An update to my most favorite writing software for Macs is now available from the fine folks at Literature & Latte. You can get Scrivener 3 today for $45, or for only $25 as an upgrade. (I love this software so much that I went ahead and paid the new-user price for it to help support its continued development!)
I'm fairly pathetic when it comes to developing character names, especially for my fantasy stories. I like to use names that sound fantasy-ish, but yet are not some sort of random agglomeration of letters. Unfortunately, this is precisely what many "fantasy" name generators do. My writing software of choice, Scrivener, has a built-in name generator. (Mac friends: you can find it under "Edit-->Writing Tools.")
Earlier this year, I wrote a post about using the writing program, Scrivener, on an 11-inch MacBook Air using a three-panel layout. A few months after I wrote that post, however, I changed my layout so that the Corkboard controls the content of the middle document panel. Yet when I recently answered some questions about my old layout, I discovered that I couldn't quite recall how I'd managed to get my new layout working as it does. It took me a surprisingly long time to figure out how to re-create it, so I thought it might be helpful to describe the process in case it helps someone else. Thus, without further ado, here is a step-by-step tutorial for setting up the following three-panel layout using Scrivener 2.4.1.
I've been a fan of the writing program, Scrivener, for a number of years. I first used the Windows version back when it was in beta, but I then purchased the Mac version when I got a new computer. There's so much you can do with Scrivener to help you organize and write--so much so, in fact, that managing screen real estate can become a real issue if you want to take advantage of more than just the basic features. Therefore, I thought I'd show you how I use Scrivener on a small laptop--specifically, on an 11-inch MacBook Air. The screenshots below are from my ongoing project, Secrets of the Conclave, a fantasy serial published over at JukePop Serials. I am using Mac OS Mountain Lion (10.8.2).