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Managing Scrivener Project & Templates Pt. 4: Career Management

APM Template WritingScrivener has been a key component to improving my productivity this year. I’ve recently written about various uses for Scrivener such as blog posts, newsletters and even template email messages. Additionally, I’ve shared about using Scrivener templates including some resources for these. In my last post I shared about managing templates.

Becoming an author is a project all its own whether you are self-publishing or going the traditional route through publishers. Aside from writing content an author has a host of needs for their writing endeavors. The amount of resources a writer requires today can be confusing.

Many writers already use Scrivener to manage their various writing projects. But I recently started thinking about using something to manage my writing resources more thoroughly and Scrivener came to mind. My idea was to use the software not to publish from this project but to use it to manage the project.

APM Template PlatformFor example, I recently shared my Newsletter template where you can manage as many newsletters as necessary over a long period of time. Other’s have shared blog templates that function much the same way. I use one of these myself. However, this author management template is not meant for compiling writing. Instead, it’s meant to manage the business of writing.

If you are just starting out you can use the folders to organize the various elements of your writing career as well as record target dates to complete various tasks and projects. If you are setting up your website you’ll need to track your goal from idea to launch along with costs, hosting, website development, etc. The same goes for your social media accounts and blogging development.

APM Template ResearchBut there are many other pieces of information that an author may need to track. Suppose you have an agent. You may need to track information related to your agent. If you are developing a book launch you may need to create a sub-folder to keep your plans organized. You can copy files into various locations in your project that may relate to any of your business plans and functions (can anyone say taxes?). With the flexibility of Scrivener, an author can use it to manage just about everything they do including their writing inventory and deadlines.

I’ve created this template to be a starter for newer authors. If you already have much of what you need developed you can still plug in aspects of your career and manage the information or link to ongoing work. This Author Management template is free to download starting today. Try it out and let me know if you have any suggested changes.

The Bow of DestinyAre you trying Scrivener templates out? Are you already using them? 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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Of Butterflies, Spices and Fresh Air

Viceroy ButterflyOver the weekend I finished the rough draft of a short story. Then, I took Sunday off from writing. This morning my creativity started percolating.

I’ve had another short story in very rough draft for about ten months. With a major book revision and several other short story ideas I just haven’t had time to edit this story. But this morning, I had fresh ideas for this story. Elements of the project that needed fleshing out suddenly gained clarity.

After sitting down with the story, importing it into Scrivener and making notes about it I realized something: I was charged about taking on this project. Many other writers suggest writing a story and letting it lie for a while before editing. The reason for this hiatus is that it allows your mind to look at the content from different perspectives.

While I think that this was definitely the case with this particular short story, I also believe there is another reason the story came alive for me again. With a draft completed my mind had space to creatively play with the story. Perhaps it’s spicessomething like a butterfly escaping its cocoon but I also think it’s the need for variety.

It occurred to me that completing a project allows creativity to flow. The mind craves something different – a varied “spice” – and it starts working through all the ideas that are backlogged. So it’s a very good reason to complete a project. It breathes fresh air over stale ideas. It allows creativity to stretch.

With several short fiction projects in my backlog of ideas, I suddenly have momentum for them. With momentum, comes more enthusiasm and motivation. With some luck, I’ll complete editing this different story soon and move onto another, new idea (I’m alternating writing and editing short stories right now). I hope with increasing momentum, I’ll move onto the second and third books in short order to complete those drafts as well as actually release my first full-length novel this year.

Fresh WindOne of my major goals for the year is publication. I want to submit at least six short stories to fiction markets and publish my first novel. Perhaps I’ll have time to get to my second novel published late in the year. It’s a lofty goal, but these butterfly ideas certainly push me onward. The short fiction I can take in smaller chunks which help push the larger goals toward completion.

Are you reaching for your goals with small chunks? What butterflies are emerging for you this year? 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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My 2015 Plans for Scrivener – Use It More

Scrivener has been a key component to improving my productivity this year. I’ve recently written about various uses for Scrivener such as blog posts, newsletters and even template email messages. Additionally, I’ve shared about using Scrivener templates including some resources for these. In my last post I shared about managing templates. In Part 4 I released my Author Platform Management template.

As I move into 2015 I plan to use Scrivener far more than I have this last year. I’ve found this software to be so useful that I’m already using it for my blog, some email communication, platform management, newsletters as well as my fiction projects.

I’m currently in the process of transferring ongoing projects into Scrivener. I’m working on a few novel rough drafts that needs be imported as well as those for some short stories – both complete and in development. As I work on these different projects, I’m making the transition to Scrivener. For the short stories I’m using a template for SFWA markets to make things easier when I am ready to make submissions.

INewsletter Planning’m using my own template for newsletters already as well as my platform management template. For blogs, I’m using a template that I downloaded. I’ve already got my 2015 project for blogs ready to go and I’m working on the others.

However, there’s one more change that I’m making to may daily process. I journal almost daily, but in Word and not Scrivener. I open a new file for each month. This is rather cumbersome since there end up being so many files. So I’m considering shifting my 2015 journal into a template somehow.

Likewise, I track my daily goals in my journal so I’m also considering how I want to do this in Scrivener rather than Word. My goal is to handle as much of my work-flow through Scrivener as possible – it’s that useful to me.

APM Template WritingI haven’t decided yet how I’m going to handle this change. I may incorporate the journal into my Author Platform Manager template. I may also make a simple template much like those for blogging or newsletters, just less detailed since it’s intended for my own use only. Regardless of where and how I handle my journal and goals these will be centralized and easier to handle each day. If I make a new template I will share it like my other recent developments.

Are you using Scrivener more in the coming year? 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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