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Scrivener for iOS - It's Finally Here!

Scrivener for iOS - It's Finally Here!

THIS IS NOT what I had planned to blog about this week, nor had I planned to be out of town for the weekend without my laptop, which I usually drag with me if I'm going to be away from home overnight. So, the release of Scrivener for iOS this week couldn't have come at a better time. If you don't know what Scrivener is, you might want to jump over and read my 2013 post about it. If you already use Scrivener, you know it’s the best writer’s tool to come along since the invention of the word processor. However, until now,[...]
A New Look

A New Look

If you've wondered why Writing Through Life has been unusually quiet this last month, it's been because I've been working hard to finalize and get the new website up and running. And today, I'm proud to present the new WritingThroughLife.com site, fully mobile-responsive, and with a new look and feel. If you're receiving this post via email, please jump on over to the site and take a look. I think you'll like the change! You'll notice the new home page right away, with a new menu, large banner, and featured pages icons above the fold. I've added new "About," "Books," and "Services" pages, as well. Beneath the fold on the home[...]
10 Journaling Prompts for Your Summer Vacation

10 Journaling Prompts for Your Summer Vacation

SUMMER is a great time to journal, and summer vacation provides more time for writing as well as opportunities for new experiences, observation, and reflection. Whether your vacation is a month-long excursion to an exotic location, a staycation, or camping with family, these prompts will provide new ways to think and write about your summer. What type of vacation did you choose this year? What values influenced your decision? For example, did a desire for adventure lead you to a particular activity, did you travel back home this year because family connections are important, or did you seek out a[...]
An Editorial Rant - The Singular “Their” and “They"

An Editorial Rant - The Singular “Their” and “They"

USE OF the singular "their" and "they" drives me nuts. There. I said it. In case you don’t what I’m talking about, here’s an example: Someone left their mess in the kitchen. They should clean it up. Here’s another: Everyone knows they should tell the truth.  The rule is pretty simple: Use a singular pronoun with a singular antecedent and a plural pronoun with a plural antecedent. (An antecedent is just a previous reference.) So, it’s: people/they; everyone/he or everyone/she. I know, I know...it’s common practice to use “they” in situations like those. It’s also not a new practice. It has been used by many famous[...]
Writer with a Day Job — 100 Words a Day

Writer with a Day Job — 100 Words a Day

MOST WRITERS have day jobs. That’s a fact. There are those who begin writing in earnest after retirement or who are fortunate enough to be supported by other means or who manage to carve out a writing career when they are young, but these are the minority. A quick web search reveals a long list of classic and contemporary authors with day jobs. Some of these (not in any particular order): William Burroughs (exterminator) Virginia Woolf (publisher) Agatha Christie (apothecaries’ assistant) Frank McCourt (teacher) Toni Morrison (editor & teacher) Charles Dickens (factory worker) Robert Frost (teacher) James Joyce (cinema operator) Franz[...]