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by Hugh
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: How to come up names to your characters?
Replies: 10
Views: 302

Re: How to come up names to your characters?

I have a theory that certain rhythms and syllable combinations work better for different character types in a novel. This theory is not based on any in depth psychological studies, nor is it drawn from an understanding of cognitive behaviour. It’s just a hunch (albeit a hunch that I follow for all ...
by Hugh
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: How to come up names to your characters?
Replies: 10
Views: 302

Re: How to come up names to your characters?

Authors do this in all sorts of ways - apart, of course, from using the Scrivener name generator. Famously, Ian Fleming took the name of James Bond from the author of a book about birds (probably on a shelf in the house in Jamaica, Goldeneye, where he wrote his novels). He wanted a blunt, plain name...
by Hugh
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Scrivener Owners Manual for Mac Help Please
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: Scrivener Owners Manual for Mac Help Please

Hi Lyd, Welcome to Scrivener, Just to say that the Manual is more in the nature of a reference book, rather than a guide to be read from start to finish. Personally, I think that it's an amazing piece of work, but it is long and detailed. I agree with Ray above that an as-good or better introduction...
by Hugh
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Restoring from dropbox versions?
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Re: Restoring from dropbox versions?

Welcome to Scrivener and its forums, Perwiz. Sorry to hear about your problems. It's not a good idea, except in extreme circumstances, to go searching within your project folder for the text that you've lost. That could make it difficult for you to launch your project subsequently. Are you sure that...
by Hugh
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Music for writing
Replies: 51
Views: 12319

Re: Music for writing

devinganger wrote:
The soundtrack to Altamira (a wonderful movie BTW) -- great instrumental from Mark Knopfler


Many thanks for this suggestion, Devin - very conducive of an almost-dream state. Now I must get the movie!
by Hugh
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: New book technology
Replies: 42
Views: 1832

Re: New book technology

I found a source for vetting news outlets https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/ Now if we could be certain they had no bias. 8) Show me a news outlet that claims to have no bias and I will show you a liar. There's no such thing. Even if you were to depend for your news on your trusted nextdoor neighbour ...
by Hugh
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: How many pdfs into a research folder?
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Re: How many pdfs into a research folder?

I know of no limit to the number of pdfs that can be placed in your research folder. If there were to be one, it would probably be in terms of gigabytes of pdfs (a large number of large pdfs, in other words), that is in terms of size rather than a simple number of pdfs - but I don't know of a gigaby...
by Hugh
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Feedback (Mac)
Topic: Feature request: revision targets
Replies: 4
Views: 406

Re: Feature request: revision targets

This is something that I'd be interested in too, in particular the ability to set targets in terms of total words to be revised and "words this session", and a progress-bar or other type of indicator as one's revision work moves onwards through a long-form draft.
by Hugh
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Technical Support (iOS)
Topic: Dictation into Scrivener on iPhone
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: Dictation into Scrivener on iPhone

Nobody has replied to this, so I'll have a go. Other than Apple's own dictation tools, the only one that I've used for iOS is Dragon Anywhere. It has the resources of the developer Nuance behind it, including work on Dragon for Mac and Dragon for Windows (or whatever it's now called), which I guess ...
by Hugh
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Novel in a Day
Topic: NiaD 7: Lessons Learned
Replies: 68
Views: 11647

Re: NiaD 7: Lessons Learned

vic-k wrote:
nom wrote:How about: A group of writers, most of whom have never met, decide to write a novel in 24 hours without knowing the plot or what each other is writing. Everything they write comes true...


Too late, buddy ... it's already been done ... 's called BREXIT :cry:


:mrgreen: :roll:
by Hugh
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Affinity Publisher! It’s alive! ALIVE!
Replies: 12
Views: 3745

Re: Affinity Publisher! It’s alive! ALIVE!

Fine for a short brochure or leaflet. Much in need of a slick book-publishing mode and ebook support. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/64934-book-publishing/ Interesting early review: https://medium.com/@postenterprise/affinity-publisher-beta-hands-on-review-4f5f05c96c02 Slàinte mh...
by Hugh
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Kofi Annan & John McCain
Replies: 12
Views: 1624

Re: Kofi Annan

Each time I try to respond to your last post, the theme of my intended comments have been subsumed and modified by prevailing events. Today we've lost another, 'decent human being', Senator John McCain https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fupload.wikimedia.org%2Fwikipedia%2Fcommons%2Fthu...
by Hugh
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Technical Support (iOS)
Topic: iPad 2018 or iPad Pro 10.5" ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1233

Re: iPad 2018 or iPad Pro 10.5" ?

I own neither iPad, but I do have the larger (12.9 inch) iPad Pro. So, obviously, discount my advice accordingly. Generally, in my opinion where writing is concerned, bigger is better (and the 10.5 is I believe one-fifth bigger than the ordinary iPad). I find that seeing as much of the page as possi...
by Hugh
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Scrivener for journalists
Replies: 11
Views: 1032

Re: Scrivener for journalists

I'm a former journalist, TV and newspapers, regional and national, tabloid and - as they used to be - broadsheet, features and news. As regards templates, I agree with AmberV above. For feature pieces in the newspaper industry, although there's of course some commonality of structural approach among...
by Hugh
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Open Recent not working
Replies: 4
Views: 308

Re: Open Recent not working

In some previous versions of macOS, the Apple software underlying the "Recent items" box in System Preferences > General pane could get "stuck", so stopping the Scrivener: File > Recent Projects dialogue from working. (It happened to me, and also some other Scrivener users, accor...