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Getting Creative: Secondary Uses for Scrivener

Scrivener is fast becoming a mainstay of my writing. I’ve written about this software several times now but for those who are not familiar with it, Scrivener is for developing writing projects. It’s a powerful tool that allows for a great deal of flexibility for any kind of writing project. I’m even using it for this post but especially a series of blogs.

Having An IdeaA Whole New Use

I recently started a newsletter for my blog which I send out to email followers. As part of this process I use Mailchimp to send the messages. I’ll be working on the upcoming edition for next week over several days but it hit me as I started thinking about it – write the newsletter in Scrivener.

My Newsletter Plan

I’m sure other people are doing this already but I haven’t seen anyone actually write about it. Here’s how I plan to use Scrivener.

1. Create a project for the year (since I just started the newsletter the one for 2014 will be short).

2. Use the Binder to create each newsletter volume in separate sub-folders so the project will grow throughout the year.

3. Use the Research folder to create separate sub-folders for each volume where I can put ideas, links, pictures, etc. that I want to use for that volume. When I start writing the volume I’ll have all my information ready to go.

4. Transfer the text to the template in Mailchimp when ready.

Other Related Ideas

Since I plan to use Scrivener for developing my newsletter I also realized there are other similar uses too:

  • I can use it to write my book-related email campaigns.
  • Other email templates such as those used for greetings, thank-you’s and giveaways
  • Goodreads templates for those who friend me
  • It can even be used to compose social media communications that may be used repetitively. Since you can copy all kinds of files into Scrivener, I imagine I can even use it for adding pictures to post on Pinterest such as upcoming cover reveals or additional artwork to be released at a particular time.

The Bow of DestinyAs you can see, the uses for Scrivener are many and varied. Have you tried Scrivener yet? If you have, what are other ways you use it? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed on 11/10/14 so take a look.

Thanks for reading. I’m off to start my newsletter project in Scrivener!

P. H. Solomon

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Managing Scrivener Projects and Templates Pt. 6: Newsletter Update

Sciv Newsletter TemplateBack in December I created a Scrivener template for Newsletters which is available for download. The post was rather popular so I wanted to update how I’m using it with readers and whether it’s been beneficial.

I’ve created a 2015 Newsletter project and organized it according to my schedule for this year. I’ve cut back on my newsletter to once a month to allow for more time to write as well as not overburden list members with messages.

The template has been very helpful to me. I’m able to write an edition rather quickly from the template based on regular features. It’s quite simple to create a new newsletter and write content in short order and transfer various sections into my Mailchimp template easily. This lessens my time working in the online template and reduces errors and issues with the content.

During the month, I write various ideas in a new folder to further develop once I’m ready to write the next edition. In this way the template acts as a repository of ideas for each newsletter. Once I’m up to date on the ideas they can be written rather easily.

I’ve found using these kinds of templates very useful for other types of content including blogging, my platform management and even book reviews. Scrivener’s design and functionality have increased the amount of content I can produce across the board and project templates are a major key to my productivity as a whole. With the correct configurations I can write without putting too much energy into preparations so I’m much faster at completing a piece of content.Scriv Newsletter Doc Temp

Additionally, I’m using document templates withing my projects now so I’ve set one up for my newsletter that includes all my regular content, headings and formatting. I’ve posted an updated Newsletter template that includes document templates. To learn about document templates click on the link below. To learn more about making a managing project templates check out these posts:

Managing Scrivener Projects & Templates Pt. 1

Managing Scrivener Projects & Templates Pt. 2: Newletters

Managing Scrivener Projects & Templates Pt. 3: An Author’sPlatform

Managing Scrivener Projects & Templates Pt. 4: Author Project Manager

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyManaging Scrivener Projects & Templates Pt. 5: Book Reviews

Under Construction: Templates & Scrivener

Scrivner Tip: Making Document Templates

Have your begun using templates? How has your productivity been impacted? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged: Re-Cap

This is continuing feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule.

Since there was an opening this week, I thought I’d re-cap interviews from previous weeks in case anyone missed any of these.

Back in December, Daniel Adorno appeared with an interview about his epic fantasy, The Blade Heir.

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In January, Fantasy Authors Unplugged first featured Autumn Birt that covered her Rise of the Fifth Order trilogy which begins with Born of Water. She also shared her inspiration, upcoming plans and thoughts on book trailers.

Autumn Birt

The next week, Ed Ireland appeared and shared his latest book, The Stormbringer.

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On January 21st, Michael Edging was featured with his co-author, Steve Arnold, for Annwyn’s Blood.

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The last week of January featured C. S. Boyack with his latest book, The Cock of the South.

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The first week of February featured, Leisl Kaberry, author of The Titanian Chronicles,

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Next, Robert Penner, author of Dark Moon Shadow was featured.

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Most recently Loren Weaver was featured with her new release, Tiger’s Peace.

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What I’ve found interesting in these interviews is the wide variety of known authors who have influence those featured in Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope everyone has found something that peaks their interest in these interviews. I’ve certainly enjoyed all of them and hope to get around to reading all these books as soon as I can.

Comments have been very favorable for these interviews so take a look at some of them. These featured authors have been very thoughtful and gracious with their time. I feel certain and some of these authors will have growing success in the coming years.

If you’re a fantasy author and would like to be interviewed for “Fantasy Authors Unplugged” just contact me via email or one of my social media channels and we’ll set one up. I do have weeks open for March so let me know if you want to set up a week.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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