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Posts by Viviane

Using Scrivener in research, part 1

I’ve known about Scrivener for more than four years. In fact, this application is one of the reasons why I switched to Mac and bought a MacBook in the fall of 2008. Scrivener is an application that was developed to help writers with their projects. Initially created for fiction writers (and Mac users!), it has also since then been adopted by non-fiction writers, journalists and researchers alike… and is now available for Windows too. My first experiences with Scrivener were in developing ideas for short stories. But the more I played with the software, the more I became convinced that it would make a great research tool. I’ve tried to use it in research projects before, but I never used it from the beginning of a project… until recently. Some weeks ago, I started a new research project and I decided that this would be the occasion I was waiting for. I also decided that I would share my experience with you over the next months. Read more

Beautiful libraries and bookstores

I love libraries. I used to spend a lot of time working at libraries – I even had a job at my public library when I was an undergrad! Nowadays, I do most of my work from my office or from home, but I still try to go work in a library setting once in a while. My office is very close to the Grande Bibliothèque – the national library of Québec, and it’s an amazing place to read or work. Maybe someday I’ll devote a post to this library… but in the meantime, here are pictures of other very cool libraries and bookstores found around the world. Enjoy!

10 Laws of Productivity

Interesting productivity tips from 99U, a web magazine destined to creative professionals. They’ve identified a series of laws based on routines and practices of people they call “serial idea executors”. Many of these tips can apply to writers – and some even come from writers such as Haruki Murakami. Here are the rules – read the full post on 99U.

  1. Break the seal of hesitation
  2. Start small
  3. Prototype, prototype, prototype
  4. Create simple objectives for projects, and revisit them regularly
  5. Work on your project a little bit each day
  6. Develop a routine
  7. Break big, long-term projects into smaller chinks or “phases”
  8. Prune away superfluous meetings (and their attendees)
  9. Practice saying “no”
  10. Remember that rules – even productivity rules – are made to be broken

10 Laws of Productivity :: Tips :: 99U.

Umschreibung (“rewriting”), by Olafur Eliasson

Sculpture in Munich, Germany. A beautiful photo taken by Philipp Klinger (found on Flickr)

write, by delgrosso

Write, by delgrosso

write | Flickr