Scriveners’ Toolkit

Welcome to the Scrivener’s Toolkit!

This page is for those of you that aspire to become writers or for those who wish to learn more about the craft of writing.

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My first suggestion is to begin listening to my favorite writing podcast, Writing Excuses. Hosted by fantasy / sci-fi authors Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Web Cartoonist Howard Taylor.

Each and every week Brandon and the gang discuss varied topics on the craft of writing fiction. I end up listening two or three times to catch everything I may have missed. You can only get better as an author by listening and laughing with them too.

For something a little more… I suggest checking out this link to Brandson Sanderson’s 2016 Creative Writing Class. All of the classes from the semester have been recorded in HD. From creation of your ideas, to plot and characters, and the business of writing. You can also find the lectures at

For those of you who just want to dive right into writing your novel may I suggest participating in NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month takes place every November. Their website is community based and can help you link up with other authors in your area, help you keep track of your word goals, give you pep talks by published authors, and much more.

If you want to write but need a writing prompt, check out This website has 1001 genre based writing prompts for you to choose from.

If what are looking for isn’t here, check out This link has over 150 writing resources for authors of almost any genre. Everything from writing prompts, to plots, to self publishing this list might help you out.


Writing Advice from me, the Arcane Gearsmith…

Although I am not a published author yet, I still have valuable advice to offer about writing.

First of all, write. If you want to write it takes time to learn the craft. You have to make the time to write. Yes, life will always have distractions. There will always be something to do. Something to watch. Something to clean. Some errand to run. Family obligations. Life happens, and I more than anyone else get that. But by carving out the time to write it allows to you to start working on your writing. Whether it is fifteen minutes on your break at work, or a predetermined chink of time every day, that time is for you to learn and grow.

Second, figure out how you like to write. Do you use a laptop while sitting on the couch? Do you use a typewriter at a desk? Do you use your cell phone? Maybe you prefer pen and paper. Maybe you do a combination of these.

Me? Hell I’m still figuring it out. But after 25 years of trial and error, I know a few things. Despite all the technology we have now, I still like to doodle and scratch ideas down on a sheet of graph paper. In fact a lot of my recent short stories lately are drafted this way. I use a pen. No erasing. If I don’t like the line I wrote I just draw a line through it and keep writing. Any mistakes can be fixed when I type it into my iPhone, iPad, or computer.

I use a writing program called Scrivener, it is available on Windows, MacOS, and iOS (iPhones and iPads). I can sync my writing via an online storage site called Dropbox. I can update Dropbox from one device and move to another. These programs work almost flawlessly. I have used Scrivener for years, but Scrivener for iOS wasn’t available until late 2016. It allows you to organize your project however you want, keep pictures, notes, and other research all in the same file, accessible from any of my devices.

Enjoy what you write. Don’t think about selling your work, write stories that you like to read. If you are enjoying your stories, readers will too.

This is a continual work in progress. I will update and change the information often.