What is Scrivener? (April 2017)

We realized that we mention Scrivener a lot on First Draught, so it seemed like a good idea to devote a show to what it is, what we love about it, and how we use it in our daily writing lives. One of the number one takeaways from our conversation is that there is no one right way to use this software– we each use it differently. Our hope is that by sharing our experiences, we’ll give you some direction to start playing on your own and figure out what works best for you. (And when you do, drop us an e-mail or leave a comment here, we’d love to hear about it!)

We’ve included a couple screen shots at the bottom of this post that highlight Julia’s method of using Scrivener for a series bible and how Alexis uses it to organize promotion for her books. As an added bonus, Julia will be making a Scrivener series bible template, and would be happy to send you a copy when it’s ready. Just drop by her website and send her a message (you might as well sign up for amazing newsletter while you’re there, too– just saying.)

And of course you can also listen on iTunes or SoundCloud and drink along with us (details here).

Screenshots:

Julia’s series bible (note the folders on the left, to see how she is organizing and writing her whole series in this one file):

 

How Alexis uses Scrivener to organize promotion:

 

Links:

Details about Scrivener

Details about Vellum

And finally, you didn’t think we’d forget to show off these two beautiful covers we talked about, did you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for watching/listening and reading! See you next month!

Note: This show was not sponsored by Scrivener/Literature & Latte. We just like their product and wanted to share. 

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Drink of the Month (October): The Great Pumpkin

When I started the First Draught Drink of the Month feature, I had every intent to alternate between beer and cocktails each month (fair coverage for all). Except now it’s October, and per the rotation it’s time to feature a cocktail, except, what about all those pumpkin beers …

I know, I know, there’s pumpkin everything these days and it can be a bit much. But I’ve always been a huge fan of a nicely spiced pumpkin beer. A phenomenon that well pre-dates pumpkin flavored Milano cookies, pumpkin hand soap, pumpkin potato chips and yes, even the hallowed Pumpkin Spice Latte.

So this month, while Alexis Anne and Julia Kelly (as her alter ego Vivienne Thorne) share all their amazing knowledge about writing serials, I’ll be sitting back, sipping a lovely fall brew. Serials are sort of trendy right now, just like all things pumpkin, but to stand the test of time you’ve got to create a well-crafted story meant to be delivered in small “sips”. And just like a good pumpkin ale, Alexis’ and Vivienne’s serials are perfectly spiced!

IMG_0648Here are some of my favorite pumpkin ales: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Farmhouse Pumpkin (my local favorite); Rogue, Pumpkin Patch Ale; Dogfish Head, Punkin Ale; Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Pumpkin Hunter; and Sam Adams, Fat Jack.

See you this Tuesday, October 6, at 8:30 PM EST to chat serials and sip pumpkin beer!

Show Notes: Size Does Matter – Serials, Series, Novellas, & Novels

It’s always a good time when Lindsay Emory joins us for First Draught, and the June show was no exception. We had a great time talking about all the different shapes and sizes of stories these days while sipping on bourbon and wine. You don’t want to miss this one! If you didn’t have a chance to tune in live, catch us on YouTube:

The show is also available as a podcast:

iTunes

Soundcloud

(Please take a moment and leave us a rating or review on the podcast as it helps other writers find us!)

Here are some of the books we talked about during the show (just click to buy or pre-order):

Sisterhood theladytaken tempt1 NEB cover - new theme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And If you have no idea what Save the Cat is all about, here’s a quick overview.

Last, but certainly not least, here is all of Lindsay’s contact information, so you can stay up to date with the latest from her:

WebsiteTwitter, Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest

See you in July to chat about all things RWA 15!

Welcome to First Draught!

Logo2Welcome to First Draught, the monthly online talk show for writers. Alexis Anne, Mary Chris Escobar, and Julia Kelly pick apart issues from finding a critique partner to protecting your writing life. We often discuss topics with an eye towards the romance and women’s fiction genres, sometimes with special guests.

First Draught airs live on the first Tuesday of every month at 8:30 PM EST. The episodes are recorded and can be found on YouTube.

We’ll be posting about our next event shortly. And be on the look our for our archive!