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The weak link in Scrivener’s armour
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The weak link in Scrivener’s armour

After breaking Scrivener for iOS with two massive project files, I vent my spleen about Scrivener’s biggest weakness.


iPad Mini 5, Apple Pencil and Procreate
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iPad Mini 5, Apple Pencil and Procreate

Sick of poorly made drawing tablets, I upgrade to an iPad mini 5 and draw my first map using Procreate with the Apple Pencil.


Why I’ve outgrown NaNoWriMo
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Why I’ve outgrown NaNoWriMo

Ten days into NaNoWriMo 2019, I realise the event no longer holds any value for me, while changes to its website have killed the social experience.


Grammarly Review - Keyboard and Caffeine
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Grammarly Review - Keyboard and Caffeine

On his spinoff site, Chris asks if a Grammarly Premium subscription is worth it for writers and editors.


The Icewind Dale Trilogy: a retrospective review
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The Icewind Dale Trilogy: a retrospective review

Following a reviewed interest in D&D I pick up my ancient copies of the Icewind Dale trilogy from the 1980s and give them the retrospective review of a jaded 21st century author and reader.


12 Overused Clichés to Avoid in Your Fantasy Novel
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12 Overused Clichés to Avoid in Your Fantasy Novel

There’s a very fine line between cliche and trope in fantasy. While I agree with the author’s sentiment, many of what’s listed in her article define the genre for me as a life-long reader of fantasy.


Forgecity
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Forgecity

Friend and fellow blogger Mark Timmony posts another WIP extract from his forthcoming novel, The Blood of Spear.


Drafting novels with Scrivener
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Drafting novels with Scrivener

After my last tutorial on Scrivener's fundamentals, I delve into drafting novels. I cover templates, structure, styles, and more!


Revisiting the Cae Valley
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Revisiting the Cae Valley

Playing around with Wonderdraft on my upgraded workstation, I recreate my old map of the Cae Valley.


I needed an iMac…I got a Dell
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I needed an iMac…I got a Dell

With content creation taking its toll on my MacBook, I looked at getting an iMac. I ended up with a Dell desktop instead.


Coffee, panties and Jane Austen
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Coffee, panties and Jane Austen

After my wife complains to me about a poorly researched historical novel she’s reading, I explore a couple of common mistakes authors can make when falling back on assumptions. Fair warning, my sense of humour is dry and sometimes crude.


Interactive fantasy maps
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Interactive fantasy maps

After laying the foundations of an online encyclopaedia, I experiment with creating an interactive map for my fantasy world using HTML, JavaScript and a little PHP.