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Scrivener for Writing

This past week I’ve been experimenting using Scrivener‘s Outline feature to try my hand at POVs and outlining scenes for my current work-in-progress.  I’ve found that the line by line w/ synopsis is a lot more useful than the grid or free-form card option they offer.  I also like all the pretty colors for the myriad of colors that come up too.  I’ve been reading about how many scenes a novel should have and it seems like it can really vary depending on what your average scene length is (I don’t know!), how long your book will be (shooting for 100k or about 400 pages) and how many scenes you want.  When I sit down to write, I never really have an idea of how long I want the scene to be.  For the purposes of this project, I’m allotting myself an experimental 1k per scene and I’ve got plotted over the weekend about 60 scenes.  At this point, I’m not too worried about it as I think with some of the scenes, they will easily go over 4 pgs.

Using Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Pro program has helped me define a bit clearer my main character’s conflict,  and ambitions.  For those of you familiar with my writing, this is sort of a prequel to the screenplay I worked on last year.  Some of the characters may appear in this book but it’ll be in an introductory role.  I’m feeling really confident this time round.

This weekend, a good friend sent me a pastor’s letter written by Joel Osteen about achieving our dreams that I found absolutely inspiring.  Rather than re-post it again (bloggers have re-posted it enough already), here’s a link to a random Google searched blog featuring the letter I’m referring to: “What If They Don’t Believe?”.  My confidence is in the Lord!

Keep reaching higher,

Lauren Miller

Currently listening to: Eli August — Let This House Burn Slowly.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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