With the weekend being just around the corner, I know your attention span is probably as limited as mine is. *grin* But, try to keep focused as we discuss these two word processors available for writers on the market today (ones I’ve personally used). I’m also gonna tell you about something awesome that was on Flipboard this past weekend. Stay with me!
I discovered Scrivener several years ago, around the time I was starting and running a small video production business. I was looking for an inexpensive but powerful screenwriting tool for my newly acquired MacBook. I was pretty new to Mac, and was coming out of a world of abundantly free and/or cheap software for Windows. I wasn’t sure how to find the equivalent on the Mac at that time, and it was making me nervous.
more here - Short-changing Scrivener — Kevin Tumlinson.
I’ve had Scrivener for awhile now but haven’t fully utilized its potential. It’s like having a Porsche and just using it to run errands down the street. There’s a lot of power under the hood that I have to figure out how to exploit.
I’m always searching for different templates to help me organize my story and I found a really great one on Carole Norrrington’s site. Hats off to her, this template is very thorough. This is how she describes it:
“The Outliner is set up like a virtual workbook to help you develop and refine your story. You don’t have to work through it in order, although the order presented is logical. You can start with the basic plot structure / situation. You can start with the main character. Or you can start with the themes, ideas, and inspirational nuggets. You can even just start by pantsing it.”
Haven’t heard of Scrivener? Neither had I until I competed in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2012 when I received the discount on the program. And I thought, Why not? So downloaded the free trial, decided I liked it, and bought it. It’s a wonderful writing program that I highly recommend to writers — it’s especially useful for editing. Scrivener isn’t necessarily for everyone, but I personally find it very useful.
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Funnily enough, I still use Word Document quite a bit (mainly to write my first drafts) and I’ll rewrite and/or edit in Scrivener.
Now let’s take a look at a few of the features that this program offers — and how it can better you.
Scrivener is a writers’ application, available for Mac and PC, that goes way beyond word processing. It’s a project management tool that lets you collect and store research material. It’s an organizing dream in which you can outline first and write paragraphs later or write paragraphs first and structure their flow later.
Let me walk you through my process to show you how I use Scrivener to write a health column…
Isn’t Scrivener just the best writing app in the world? It is so versatile and reasonably priced. Many different sorts of writers use it for lots of kinds of work. Personally, I’ve got the start of a Young Adult (YA) novel on the go, using the standard novel template that comes with Scrivener. But what I really love to write are children’s picture books. Scrivener doesn’t come with a picture book template and I couldn’t find one online, so I made my own which I’m happy to share with you…
There’s an app that lets me use my iPad and iPhone in conjunction with Scrivener. It’s called StorySkeleton, and it’s growing my words.
Using StorySkeleton, I’ve experienced a noticeable increase in my ability to write—specifically in using brainstorming and plotting in order to move my writing forward. And I want to share what I know about using StorySkeleton with Scrivener.
StorySkeleton is mind mapping for writers, and it’s making my smart phone smarter.
As the name implies, it’s a cork-board type app that lets me create plot or sketch in character in skeletal fashion. It runs on iOS 7 devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch), comes with an easy-reader tutorial. Best of all, it syncs with Scrivener and other word processing software through its export/import function using DropBox or email.