Someone asked about Scrivener the other day, which is one of my favorite programs. They wanted to know if it was good to use for longform news articles. And it is.
But it got me thinking that the program – which is heavy-duty story outlining and structuring software – can be used for shorter stories, including audio and visual scripts. I went back into my files and found a story I worked with students on where we built a script using Scrivener.
First: Scrivener is a powerful outlining and compilation program. You can use it to organize a novel, a magazine article, a legal brief. It’s so powerful that I don’t think most people scratch the surface of what it does; they use it to form chapters, move stuff around and write. Every student that I’ve shown it to as an organizational tool thinks it’s amazing. It’s especially useful if you think in stories in terms of modules.