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In case you missed my low-key little announcement on Twitter the other day, I actually finally finished my revision of Still Life, a novel that continues the story of Nikki Velvet, a character introduced in the story “One Last Sunset” in Slices.

I wrote the first draft of this novel over ten years ago, and getting it into publishable shape now was a huge, daunting task. But Scrivener made it much, much easier. I don’t know how much longer I would have put off these revisions if I hadn’t had Scrivener. Another ten years, probably.

Instead of having to deal with one overwhelming, monolithic Word document, Scrivener allowed me to easily carve my manuscript up into manageable scenes which I could view as an outline or as notecards on a corkboard and easily re-arrange and add new content to. It gave me a single place to keep all my notes and references and keep everything organized. It autosaves all my changes literally every couple of seconds, and I have it saving to my Dropbox folder so it automatically syncs between my laptop and my desktop computer.

Originally only available on Macs, it finally came out for Windows about a year ago, and I’ve been happily using it ever since.

The software normally costs $40, which is already a pretty great price, but thanks to a timely tweet from Rainy Kaye, I just found out that you can buy Scrivener for just $20, today only, which is a ridiculously good deal. I mean, come on, you can’t even get a decent pizza for $20.

(UPDATE: As of Friday afternoon, April 26th, looks like the sale is still going on!)

Go! Check it out! Make your writing life easier.


Thursday, April 25th

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An unreliable narrator, MICHAEL MONTOURE ( montoure@bloodletters.com ) is an indie writer of horror and dark urban fantasy. His obsessions include hidden truths, secret dealings, and the changing and fragile nature of our own pasts. He is known as much for his spoken-word performances of his fiction at Seattle coffeehouses and conventions as for the stories themselves. Currently working as a writer and producer of the webseries Causality, he lives alone with a gray cat by the edge of Echo Lake, Washington. ( Twitter / Facebook / Google+ )
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