Scrivener Tip – Multiple Story Lines

I’m currently doing the final read through of my contemporary fantasy novel, Unholy Triptych, and it’s been difficult for a number of reasons:  Firstly I have three main characters; secondly each has their own story arcs that only merges near the end of the book; thirdly they have alternately chapters: and lastly I’m using their ‘voice’ to differentiate them instead of relying on, say, describing them every time I start their chapter, or using their name in the opening paragraph.

Scrivener to the rescue…

I’ve just discovered that I can compile the document and include (or exclude) certain… Continue reading

Inspiration: Do You Draw From Real Life Events?

I’ve been following Britt’s blog posts about the missing Dutch students in Panama. It is one of those compelling stories that draws us in.  Our blog webmistress, Linda, has posed a question to us about whether or how much we use real life events in our novels.  An interesting question.  How much is too much?  Are some things so sensitive we shouldn’t think about including them.

For my part, I find kinds of bits and pieces of things find their way into my novel and short stories.  Some are inspired by things I see or by things people do. … Continue reading

Location, Location, Location

                We all know setting is important to a story or novel.  It can add atmosphere or sometimes even function closer to a character.  I’m working on a short story that relates back to a specific time period and place.  Except that my story is now in present day.  My research started with the internet – doing what most likely other writers do as well – searching for answers as to the history of the place, landmarks, etc.  In this instance, I looked at… Continue reading