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.
I like to read and write but I also like pictures. I use Scrivener for the vast majority of my writing (obviously, why wouldn’t you), but never really got on with the Corkboard facility. It’s a visual representation of the structure you’ve created for your work, showing chapter headings, scenes etc. In the words of the people who make the software:
Each document in a Scrivener project is associated with a synopsis, which can be viewed as an index card on the corkboard or as a row in the outliner. Using Scrivener’s virtual corkboard, you can get an overview of your project and rearrange the documents using their synopses only.
But, that never fully worked for me. When dealing with synopses I want to tinker, so generally I would go into the Inspector as it was easier. It was the overview element that I struggled with. Yes, it showed me the synopses and if I read them I could get a feel for the story, but I wanted a bit more detail. For me, visualising the story at the same time as seeing where I was at was important. I like to see multiple dimensions at the same time. More than one reference point means I have something to think about rather than just look at.
The corkboard can be accessed by clicking the middle icon above
So, wanted to get a view of how the work was going as well. In particular what was the status of each scene? The project manager in me was struggling to get a helicopter view of how I was doing. What required rework, and what could I ignore for now until I’d completed the chapter/book?
more here – Scrivener | Not a natural writer….
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.