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Robert Batten

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Author

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Scrivener for iOS Spellchecker Language

I recently posted about my first impressions for Scrivener on iOS and how much I love it. I’ve continued my love affair with the software, but have been hitting one issue for which I now have a resolution; the spell-checker language kept using American English.
I searched the Scrivener for iOS app settings for a language or dictionary option, but couldn’t find one. I checked the official knowledge base, but there is very little there on the iOS version. Finally, I found a response in the discussion forums that answered my questions.
It turns out, the Scrivener spell-checker uses the language dictionary associated with the iOS keyboard selected. You can find keyboard settings in the settings app under General > Keyboards.

Within the keyboards section, there are two places to set the keyboards available: “Keyboards” controls the software keyboards available; “Hardware Keyboard” (as the name suggests) controls the settings for physical keyboards you attach.
By default, I had three software keyboards configured; Australian, emoji, and American. I use the Apple keyboard cover, and am constantly pressing the little globe button that changes the language — it seems that act key changing the spellchecker language to American English. I have since deleted the American version and since then the spellchecker appears to be correctly checking against the Australian English dictionary.

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Using Scrivener for iOS

I've been using Scrivener for iOS on my iPad Pro for over a week now. I'm sure I haven't tested out everything it can do, but I'm now confident that the iPad Pro (Using Scrivener) will be my primary tool for writing.
I'll try to summarise what I like (and what I don't) below. (more…)

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How I self-edit

I've been engaged with a group of writers fairly actively lately exchanging critiques. It has been a thoroughly rewarding process, allowing me to hone my own craft whilst helping others. I find critiquing someone else's work much easier than my own, as I have distance and can examine it in more detail. Along the way, I learn more about what I think works vs. what doesn't, and my own writing also improves.
As part of this process, I find there are a number of pieces of advice that I provide regularly. Some are things I have learned through experimentation, some from an earlier age when I was still in school. Most, however, have come from other writers, and from helpful blog posts and articles.
I've decided to summarise my process and advice for editing your own work here. I'll try to reference out as much as possible to the source of any rules I include.
I plan to return to this post regularly and update it as my toolbox updates.
Note: This is focused on copy editing. It is also not to suggest I feel my work doesn't need professional editing afterwards. This is the editing I do before I let anyone else look at my writing (including editors).
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel

Helping writers become authors (a blog I recommend) has a great series of posts chronicling the do's and don'ts of storytelling by using Marvel movies. The posts are humorous and highly educational. I thoroughly recommend checking them out.
You could probably start anywhere in the series - I've just finished reading about character backstories, illustrated by Guardians of the Galaxy.

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