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by Jack Daniel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Help! Need Someone to Help With Compiling etc.
Replies: 1
Views: 1096

Re: Help! Need Someone to Help With Compiling etc.

Ahahahahahahahahah! (laughing on the outside, crying on the inside) I know enough about compiling to put out a decent epub/mobi, but it took months to figure even that much out. There were more swear words emanating from my den than ever before in history. I took a couple Udemy courses, but I didn't...
by Jack Daniel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Who overthinks?
Replies: 15
Views: 8789

Re: Who overthinks?

Who overthinks?

Hmm. Let me think about that.
by Jack Daniel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: MasterClass: who's tried it?
Replies: 9
Views: 2029

Re: MasterClass: who's tried it?

Yes, I really plan on doing that. What will have to happen first is that I will have to have exhausted all my own ideas. Then, I will definitely do that. The thing is, I think this is a good strategy (waiting for a fallow period) because the $180 deal is a one year deal. Yes, you get access to every...
by Jack Daniel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: How to avoid trying to be "original" and "perfect"?
Replies: 7
Views: 4415

Re: How to avoid trying to be "original" and "perfect"?

First, no one can be perfect. No writing, no novel, no screenplay, is perfect. My favorite authors, my favorite books, my favorite musicians, none are really perfect. it's not possible. Chasing perfection, even if never captured, is still a good idea, as long as what you are doing is making things a...
by Jack Daniel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Stuck with "pieces"
Replies: 6
Views: 1511

Re: Stuck with "pieces"

This is where I found myself. I'd written an entire trilogy. Except I hadn't. Two years in, what I had was a stack of scenes. All important, all fairly polished. No real fat that needed removing. The line-by-line was already pretty good. What I did not have was structure. I had the linear timeline, ...
by Jack Daniel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Proper naming
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Re: Proper naming

I would also consider changing one of the names. They are very similar, same length, same letters, same feel. The more different you make the two names, the easier it will be for the reader to parse it without working too hard. You want the reader to imagine two different personae here (even if they...
by Jack Daniel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Dialogue Tags
Replies: 32
Views: 3166

Re: Dialogue Tags

I might see this slightly differently. I think there are two cardinal rules in writing: 1) try not to confuse the reader 2) try not to write more words than are needed It seems every single writing 'rule' goes right back there, as an extension of those rules. Dialogue tags can be considered somethin...
by Jack Daniel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Passive Verbs?
Replies: 11
Views: 1333

Re: Passive Verbs?

I've observed that concepts like, "Never use adverbs!" and "Never write in passive voice!" are for students who need to learn lessons that they won't unless given strict guidelines, where infractions against those guidelines risks a reduced grade. They're good exercises, but as ...
by Jack Daniel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Windows)
Topic: How to share content between projects?
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: How to share content between projects?

This may not work for you, depending on what you are trying to do. But what I have done is to open the target project, then open the source project, then move the window to the right enough to reveal the binder of the target project underneath. At that point you can select any document in the source...
by Jack Daniel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Technical Support (iOS)
Topic: So Confused By Chapter Titles in Compile...HELP
Replies: 4
Views: 852

Re: So Confused By Chapter Titles in Compile...HELP

It's very possible that I've been doing this the hard way. Yes, I added a chapter 21 to a novel with 61 chapters (two of them were too long so I reformatted them into three), just yesterday, and it took me 10 minutes to renumber all the remaining chapters. Not fun. Not creative. But I want my TOC to...
by Jack Daniel
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Styles: how they will be?
Replies: 17
Views: 1077

Re: Styles: how they will be?

All righty then. I may have not followed the suggestions religiously, but I've solved the problems. This is coincidentally how many writing problems are solved—someone makes a suggestion that takes you out of your own thinking pattern and allows you to come up with an even better idea than the sugge...
by Jack Daniel
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Styles: how they will be?
Replies: 17
Views: 1077

Re: Styles: how they will be?

This is a lot to think about.

Thanks for your diligence in trying to help. I'll report back, but these ideas are interesting, probably helpful.

And I must apologize to Tomkeen. I honestly did not set out to hijack your thread; I was actually trying to just bump it up. :wink:
by Jack Daniel
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Styles: how they will be?
Replies: 17
Views: 1077

Re: Styles: how they will be?

Jack, As Devin says, you are complicating the process a bit by having a style for every single bit of text—the reason why body text isn't normally given a style is precisely to avoid problems with compilation and allow the different compilation body text formats to apply automatically. It can be do...
by Jack Daniel
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Styles: how they will be?
Replies: 17
Views: 1077

Re: Styles: how they will be?

If I can suggest, it would be helpful if that were expanded to find 'no' formatting. In other words, to have the ability to search for moments where there is no style applied to parts of text. I realize that many do not apply styles to very many elements in text, and searching like this would not be...
by Jack Daniel
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Find duplicate texts?
Replies: 2
Views: 473

Re: Find duplicate texts?

What I do is just use the search feature of Scrivener. What I've found is that if you put the entire phrase in quotes, this works rather well. For instance, If I search for the word 'promise', even though that is not really that common of a word, I might get 40-50 returns in a manuscript of 80K word...