Archive for May, 2014


As I mentioned, I’m posting an occasional tip on using Scrivener. Hope you find it useful.

To start a new project, click File>New. You should see a page entitled Project Templates. When you have time, look through these, and perhaps open a few dummy files with the different templates so you can see and compare. You can delete these dummy files afterward.

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All the templates are based on the Blank template, and have been somewhat customized. You can take it from where Literature and Latte left off and further customize your project to your liking.

For example, click on Fiction. Within this folder you’ll see Novel, Novel with Parts, and Short Story. Click on each one of these to read a brief description of the template.

One of the things the Fiction templates have already built in is a Character Sketch, tucked away in the Research folder. Also find a Setting Sketch. You can use these as is or customize just the way you like.

Other things, like the the Labels, have been preset for a typical novel setup. Consider these a starting place.

By clicking the Options button at the bottom of the list of templates, you can access the ability to import templates. Google “Scrivener templates” for examples of the kinds of templates others have set up and have posted online for sharing. I’ve enjoyed being able to import a super detailed template based on the Hero’s Journey. Then I was able to customize it for my own use…much faster than creating one from scratch. I also made myself a template based on the 15 beats described in Save the Cat.

The Getting Started button at the top left (with the arrow) contains links to tutorials and the massive User’s Manual.

Hope this helps you to take your first step with Scrivener! Please let me know if you have any questions.

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I had the chance to be part of a Mothers Day anthology that my publisher, Covenant Communications, put together. Here is a nice review for that book that recently appeared in the Deseret News.

Book review: ‘A Mother’s Prayer: Inspiring True Stories to Warm the Heart’ is diverse, uplifting

By Elizabeth Reid
For the Deseret News


A MOTHER’S PRAYER: Inspiring True Stories to Warm the Heart,” Covenant Communications, $9.99, 80 pages (nf)

Defining moments from the lives of 11 well-known Mormon authors make up “A Mother’s Prayer: Inspiring True Stories to Warm the Heart.” Death, divorce, tragedy and infertility are just some of the topics covered in this well-written and inspirational booklet.

Jean Holbrook Mathews struggled with infertility. Then, upon finding herself the foster mother of twin boys, she struggled with piles of laundry. She shares an experience of her mother’s practical, yet memorable, gift of a washing machine.

Michele Ashman Bell had a difficult time dealing with losing her mother to Alzheimer’s. But a short moment of clarity helped heal her soul and taught her the importance of cherishing every moment with loved ones.

Sandra Grey couldn’t understand why any mother would hate Mother’s Day. But when she found herself a newly single mother she realized how easy it was for the holiday to be an overwhelming, instead of joyous, occasion. After following some advice from a friend, she managed to make the day a welcome one for herself and a stranger.

Jeri Gilchrist went from proud mother of a missionary to dealing with her son’s medical issues and eventual early homecoming from serving the Lord. Tears and prayer were needed to help her develop an eternal perspective as she learned God’s plans differed from her own.

Learning from these, and several other, very personal experiences can be motivating and inspiring for women no matter what their situation in life.

“A Mother’s Prayer” has clean language and uplifting stories. While some of the topics, such as divorce and death, are difficult ones, they are dealt with in tactful ways.

The authors, who also include Susan Easton Black, Josi S. Kilpack, Margot Hovley, Jodi Marie Robinson, Karen Tuft, Stephanie Dibb Sorensen and Toni Sorenson, are all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are known for their LDS fiction and non-fiction writings.

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At the recent LDStorymakers conference, I presented three classes on Scrivener. Oh wow, I was NERVOUS.

But, I did not die or puke. This is how I measure success. YAY!

Because of the interest level, I’m going to start sharing a few bite-size Scrivener tips here on this blog from time to time.  Starting now.  (At least at first, these tips will be quite simple and entry-level.)


So here goes:

If you are one of the many who have wondered about this program…have heard writers talking about it…there is an easy way to give it a try. Scrivener offers one of the most generous trial periods I’ve ever seen. You can download a free month trial, no strings attached. But here’s the amazing thing–the trial is for a month of actual use. 30 days of actual use. This means if you use it twice a week, your trial will last for 15 weeks. SWEET.

By that time, you’ll know if you are in love or not.

At the end of your free trial, if you decide you don’t want to buy it, you can export your files out to a word processing file.  All nice and safe. If you do decide to buy it, your files created during the trial convert over to the paid version without a problem.

The program is available for both PC and Mac. It costs $40 for PC and $45 for Mac, unless you win NaNoWriMo…they offer 50% off as a winner goodie. That is seriously cheap for how powerful this program is.

Easy and risk free. Try it and see what all the fuss is about.

Disclaimer: I’m not being compensated by Scrivener’s makers for talking about it. I am merely a Scrivener groupie.

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