectrum people can’t even imagine. And the people, the people… the people, they glow. Their breath. Their blood pulsing below the surface of their skin. It’s heady.
- I wish I could experience that.
- All it takes is a simple blood transfusion.
- I’ve been branded by a demon. All I’d need is to turn into a vampire.
- I admit, it does have its costs. You’d lose your life.
- I might miss that.
- You’d lose the day.
- Also one that’s hard to lose.
- You lose your friends, your family and you’d lose me, what we have.
- Like you lost Christina.
- Like I lost Christina.
- This whole vamp territorialism thing is a bitch.
- I suppose it’s nature’s way of preventing us from turning too many friends and lovers.
- It can’t be beat?
- With control, we can learn not to kill one another. Sometimes you wind up regretting that course of action even more.
- People call me a pessimist.