How to create a Kindle ebook with Scrivener

There are a lot of tutorials online that go over using Scrivener to format to .mobi, the problem with most of them is they’re written for Mac, not Windows.  Scrivener was originally a Mac-only program, so a lot of the support and information isn’t applicable to Windows users.  I wrote a little bit about this in the previous post, The coolest thing I’ve ever seen.  Eventually, I figured it out and put a draft of Larry’s Dead onto my Kindle.

The process isn’t difficult but it was tricky, so I thought I would write out specific instructions.  If you have any issues, contact me and I’ll walk you through it. Continue reading “How to create a Kindle ebook with Scrivener”

Started a new project

(Image from an interesting post on Good E Reads)

I hadn’t realized how tied up my brain is with my daughter’s book until last night.

I was really trudging through my writing time, just struggling to add a couple new pages to her story.  It wasn’t writer’s block, nothing that serious, but it was work.  The words were reluctant, difficult, and stubborn.  I got my pages done and then closed the word processor with relief.  Done for the day, whew.

But there was another document open. Continue reading “Started a new project”

Happy Fourth of July!

I’m not a big holiday guy, I usually keep things pretty mellow, but the fourth of July is a fun one.  It’s not that I go out of the way or anything, or immerse myself in the history of the date, it’s just that the town I live in always throws a big bash.  There’s bands playing music, tons of food and festivities, and of course fireworks.  It’s a blast.

Unfortunately, my dog is not a fan of fireworks.  The smallest firework going off will cause her to jump up bristling, full of adrenaline, and start barking.  I’m pretty sure she thinks fireworks are somehow a direct attack on her.  Which means the fourth of July and New Years are equal parts entertaining and annoying.

Today’s festivities probably won’t involve much writing, mostly drinking beer and eating unhealthy food.  And tonight I’ll probably be baby sitting a loud, panicky dog.  It’s a three day weekend though, so I don’t feel too bad about skipping my word count for a day.  I’ll make up for it tomorrow.

Here’s wishing you all good writing, a nice weekend, and a happy holiday!

fourth-of-julyImage from ETV10

 

Welcome!

It’s been an interesting few months leading up to me starting this blog.

I’ve been a voracious reader and writer for many years now.  It started in High School when friends and I would exchange stories, usually horror stories that involved gory death scenes.

Since then, my problem has been that I get really excited about a project for a few weeks but then I get another idea.  The first idea gets shelved and I start working on the new one.  And repeat.  None of them ever made it past a couple dozen pages before another project came up or life got in the way.

Recently though, I started writing a story for my daughter.  She loves to read, so I thought it would be something fun to do.  She’s been the motivation that got me to dig into a single story and not let go.

It’s been a whole lot of fun and it’s really inspired me to get more serious with my writing.  There is so much more I want to learn about writing, publishing, and developing as a person and a writer.

J. M. Payer