When you are first starting out writing a novel and are not set in your ways, you tend to look closely at how other writers ply their craft. This includes how they structure their novels and what software programs they use. Every writer is different and we all have our own way of doing things. The only way you are going to discover what works for you is to try the methods that others use and see if you like them.
For this post I’m showing screen shots of my actual Work In Progress (WIP), the Space Opera novel, Starveyors. There may be spoilers in the images. If you are a reader and don’t want to have the story ruined for you, perhaps you should skip this post. I’ll do my best to not show critical moments, but if you study these images, you could glean quite a bit about the story. You have been warned.
via How I Use Scrivener to Write a Novel Part One – |.
This post is part of the Scrivener series.
It’s no secret around here that I’m a huge fan of Scrivener, the #1 tool for writing. I’ve used it for two novels, six nonfiction books, and even for quickly formatting copied text to generate personal-use PDFs.
Still, I get questions all the time about what it really does that Word or Pages can’t handle.
There’s no easy answer.
However, I wanted to write a post that would provide the “pre-user” a good starting point for comparing Scrivener to their current writing tool of choice, to help people decide if it in fact would benefit their workflow.
After all, Scrivener isn’t free. It’s around $45, available on Mac and PC, and can be compiled to Linux, and iPhone and iPad versions might be in the works. Since it’s a “premium” app, there’s usually plenty of hesitation surrounding it when I mention it on the blog.
That makes sense, and if you haven’t yet tried the free trial, the only other way to “get a feel for it” is through a detailed, complete walkthrough. And that’s what I’m intending to do here!
via Scrivener: An Introduction to Novel Writing.
My first novel, slated for publication with David C. Cook in early 2014, involved hours and reams of research. I researched everything from fossils, to barbeque restaurants, the history of Haiti, pecan recipes, and more. I organized text and web links and photos into dozens of Word documents, which I then had to flip open and closed while writing and editing each chapter. Sometimes, I didn’t have enough research on a topic, so in addition to all the Word documents, I opened three or four internet screens, and flipped back and forth between those and my chapters, too.
At the time, I didn’t know any better, so I never lamented the process. However, I marvel at how I ever kept my sanity now that I’ve found Scrivener, a software program for writers of any genre.
via The Writers Alley: Beyond Sticky Notes: A review of Scrivener for writers.
This is the second part of my two part blog post on using Scrivener to write a novel. I covered some useful things in part one, so if you haven’t read that yet you might want to, it has a nicer introduction.
via How I Use Scrivener to Write a Novel Part Two – KEN McCONNELL | KEN McCONNELL.
I have been using Scrivener for Windows for nearly a year now. I first heard of the beta program through David Hewson’s blog and joined straight away to discover the best ever tool for writing. Up until a few days ago, I thought I had a fairly good grasp of how the basics worked – well, enough to have completed the first draft of my novel anyway.
However, a few days ago I bought and read David Hewson’s Writing a Novel with Scrivener and discovered that I didn’t really know much at all.
via Book Review: Writing a Novel with Scrivener by David Hewson « Laydilejur: Books and Stuff….