Okay, I have to be honest…I am behind in my work on the manuscript. Over the weekend, I downloaded a new tool called “Scrivener” that is designed with writers in mind. I have heard many great things about it’s usefulness in helping to keep the writing organized in segments that be switched back and forth. One of the features that I am most interested in is the ability to create something called “character sheets”, where the personality and points of interest for each character can be recorded.

The tutorial for using the program is fairly in depth, and there are several features that I am unfamiliar with, so I spent the majority of the weekend studying and practicing these tools. I would not call myself a master of the program just yet, but I am learning something new (and hopefully useful) in my trade.

A long time ago I read a piece of advice from a very successful author regarding the investment into your chosen career or trade. It was said that continuing to expand your knowledge and skills in whatever you do, will almost always pay its own rewards in the long run. It is considered one of the wisest investments a person can make. In the same way that a world class athlete must continuously train and workout, in order to build and maintain strength and endurance, a writer must continuously sharpen and hone their writing skills, to excel at their craft.

The old saying, “practice makes perfect” comes to mind. But in addition to the practice aspect, since the world of writing is an ever-changing field, one must endeavor to study and learn new techniques and methods, including using new tools and technology.

As I’ve stated in earlier posts, when it comes to technology, I am often lacking in skills. However, I believe strongly that it is necessary to overcome that lack of knowledge, through time, effort, and practice. Therefore, even though it may have slowed my writing temporarily, I will continue to study and learn, eventually mastering the use of this new tool, and incorporating it into my writer’s portfolio.

As an artist, whether is be a painter, writer, singer, dancer, etc. what are some ways you invest in your craft and yourself? Do you have any tips or advice to beginners in your particular field of interest? Please share your answers in the comments section.

Have a great Monday, and write on! – Amber Lea

P.S. – In honor of NaNoWriMo, a free trial offer for Scrivener is available for the month of November, so make sure to check it out.

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