Creative Tools 2011: Production

February 10, 2011

Picking up the Creative Tools 2011 series is this post on the tools I use for production. (Previous posts: Hardware, Curation) THere are the tools I use to turn ideas into finished products — actual artifacts that I’m willing to share with others with a goal no less ambitious than the greater good of humanity. […]

Scrivener Thesaurus Hack, Anyone?

January 4, 2011

A reader emailed me asking me about quick access to the Thesaurus from within Scrivener: I find it handy to be able to shift+F7 to quickly access a thesaurus on the fly in other programs. Just wondering what do you do (& other writers) for a digital thesaurus. Do you have a 2nd screen alongside […]

Screencasts Online Review of Scrivener 2.0

November 5, 2010

Link pulled from the comments of my brief Scrivener 2.0 review. (Thanks for sharing the link, John.)

Logophiliacs Rejoice! Scrivener 2.0 is Here

November 5, 2010

Logophiliacs: lovers of words — from the Greek logos for words and phileo for lovers of the brotherly kind. I can’t promise you that a Greek linguist would say there is such a thing as a logophiliac, but I know there is such a thing as a lover of words. And right now, they are […]

Scrivener 2.0

November 2, 2010

I’m working on a review, but you should know, if you don’t already, that Scrivener 2.0 shipped yesterday. Many new features and update, but most of all is the ability to sync data back and forth with a few iPad apps via Dropbox.

The iPad Writing Apps Showdown

October 14, 2010

Update: Since this was first published, I’ve now written a second showdown which includes five more apps. After you read this, read The Return of the iPad Writings Apps Showdown The iPad has settled nicely into my workflow as a device for capturing and shaping ideas for content. Most of my recent writing has been […]

My Future iPad to Scrivener Writing Workflow

September 27, 2010

I rarely watch videos embedded in blog posts, and don’t recall ever posting one here, but… Yesterday, MacSparky posted a video sneak peek of what I’m most excited about in Scrivener 2.0: direct sync with SimpleNote. Late October can’t come soon enough!

my ipad (and iphone) to scrivener workflow

April 28, 2010

(UPDATE: You might be interested in my more recent post on iPad writing apps. Some can sync with Scrivener 2.0.) Despite my initial concerns that the iPad seemed geared for consuming rather than creating, I’m finding it can be a great tool for capturing, and even developing, some ideas. As I hoped in that same […]

hands on with ulysses 2.0

October 27, 2009

As NaNoWriMo drew near last year, I wrote a comparison of StoryMill and Scrivener. Both have undergone minor revisions in the last year and are still worth a look for the aspiring NaNoWriMo’er. But… There is also Ulysses to consider. Ulysses 2.0 was released in recent months as an upgrade to an already worthy writing […]

the box [the creative habit]

September 22, 2009

This post is the last of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. Today, our seven month, irregularly recurring series on The Creative Habit comes to an end. But, in the interest of being trite, last certainly does not mean least. I think I’ve saved the best […]

scrivener to go

August 28, 2009

Like most apps, Scrivener updated this week to get ready for Snow Leopard. The new version is 1.52, but it’s not just about Snow Leopard. It also includes a nifty little feature to import notes from Combine this with WriteRoom for iPhone (iTunes link), and you have a seamless way to capture content or […]

head to head: comparing scrivener and storymill

October 27, 2008

Stretch your fingers and prod your imagination — NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) commences at the end of this week. For the would be novelists out there, I thought it might be helpful to offer a comparison of Scrivener and StoryMill. (Update: you also might be interested in a more recent post where I compare […]

a memory a day…

October 15, 2008

I’m working on my memoir. Let me be clear…I have no grand ideas about publishing my life’s reflections. I’d much rather encode my soul in fiction rather than bare it for the likes of you. (No, not you…I mean that other person who is reading this right now.) As a writing and growth exercise, I’ve […]


October 6, 2008

Maybe I need to temper my recent ravings about Slife. Why you ask? Because according to Slife, I can type at about 1326 words per minute. I’m a decent typer…but not that decent. This morning I was working on a project in Scrivener. I wrote 7 paragraphs, and according to Scrivener, 420 words. Later in […]

quicksilver + scrivener = carpal bliss

September 9, 2008

My use of Scrivener has been increasing of late. I’ve had a few different projects that require the ongoing collection and shaping of ideas. Yojimbo is my general idea bucket, but when I am focusing in on a specific project, Scrivener works much better for collecting, arranging and developing ideas and research in one place. […]

the blinder workstation (or, the poor man's macbook air)

September 2, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the old 12″ G4 PowerBook. (That’s a guilt-free way of saying that I coveted one every time I saw one in […]

some love for my kindle

March 10, 2008

While traveling the past few weeks, I read The Starfish and the Spider for a research project I have due later this month. I read it on my Amazon Kindle. The Kindle experience is turning out to be all I hoped it would — other than having to turn it off for takeoff and landing. […]

i'm finally cool

February 29, 2008

Let it be noted that today, I finally became cool enough to be a licensed Scrivener user. I’m taking on a large for hire writing project. It involves research and multiple sections, and it occurred to me this is exactly the kind of thing Scrivener was made for. Hmm…now something else is going to have […]

speaking of scrivener

January 24, 2008

Andy Ihnatko reviews Scrivener in his weekly technology column today: Scrivener is in the write place. I’m already on the record stating that Scrivener is an app I wish I was cool enough to use. Andy Ihnatko’s column stirs my interest and notches me one more step toward coolness. One thing I can say about […]