When the first version of Scrivener for Windows came out in 2011, I put off following up on it because I was busy, and because it was the first version, but last fall I decided to take the plunge. Even though I’ve only scratched the surface, I’m glad I did. I have always been a very linear writer, and I think that’s largely because of the structure imposed by a novel-length file in any word processing program. Scrivener breaks a project into manageable pieces, and lets you work on them in any order without losing control of the whole. The option of jumping easily from one section (or scene) to another is one of the features I am fast coming to love in Scrivener.
Scrivener is a great place to stash your ideas for writing projects along with the bits and pieces associated with them. You might have a folder just for brainstorming project ideas. When you’re ready to develop that idea a bit more, move it into its own folder. At this point, you might want to give it a folder in Research too. Once you’ve decided you want to carry this idea forward, create a project for it and move your notes to it.
Back in November, I wrote about how you can import mindmaps into Scrivener and how simple the process was. Today, I take a look at exporting a text file.