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Robert Batten

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Author

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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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