Scrivener & Writing Muscle

A muscle -Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

A muscle -Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Every day I write either another section of a story or something else. I do this to keep my writing muscle good and flexed, but mainly I write because it is a joy in my life. I got into the habit of writing stories at an early age. My dad would weave stories together at my bedtime and it seemed like he was plucking each word out of the air. I knew immediately I wanted to be able to do the same thing. Of course in reality it is more complicated than that. A story really comes from all kinds of inspiration. Reading books, watching a movie or TV show, or simply living day to day can inspire a person to write a story.

Within the last month I wrote a short story called Prisoner of Darkness. I thought once it was done that was it and I went back to working on Between Two Worlds. Then I came up with a kidnap story. These two efforts lead me to want to learn, Scrivener. I gave it a try last year but my heart wasn’t in it. This year it was the opposite way. I have learned the basics and there is still more to learn!

My plan to upload BTW into Scrivener did happen.  However, it was a struggle to get the dedication, acknowledgment, and other pages before the manuscript to be in the order I wanted and not have word chapter to appear on them after compiling into the following file types Mobi and PDF.   I made frequent visits to Scrivener’s forum  and I did figure it out where I was going wrong.   Then I ran into formatting trouble when I previewed the PDF file in Create Space and the Mobi file in Kindle Previewer.  (I also created an Epub file but I can’t preview it.)  I wanted them to appear as closely as possible to how they appear in Scrivener but they weren’t even close. In time I figured this out too, now the formatting on both files is correct.  My fingers and toes are crossed that things will continue to go smoothly with the files once uploaded to seller sites.  If not, I have my bottle of good feelings nearby that I can open to dash away the anger and frustration.