The Phantom Tollbooth is a cute read for kids. I’m not sure if I’d classify this as Young Adult (YA) or Middle Grade (MG), because I am horrible with education and ages for word-smithing fluency.  So much of it I found myself chuckling at, in how Juster was able to set up a certain turn of words as a joke.  Here’s a couple instances of how he illustrates how to and how to to use words and phrases: “For always remember that while it is wrong to use too few, it is often far worse to use too many.” ” ‘I never knew words couldRead More →

Science fiction and fantasy are probably two of my favorite genres. I grew up on Tolkien and Terry Brooks Shannara series. So, when I got the recommendation to add Tad Williams trilogy of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series, figured this would easily be something I would inhale. It definitely was engaging, and I enjoyed it, but at the end of the day, when putting a critical eye to it, the first book, The Dragonbone Chair, had several elements that I find less appealing. It was long – 672 pages!  I was easily engaged, but even with an engaging book, to only get halfway through it inRead More →

Macros are another great way to increase your productivity and efficiency and Scrivener has the ability to do this through what the developers call “substitutions”.  So, instead of typing out a lengthy word, you can do it with a macro that you can customize right in Scrivener. Since the last video was pretty well received, here’s another one with a quick 2 minute tutorial on how to create macros in Scrivener for Windows. Enjoy: Got your own idea or question about how to use Scrivener for Windows? Feel free to drop me a line at: planet fiction1 gmail.comRead More →

Scrivener for Windows is so much different from on a Mac, that some of these tips I’ve discovered are actually better shown than written out.  This is likely because many people learn better from visuals and hands on than from text and just audio. Plus, I enjoy creating video content from time to time. So, without further ado, here is a short five minute video I produced on using the compiler utility in Scrivener. Hope you find this helpful.Read More →

Discovered a neat tip in Scrivener today – macros! As a holdover from the IT world of Microsoft supremacy, macros in Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Access have stuck with me. Once I jumped ship into Scrivener for my writing, I started digging into it as I write more. So, here is Tip #002: First, go to Tools | Options (F12) Then, go to Corrections, check the box to “Enable Substitutions”,  and click the button to Edit Substitutions: Now, click the plus sign and you can add new ones: Think of it like a macro – so instead of typing out an unusual name you’ve developedRead More →

As writers, we all are likely familiar on some level with the eponymous Microsoft Word in some iteration as it has been the standard application for decades when it comes to creating text files. The problem is that as Word has grown up, it has become much more complex and lots of variations are introduced as people use different versions on different operating systems. One of the inevitable problems this creates is the use of different fonts on different systems. What the writer has on their operating system (say Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10) may not match what the editor or beta readerRead More →