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.
…the programmer in me cringes every time I find myself repeating a certain action. I move something on the whiteboard, and then go into my writing software and move the scene. It violates the DRY principle: Don’t Repeat Yourself. I believe this holds up as well in writing as it does in programming. If you’re going to do something, do it once and only once. So I looked for a way to get my writing software (the fabulous Scrivener by Literature & Latte) to take the place of my equivalent of Emma Darwin’s novel-planning grid or Alex Sokoloff’s whiteboard and Post-it notes.
more here » Story Structure in Scrivener AG Daws.
Do you want to write faster?
Wish you could keep everything associated with your writing in one easy-to-access place that’s portable and searchable?
Consider giving Scrivener a try. Scrivener is writing software—with versions for both Mac and Windows—that’s customizable to the way you work.
When a friend recommended Scrivener to me several years ago, I wondered what it could possibly do that my standard word processor couldn’t. Boy, was I shocked! Happily so. I bought the software immediately and haven’t looked back.
more here – How to Write Faster and Get Organized with Scrivener.
This is the first entry in what will be an ongoing series on “The Tools of the Trade.” You can produce good writing with a stick and some sand, but it’s so much easier to write – and most of all, to revise – using the right tools that you’d be a fool to ignore the wealth of gadgets we are fortunate enough to have at our disposal these days.
I am kicking this series off with an entry on the program at the heart of my writing workflow: Scrivener. This entry is neither a beginner’s manual nor a definitive guide to Scrivener’s features. Rather, I simply highlight a few of the key features which have 1) simplified my workflow, thus freeing up mental energy to think and write, and 2) helped me to see the key themes of major writing projects as they begin to take shape.
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.
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.
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.
Scrivener is an application designed and developed to help users write and organize large projects. I first started using it about a year ago when embarking on my own large project, and now I use it for almost all of my word processing needs. It helps me get words on the page, and I find it a useful alternative to Microsoft Word (though sadly it’s not a complete replacement – more on that at the end of this post). I’ve thought about five things that Scrivener does for me that it perhaps can do for you also.
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.
My writing coach told me about Scrivener. It is made by Literature and Latte. It is a great tool for writers of all types. I am using it to transform my book outline into a manuscript. Scrivener is a flexible tool and you can start with an outline, or just jump in and start writing. Without any instruction, I got going in less than five minutes. I am a long time user of Microsoft Word, InDesign and other document creation tools, so I am relatively fearless when it comes to software and putting it through its paces.