How to Use Scapple

Starting a Project Scapple starts you with a clean, blank page full of possibilities (or crippling anxiety, your choice). Whether a plotter or pantser, you can start right in with Scapple, plan or no plan. One Note Double-click anywhere on the screen and a text box will appear. Type whatever data you need, have, wish …

Book 19 Less

Less by Andrew Sean Greer fulfills the category “Book with an Upside-Down Image on the Cover” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. The cover has our hero, Less, plummeting from the sky while writing and wearing his iconic suit. The novels won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 2018. A satirical comedy about being a …

Scapple: Graphic Organizer

Scapple is an easy to use graphic organizer, flow chart maker. It is brought to you by Literature and Latte, the same developer as Scrivener. The program will throw you back to your elementary school days when the teacher asked you to brainstorm an idea or map a story. It’s the same thing, but for …

Book 18 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley fulfills the category “Book with a Bird on the Cover” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. The cover is a muted green featuring a dead Jack snipe bird with a stamp on his beak. The novel is a cozy mystery featuring amateur detective Flavia …

DIY Book Cover Graphics 3D Mockups

A free tool From DIY Book Covers  (https://diybookcovers.com/) One of my fellow writers showed me this website. It’s been wonderful for making mockup graphics for my website, social media banners, and ads. It’s a super easy process. https://diybookcovers.com/3Dmockups/ 1.                  Pick either single or composite picture.                2.                  Hit Next. 3.                  Upload your cover from your …

Book 17 The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks fulfilled the “Book with More Than Twenty Letters in Its Title” category of the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. In fact, it has fifty-one letters. And that’s the best thing I can say about the book. We all know I’m …

Ideas for Using Canva

OMG, what can’t you do with this app? Seriously, with the graphics and fonts available just in the free version, the possibilities are endless. Here’s a list of templates available in the free version: (Scroll down for ideas.) Social Media Animated Social Media Google+ Header Tumblr Banner Blog Banner Instagram Post Tumblr Graphic Blog Graphic …

Book 16 The Host

The Host by Stephenie Meyer fulfills the “Book with a Main Character in their Twenties” category for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. Wanda, the symbiont, is well over a hundred, but the body she inhabits, Melanie, is twenty-one years old. I’ve used quite a few Young Adult books on the blog. I’m sorry if that’s …

How to Use Canva

Canva has a wide variety of graphics to pick from, including logos, email headers, Facebook ad, Facebook post, Instagram post, Esty shop icon, flyer, poster, business card, resume, brochure, book cover, newsletter, postcard, and more. Each item has a list of templates to choose from. All templates are free and many of the graphics, but …

Book 15 Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones fulfills the category “Book with a Great First Line” in the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. The first line of the novel is “In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the …