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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How to Tackle Revisions (February 2017)

You’ve written the draft, sent it to beta readers or a critique partner, and now you’ve got a bunch of notes on your manuscript. What next?

In this month’s First Draught we tackle how to sort through all those suggestions, a few different ways to organize the editing process, and what to do when you think you’ve gotten some bad advice. We also debate how much whiskey is really in Alexis’ glass, and whether Julia has a future as a telemarketer with her new headset.

Grab a whiskey, wine, or beer (we have recommendations for all three) and join us:

If you prefer to listen, you can find this episode on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Huge thanks to Jess L. for suggesting this topic on Twitter. Have a topic you’d like us to take on– leave a comment here, drop us a line at firstdraughtwriters@gmail.com, or catch any of us on Twitter (@AlexisAnneBooks, @The_Julia_Kelly, @marychris_e).

Drink of the Month (November): Whiskey, All You Want!

If you tuned in to last month’s episode, you’ll remember that my choice for drink of the month was not so popular with Julia and Alexis. Apparently, neither of them are fans of pumpkin beer, and yet they enthusiastically supported my drink of choice in all their pre-show promo without complaining at all.

This month, to thank them for being awesome, I’m going with something I know they both love – whiskey. And to further make amends I even asked them to share their current favorites. So here you have it, What First Draught is Drinking–The Whiskey Edition:

  • Alexis Anne’s go to whiskey is Glenlevit and her absolute all time favorite is Templeton Rye.
  • Julia Kelly lists Glenfiddich or Macallan 12 as her alternating favorites. For bourbon, she’s currently sipping on some Jefferson.
  • There’s currently only bourbon on my bar, and I’m throughly enjoying my locally distilled Reservoir. (Though I am admittedly not the connoisseur that my co-hosts are.)

November’s show is all about finding your support system as a writer. You know, the folks who will encourage you when you’re down, push you forward when you’re stuck, celebrate wins with you, tell you what they love about your writing and what you could do even better. The ones who will share every ounce of knowledge with you and enthusiastically support your choice of pumpkin-flavored things they dislike — those people.

IMG_2168So grab your favorite whiskey and tune in this coming Tuesday, November 3 at 8:30pm EST for Finding Your People. You can RSVP here to get a reminder the day of the show. And of course the broadcast will be available on YouTube, Soundcloud and iTunes later, if you can’t make it.

Cheers!