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Have you wanted to try dictation but have been concerned about the cost of the software? What if you don’t like dictating? With https://dictation.io and the Chrome browser you can give Google’s voice recognition API a test drive. While it may not be as accurate as Dragon it is very good and a great way to get started with dictation.
Windows: Finding a good text editor can be tough. Some lack basic features, like spell checking, and others are so heavy they may as well be word processors. Write! is a new application, currently in beta, that rides the sweet spot and delivers the features you’d actually find useful without the cruft (or system bloat) you don’t want.
Whether you’re working on an article that can’t be more than 700 words or whether you’ve embarked on writing a novel that’s 100,000 words, project targets can help keep you on track, but also provide a visual feedback or incentive.
via Simply Scrivener.
Scrivener has a built-in Scratch Pad, and it’s an ingenious one because you can keep it open all the time-even when your project isn’t open
Find out more at The Scratch Pad | Simply Scrivener.
From The Celler Door:
Given the number of tweets and messages we get enquiring after the progress of our iOS version (thank you everyone for your enthusiasm!), I wanted to give everyone a quick update, since there have been some important developments recently.
As many of you know, development started on Scrivener for iPad and iPhone early in 2012, and we had hoped that we would have it ready for the end of that year; we later revised that estimate to the first quarter of 2013. And, as many of you have pointed out to us, here we are in April – so where is it?
I’ll provide the information you are most likely after first: it will still be a little while–certainly much longer than we had hoped. We can give no firm release date yet, and given that past estimates have been wildly off, I’m not even going to make a guess at this stage. We very much hope it will be out this year, in time for National Novel Writing Month, but we’re not going to make any promises at all until we know for absolutely sure that we can keep them.
The frustrating part for us is that, for the past four or five months, we have had a version of Scrivener for iPad that is in many ways so nearly there and yet still not ready for beta-testing. We hit snags with the rich text system (or iOS’s lack of one) and building the synchronisation code is incredibly complicated because of Scrivener’s package-based file format, but we had most of the other basics in place and felt we were really making good progress.
Unfortunately, however, owing to unforeseen and serious health problems in our iOS developer’s immediate family, over the past few months our original developer has been unable to spend the time on the project that is required to get past the final roadblocks and finish it. It’s been a difficult time for everyone as we tried to work out the best way to proceed, all the while hoping things would get back to normal even as time slipped by, especially since she has done such an amazing job so far (the iOS versions of the binder and corkboard are a joy to work with). It gradually became clear, sadly, that our iOS developer had no choice but to officially reduce the time she could dedicate to the project so that she could concentrate on her family, and that we would need to find someone else to step in. But because we’re a small company with limited resources and no headquarters or offices, it’s not as though we could just throw money at the problem by hiring a bunch of developers and supervising them until it is done; we’re not Microsoft, Apple, or even Omni. We needed to find another iOS developer not just passionate about coding, but passionate about creating an iOS version of Scrivener in particular.
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I then begin to reacquaint myself with the joys of the Scrivener corkboard and, as with every other feature of Scrivener, I finally get it. I keep discovering as I develop as a writer that as soon as I work out a great way to do something in the future, Scrivener has the perfect feature for it. Perhaps I should use everything in Scrivener and fast track the learning process, but this won’t work because Scrivener cleverly manages to give you the perfect tools however you want to use it.
So, anyway, I will now share the wisdom of using the Scrivener corkboard.
- It is obviously used for a high-level overview
- It is best used to map out chapters, or pieces of action, much like your book probably will be
- You can have multiple corkboards per novel, so you can use them for character development, etc. Having a corkboard per character and dragging in the chapters they’re in to build up a picture is a great overview
- Similarly you can do this for various plot lines
- If you’re a planner then you can whittle off a load of future chapters with a description of what is going to happen in each one. This will then build up the correct structure in your manuscript.
- If you’re a seat-of-the-pants type of guy then you can annotate what has happened in each scene so that you can move it all around at the end once the pace has taken shape.
- Change the size of the cards so you can see more of them on your screen. Get the whole book on there.
- Split the screen and get two different corkboards up at the same time.
- If cork reminds you of wine too much then change the background. You can even put a relevant image of your book there.
- In fact, you can even put images on your cards.