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by John Dodds
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: AMERICANS! Please help...
Replies: 106
Views: 31024

Re: AMERICANS! Please help...

My audiobooks are set in Glasgow and have a fair amount of local dialigue and phrases. The publisher is American and my first fans American..one of them a hairy biker from Texas. Stck to your guns. After all, US authors and publishers don't translate for us.
by John Dodds
Sat May 26, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: I hate the idea of outlining, but...
Replies: 25
Views: 8912

Re: I hate the idea of outlining, but...

Thanks all for your thoughtful replies. I started a novel a few years back (just recovered it in Scrivener) and I see that I did an outline of sorts (more of a two page synopsis, really), which I don't normally do. All your advice inspires may to break it down some more and get more detailed about i...
by John Dodds
Sat May 26, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Windows)
Topic: How do I open a project without a .scriv file
Replies: 8
Views: 1865

Re: How do I open a project without a .scriv file

Thanks, all, and KEWMS you are right - the undated file contains the .txt files, which I am copying out, though I may need to reorganise as the sequence is unclear - I wrote it three years ago, as far as it went.
by John Dodds
Thu May 24, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Windows)
Topic: How do I open a project without a .scriv file
Replies: 8
Views: 1865

Re: How do I open a project without a .scriv file

Thanks, they were kind enough to do that before, with a bunch of projects - I didn't want to put them out again, but I can certainly ask. I certainly find everyone so supportive and helpful here. Thank you. Maybe you could contact the help desk directly and ask the m if they would convert your files...
by John Dodds
Thu May 24, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Windows)
Topic: How do I open a project without a .scriv file
Replies: 8
Views: 1865

Re: How do I open a project without a .scriv file

I don't own a Mac any longer - my Mac died. I have version 1.7.90. John Did you ever upgrade to Scrivener 2? I think .rtfd files were for version 1 only; they converted .rtf files for version 2 (if not at release, then at some point after version 2.0). If those are Scrivener 1 for Mac files, you'll ...
by John Dodds
Thu May 24, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: I hate the idea of outlining, but...
Replies: 25
Views: 8912

Re: I hate the idea of outlining, but...

Thanks, Lunk, I did not know that.
by John Dodds
Thu May 24, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Windows)
Topic: How do I open a project without a .scriv file
Replies: 8
Views: 1865

Re: How do I open a project without a .scriv file

Sadly, I don't see any .scrivx files, just .rtdf and .txt
ones.

lunk wrote:In Windows, you open the .scrivx file inside the .scriv folder. It was a folder on the Mac as well but ”hidden” like a file.

You shouldn’t have backups and the live project in the same folder.
by John Dodds
Thu May 24, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: I hate the idea of outlining, but...
Replies: 25
Views: 8912

Thanks MB

I appreciate the heads up on the fact I am a Windows user, so an alternative to IThoughts and Scrapple could be useful.
by John Dodds
Thu May 24, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Technical Support (Windows)
Topic: How do I open a project without a .scriv file
Replies: 8
Views: 1865

How do I open a project without a .scriv file

I have a bunch of files, possibly done on a Mac (now I am on Windows as the Mac is deceased). I can see folders for my project, Cafe Insomnia 2, but no .scriv file. There are text docs in the folders, which I can open but no idea what the sequene shold be. Is there a workaround? Insomnia files image...
by John Dodds
Thu May 24, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: I hate the idea of outlining, but...
Replies: 25
Views: 8912

Re: I hate the idea of outlining, but...

Thanks everyone for the valuable and interesting replies. Much appreciated.
by John Dodds
Thu May 24, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: I hate the idea of outlining, but...
Replies: 25
Views: 8912

Re: I hate the idea of outlining, but...

I like what you're saying here...a fellow traveller! Outlining before writing. Dear Heavens. I'm such a posterior aviator! It's taken me years to work out something that faintly resembles an outlining system. I've got half a dozen books on how to outline a novel, and none of them works for me by its...
by John Dodds
Wed May 23, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: I hate the idea of outlining, but...
Replies: 25
Views: 8912

Re: I hate the idea of outlining, but...

Thank you. I have read Tony Buzan's work, but your ideas are also useful. I've been using mind maps since about 1972, and I seem to have gradually trained my mind so that I can't work without them. I find that the visual positioning of things is the only way I can organise, now. I have also done thi...
by John Dodds
Wed May 23, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: I hate the idea of outlining, but...
Replies: 25
Views: 8912

I hate the idea of outlining, but...

Several novels and many short stories but never outline (except in a minimal way when halfway through and stuck. Really want to try outlining my next novel, especially since I am struggling to get started. Been thinking about mind mapping to begin with. Has anyone found that approach useful and do y...
by John Dodds
Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Technical Support (Windows)
Topic: Original Scrivener default style
Replies: 2
Views: 600

Re: Original Scrivener default style

Do you mean the actual font used? It's Cochin now, I think, but I've got a vague memory that it used to be Optima on the Mac. If you can get hold of a copy and install it on Windows, all you need to do in Scrivener is set Optima to be the default text font in Preferences/Options and it will apply t...
by John Dodds
Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Technical Support (Windows)
Topic: Original Scrivener default style
Replies: 2
Views: 600

Original Scrivener default style

I first used Scrivener on my old Mac. It had a really nice default font style, but can't remember what it was. The new Windows version uses Courier, like a regular typescript, which is fine, but I changed that to Times. My favourite style was the original on the Mac, though. Does anyone know what th...