Odds are, you’ve heard of Scrivener, even if you haven’t tried it. You’ve probably also read the late Blake Snyder‘s classic guide for writers, SAVE THE CAT. RU’s tech wizard Pat Haggerty shares his unique perspective on the two at Romance University today.
In a project of any length you’ll probably need to make notes along the way: things to look up or consider, little reminders, thoughts etc. Scrivener provides two ways to do this: Document Notes and Project Notes.
Both types of note are visible in the lower half of the Inspector pane. By default, when selecting an individual document in the Binder the Document Notes option is open, clearly distinguished by its yellow background – a bit like a sticky note, see? So if your note relates to this particular document, type it here. Great.
But things can get complicated.
more here - via Scrivener tip (Mac) – Project & Document Notes | Martin Sketchley.
I’m currently writing a short booklet on … well, writing. After doing the outline with Circus Ponies Notebook I’m using Scrivener to write the text itself (find out why it is way, way better than Word in this posting).
Unfortunately, Scrivener started to hang during the “Compile” – “Converting file format …” when I wanted to check whether the references I added with Papers 2 did work. Given that there were some other problems (e.g., some templates had missing images in the dialog box) and a restart did not work, I downloaded the program again and reinstalled it.
So far, it seems to work well — and it serves as a nice reminder that:
working with digital media, no matter how fast and how far we can go beyond what our bodies came wit, is always prone to errors (i.e., make backups and keep the old backups to have a fallback if the data is not only lost but corrupted)
it’s always helpful to have the installation files handy, in case something happens to your installation.
And yes, the references with Papers 2 seem to work, but that is something for another posting.
Today we’re going to talk about a writing tool that changed the way I write (and maybe even my life):
SCRIVENER (!!!) Keep in mind when I talk about Scrivener, I’m only referring to how I use it to produce my novels. There are lots of other options – Non-Fiction, Scriptwriting, Poetry and Lyrics – but I am unfamiliar with those steps. I’m in no way an affiliate, either – strictly a fiction indie author who highly recommends this program to interested writers.
Now, for today’s lesson, I’m using screenshots I took of my second book, Witch Hearts, as well as a shot of the upcoming second Donovan Circus book. (No spoilers.) Keep in mind in mind these are notes for your own reference, so you can put in whatever information you want; readers aren’t going to see this show up in your published books.
One of the greatest benefits [of Scrivener] … is the ability to compile the book into an ebook without having to export to another program. I’ve read enough horror stories to know people have a hell of a time changing a writing document into the ebook format (.mobi, .epub, etc.), and was really glad I didn’t have to go through all that trouble when I bought Scrivener.
As many of you know, I absolutely love Scrivener, which is in many ways so much more than a word processor. If you are a do-it-yourself publisher and just want to publish a book through iTunes, you will need a couple of things first:
1. An iTunes sales account. Sign up here.
2. Scrivener for Mac or for PC – note, this tutorial is for the Mac version, but the PC version is not much different.
3. iBook Author and iTunes Producer. Both are free apps/programs, however, there are not currently PC versions of these programs, so as I type this post this tutorial will only be for Mac. My apologies to my PC friends. PC users will have to create a stripped down Word version that can then be uploaded to Smashwords and then people can buy your book or get it for free, your choice from Smashwords. For more information about uploading to Smashwords so that customers with iPads and iPhones can read your book, check this site.
4. An ISBN number. There are a couple of options here:
Back in June, I published several posts on my experience with Scrivener (here, here, here, and here). At that time, I was still in my trial period phase with Scrivener and mostly I had imported a small project and done some tinkering.
Since then, I’ve purchased Scrivener and done several full-length projects, including some novellas, short stories, and novelettes. And I’ve come to a couple of conclusions.
I’d heard a lot about Scrivener, mostly that it’s a brilliant, flexible package for writers and authors to help manage the creative process from start to finish, keep all notes and research ideas grouped together and let the creative juices start flowing.
So I dived and gave it a try.
If you’re working on any material, from books to screenplay and feel frustrated with Word or whatever software you’re using [maybe OneNote to keep your bits and bobs handy] you have just got to move over to Scrivener.
I’m in love. And it isn’t even Valentine’s Day.
About a year and a half ago–just after the birth of my second kiddo–I did something unexpected. I bought a writing program. I’m not even 100% sure how I found out about it. Although I think I may have heard about it from Robert K. Lewis. And his recommendations have never steered me wrong. Seriously. He’s the man.
Anyway, I was having troubles keeping my head straight and dealing with all these pieces in a complex manuscript I was working on. It felt like all the time I spent on my manuscript was me trying to make heads or tails of it, figuring out where I had left off, remembering what happened when, to whom, and where, who was doing what, what happened first, and basically spending my time “getting into it.”
So, I bought Scrivener* for something like $40. Then I spent about 2 precious hours that I didn’t have on taking their free tutorial.
I made that time up within a week.
Best time and money spent.
Today I’m writing about Scrivener, an enhanced word processor from the folks at Literature and Latte. If Things is an important part of my daily workflow, Scrivener is essential. In fact, more than any other program Scrivener ensures my loyalty to the Mac platform and helps me quash my desire for a netbook (I’ve yet to find a comparable composition tool for Windows or Linux, but please let me know in the comments if I’ve missed one). I don’t remember how I wrote before discovering it, and I can’t imagine writing without it.