Posts Tagged ‘the creative penn’

Joanna Penn is not only an amazing author, but she is also extremely passionate about helping others in their quest to write and publish. She is the single reason I am an author with a published book on amazon and not just stacking manuscripts on my desk. She is smart and witty, and fun and energetic. She loves what she’s doing and it shows. She is a bundle of motivation and has somehow talked me into expanding my brand to include my American Ninja Warrior training.


And I consider her a friend. Meeting her at ThrillerFest last year was luck. We sat in David Morrell’s 10 hour Master CraftFest session and came out alive (I also learned a great deal from David’s class). She’s ever helpful and full of ideas.

Visit her website at The Creative Penn. If you’re a writer looking to better your writing, your marketing or some other detail that’s not easily googled, then scan through her site and you’ll probably find the answers you’re looking for. She podcasts, she interviews other authors, she writes books that help you write better and don’t forget…she writes great books too.

Well, we know that it means ‘to scribe’, but to the uninitiated, it is really a fantastic writing tool.
I’m not going to go into details because I’m a mere novice with this program, but I will provide some excellent links for you to follow up on the best support and free webinar out there.

Scrivener is a tool created to help with writing, organizing and reordering long form text. Sound familiar? Yeah, that sounds like my novel too. Better yet, it was crafted to allow you to keep all your research together in the same app. This helps so you don’t have to open other documents or programs just to look up the one fact you buried away and want to use or that one photo you were using to help you describe a particular scene. It’s all under one hood.
This, in my mind, beats the typical word processor over the head with a great big ‘duh, why didn’t you think of that?’
I’ve only just started using it, but it’s so easy I don’t think I’ll go back to my, ahem, Microsoft program that does a few things to help me format.
But speaking of that, here’s the winning hand: Scrivener will help you format that wonderful text of yours into the formats required for all major self/indie publishing routes such as Kindle and Amazon. And if your editor, agent or publisher only has Word, then you can save it as that too.
I’m hooked, learning and using it every day. But there is always a way to learn more. One of the most prominent consultants regarding the learning of Scrivener is Joseph Michael (a Scrivener Coach). Google it and you’ll find his name anywhere a solid tutorial or how-to page is found.

Lastly, I have great news. Our super, self-help writing coach and best-selling author, Joanna Penn, is providing a free webinar Oct. 16th. I’ve included the link below. I’m attending and encourage you to attend as well. If anything, it will give you a great introduction to all the things this tool can do.

Check it out:

Scrivener homepage
Free Trial Download
Free Webinar – Oct 16th