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I’m presenting a workshop a week from Thursday (July 17) on Teaching Yourself to Write.

(Thanks to my pal Marion Jensen for the workshop idea. It’s going to be fun.)

The event will be at the Pleasant Grove Library, 7pm. It’s free and the public is invited. Hope to see ya there!

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Yay! My new book, Glimmering Light–which came out way back in March–is finally available on Kindle. Here’s the link: Glimmering on Kindle

Also, I want to thank all those who have left me reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Deseret Book, etc. It helps so much, and I truly appreciate you taking the time. THANKS.

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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.)

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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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My author pal Fay Klinger has a couple of new books out. Fay-Klingler-marketing-email

 

…she’s just as nice as she looks.

Let’s talk with her about her new releases and writing.

Why are you a writer? Was there something in your life that drove you to write?

As a young mother, I became a professional illustrator. I loved to draw “mother and babe” illustrations for magazines and greeting cards. There was a point when the pictures I visualized in my mind started taking shape in words as well as pictures. Slowly I became a writer more than an illustrator . . .
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What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

My favorite thing, hmmmm let me see . . . I’d have to say my two favorite things . . .

One, I love to help people. It means a great deal to me when I receive notes from my readers telling me that what I have written made a positive difference in their lives.

Two, I love those times when I am writing and undeniably see the hand of the Lord guiding my words. I guess that is really my true favorite thing about being a writer.

Do you primarily write non-fiction or fiction? Which did you start out with and why did you add the other?

I started out writing fiction. It was a small, but popular, Mother’s Day booklet (which I did not illustrate). Slowly I moved to non-fiction, and now I’m full circle. Recently I gained my rights back to that Mother’s Day booklet and to several illustrations I did years ago for greeting card companies. I’ve been able to put the two together and reproduce that Mother’s Day booklet to share with my readers this season. It will be given as a promotional item at my book launches on April 12 (The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, Utah) and April 19 (Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona). And I will sell it on my website (www.fayklingler.com).

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What affect does your writing have on your family?

I think in some respects it’s difficult for my family. Writing takes a great deal of thought and time, time that I might otherwise use to do things for them. Yet, on the other hand, I do my best to not forfeit opportunities to be with and do for individuals in my family. There have been some unusually fun experiences my family would not have had without my writing, like the time several of my grandchildren appeared on television with me because of a best-selling book I wrote—The LDS Grandparents’ Idea Book. That was a really fun occasion.

I have an exceptionally patient husband who supports me in developing and sharing my skills and talents. I will always be grateful for his generous and loving ways.

What are you working on now, or what is your latest release?

Aside from my Mother’s Day booklet remake, I have two new books. I’m thrilled with the many positive reviews and I hope these books bring hope to many.

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Here’s a link to her book trailer for I am strong! I am smart!

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Here’s a new book from my fellow Covenant author, Marlene Bateman:

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An interview with Marlene:

1. How long have you been interested in writing?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, ever since I was in elementary school.  I think a large part of my wanting to be a writer came from reading so much.  As a child, I was a voracious reader.  For three years in a row in elementary school, I won the award for reading the most books.  And the prize was: A book!  I was delighted, of course.  Sometimes I wonder if writers are born, because I’ve certainly always wanted to write.  However, once I got married, I had to cut back because—let’s face it—you can’t do everything at one time. To everything there is a season. When my children were little, I concentrated on writing for short articles and stories for magazines. Then, as the children got older and I had more time, I started writing books.
2. Tell us about your previous publications.
My first non-fiction book was Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, which is a compilation of true stories about people in early Church history who risked their life in defense of the gospel.
My next three books are also compilations of true stories in early Church History, and are about angelic experiences.  The first book is, And There Were Angels Among Them. The second book is, Visits From Beyond the Veil, and the third is; By the Ministering of Angels.  Researching and writing these books made me realize how much Heavenly Father loves his children and that He is aware of us and our lives.
I then wrote Brigham’s Boys, which tells the life stories of sixteen men who worked closely with Brigham Young as he brought the Saints across the plains and colonized the Great Basin area.
I had two non-fiction books come out last year. Heroes of Faith is a collection of true stories about people who stood firm in the faith despite mobs, bullets and overwhelming trials.  Gaze into Heaven, Near-Death Experiences in Early Church History, is a collection of true, carefully documented near death experience, which occurred to people in the early days of the church.
My first novel, Light on Fire Island, a romance/mystery, came next. My second novel was Motive for Murder, which is the first in the Erica Coleman series.

3. You’ve written both nonfiction and fiction books. Which comes easier for you? Is it hard to switch from one to the other?
For me, writing non-fiction is easier than writing novels. Researching takes a lot of time, but then, I love that part. Since I’ve done a number of non-fiction books, I’ve settled into a comfortable routine. It’s harder to get into a routine with fiction. I’m always striving to come up with an interesting plot, figure out scenes and the characters, and all of that can be stressful. Fortunately, once I get to the revising process, writing becomes easier. I derive a great sense of satisfaction when all the editing and revising makes a polished, intriguing mystery.

4.  Tell us about your family. How do they like having a writer in the family?
When my children were little, I wrote for magazines but even so, they had a hard time understanding why mommy was on the computer so much. They were happy for me when I started publishing books, but took it a bit for granted—it was nothing special. Probably this came because they grew up with it. My oldest daughter, who is in her thirties, still hasn’t read any of my novels, though she’s read most of my non-fiction. My sons are proud of me, but are too busy to read my books! Fortunately, I have one daughter who reads everything I write. Yay!  My daughters-in-law are proud of me and one day, one of them took her children into Seagull Book. When she pointed out my books on the front table to my grand-daughter, My sweet granddaughter told the employee, “My grandma wrote that!”

Here are some purchase links:

Amazon:
Deseret Book
Seagull Book

A Death in the Family is available at physical bookstores such as Deseret Book and Seagull Book, as well as other LDS bookstores. Marlene’s website is: www.marlenebateman.info

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The book launch this past Saturday went REALLY WELL, exceeding all expectations. Thank you so much to my dear friends and family who show me so much love and support.

Here’s me and my momsie…she’s the best…

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There are still two more chances to come to a book signing for Glimmering. March 29th, 10-noon at the Centerville Seagull bookstore, and April 5th, 6-8pm at the Bountiful Deseret Book (Ladies Night). I would love to see you in person and say hi.

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I got this package in the mail day before yesterday:

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So excited!

Holding the book in my hands was such a surreal but happy moment.

I also learned I am scheduled to sign books at two additional times in connection with General Conference. Yay!

March 29, 10am-noon–the Celebrating Sisterhood event at the Centerville Seagull bookstore

April 5, 6pm-8pm–the Ladies Night event at the Bountiful Deseret Book store

(The book launch is this Saturday, March 15th, 1-3pm.)

I would love to see and greet you at any of these events. Let me know if you require directions or bribery to attend!

Because of my publisher’s new policy, these will likely be the only signings I’ll be doing for this book.

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Yay! It’s happening!

GLIMMERING LIGHT will hit stores sometime toward the end of this week. Oh goodness, I can hardly believe it.

The official book launch party is March 15, 1-3PM, at the Centerville Seagull bookstore. I would adore it if you would stop by. I can’t say enough about how much that would mean to me. Let me know if you need directions. (It’s in the cluster of stores just north of Target)

No need to buy anything…just come and say hi…and eat one of my auntie’s famous cream cheese brownies.

Other stuff: I spoke at the Viewmont High School creative writing classes last week, and both were tons of fun. I am so impressed with the high quality of these classes. I would have LOVED having such classes back in the olden days when I was in school. They are learning much the same things that are being taught at high level writing conferences that cost $$$. I also am constantly amazed and impressed by the talent of these young people.

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