Sometimes I think there are two types of writers in this world: those who have discovered Scrivener and those who still write on papyrus. Just kidding; I am no writing snob. I’m definitely attached to my notebook and pen, but there’s no doubt that Scrivener has changed the way I work and write.
So Tim recently suggested that I try out this new writing program that he had been working on to write his technical book. It’s called Scrivener and it was recently ported to Windows OS. I was, at first, highly skeptical. I had been writing using WordPress and Word Documents for years. Almost two decades, in fact, when it came to Word Documents. I wasn’t ready for this kind of change! But I downloaded the free trial anyway, completely prepared to hate it.
I entered the National Novel Writing Month ( NaNoWriMo) for the first time in 2009 and that’s when I heard fellow participants speak of Scrivener. I had no idea what it meant. Some cursory research led me to understand that it was a kind of ” content generation tool” for writers. To be honest, I didn’t explore this any further for two reasons. I feared it would be too complex for me to use and too expensive for me to afford. I was then deeply engrossed in writing my debut novel, “It Can’t Be You” anyway and my focus was more on thinking through a plot, fleshing out characters and the like. I did all of this in the only way I knew, using Microsoft Word.As the years went by, I did use other software like YWriter and Dark Room to aid in my writing. Scrivener was still not on my radar. I wish it had been but there’s no point crying over spilt milk as the old adage goes. I didn’t and continued to struggle with Word. The biggest difficulty I found in Word was in editing. Some of the problems I faced were:
- Figuring out whether some parts had been repeated. This is a nightmare if your novel is 80,000 + words in length. You suspect you have come across a particular passage more than once but are not sure where. It’s hell to find out where you goofed. It’s worse when you realize it has happened on multiple occasions in the course of editing.
- Moving chunks of material from one place to another. If I felt a few paragraphs were more appropriate in Page 23 rather than in their present location at Page 123, I had to do some very careful “cutting and pasting.” If I got this wrong, it resulted in frustrating re-work.
- It was unwieldy to work with one huge document or even a series of documents which had your bits of research, material for characters, thoughts and stray ideas which needed more exploring and the like.
more here - Getting to Scrivener At Last! | Prem Rao.
Where do these precious minutes go, the rich details of your travel life that warm your soul and nourish the fire for your next trip? When a fistful of napkins won’t cut it, most of us turn to Microsoft Word or our good friend, Gmail. But no longer is Word the forerunner in the writing game.
The newest kid on the block is Scrivener.
Scrivener is a writer’s program and advanced word processor that makes writing a breeze. Will it make you the next Hemingway? Probably not, but will it keep all your pieces of brilliance organized and at the ready? Absolutely. Think of it as Photoshop for your words.
more here - Review: Scrivener for Travelers.
Working in Scrivener at first feels like a huge hassle, as you have far too much settings. And at the end of the day, I am not sure that I need all these features. But on the other hand it is interesting and refreshing playing around with the new application. The feature that inspired me to write in Scrivener are compelling statistics of the word count across the board. This way I can follow my progress as a writer in 2014, and make the impossible – possible. Scientifically approaching my career as a writer, blogger and magazine editor.
Jamie Todd Rubin is a person that made quite significant impact on my approach to writing. Not sure how he comes up with all these blog posts, as well as write tons of science fiction, but if he does it, there should be no problem me achieving the same. Does that person have a day job? Not sure how to spend more time writing if I am commuting, and wasting time in that area of my life.
The more I write in Scrivener, the bigger desire I have to modify the visuals of the screen, but the complexity of the settings prevents me in doing this. The app has far too much options for a regular writer to tend to. This is the reason why I always prefer Byword. Byword doesn’t make writing complicated. It gives me the free page, and let’s me focus on what matters the most. But these are settings, and I should be a power user of my tools, and sort them out the way they are supposed to be used.
But somewhere along the line, I am still on the fence with going forward with Scrivener, and here are the pro’s and con’s of what is keeping me on the fence about it.
I just submitted an application to the NSF DDIG*. It’s a big grant and a big deal and getting it in makes me a very happy camper. I had already done a lot of writing for it in Word, which is where I had done all my grant writing previously. But I was feeling a definite need for a Fresh Start, and so I downloaded a trial version of Scrivener** so I could stare at a new kind of blank page.
I had heard that Scrivener is a pretty impressive writing management system from novelists and other academics. They were correct.
more here - Scrivener: a grad student review | Sam Grace.
Scrivener is a piece of software that’s been designed with writers in mind and includes a number of features many will find invaluable. If you like to write on the go, but don’t want to lug around bundles of paper and books bristling with post-it notes, then Scrivener could be for you.
Alternatively, you may be a discovery writer (or pantser) who secretly wishes they could organise their writing. Or you may just be an outliner who wants one software package with the planning benefits of Excel and the writer-friendly features of Word, in one place – that’s Scrivener.
I started using Scrivener for my WIP, after I finished draft one in April 2013. I edited the paper manuscript and then transferred the remaining scenes into Scrivener, ready to start draft 2. So, nearly one year on, here are my thoughts on the pros and cons of Scrivener.
The lure of Scrivener has tempted me for far too long. I hear everyone raving about it and since I don’t write in any sort of an order when it comes to my longer projects I can see this being a valuable tool for me. Since I had a 50% off coupon for completing NaNoWriMo last November I decided now was a good time to buy it. And with the money I saved I purchased Scrapple too.
more here - Another new venture | L.M. Brown.
I’ve been blogging since I was fourteen and over these past five years I have seen a lot of different pieces of writing software. I’ve gone from libreoffice to microsoft word and even to good old fashioned paper. Over the past few weeks I’ve been seeing Tommy Collison saying some rather good things about an application called Scrivener. I took a look at it and decided to give the free trial a go, not expecting much as i’ve been through nearly hundreds of writing applications over the years and I always ended up back at Microsoft Word. But this was different. I was hooked straight away and even though I had another twenty-nine days left in the free trial I decided to buy it there and then. Since buying Scrivener i’ve swapped everything over and I now use it for writing everything. I use it for notes, blog posts, presentation layouts and obviously, my novel. But here’s five reasons why I switched everything to Scrivener.
more here - 5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener / Dylan Varian.
‘Writing a novel’ seems to be one of the default items on most people’s wish-lists. Most never start it, and most of those who start it never finish it, but if you want to make a serious attempt, using Scrivener would definitely be the biggest favor you could do yourself.
I must admit that the idea of specific software for creative writing stuck me as on odd one when I first encountered it. What’s wrong with Pages or Word? It was only once I tried it for myself that I understood.
What Scrivener does is bring together in one place all the resources you are likely to need to plan, research, write and either submit or self-publish a novel. Outlines, pen-portraits of characters, web pages, photos, notes, PDFs … absolute anything and everything that might help you create your opus magnum is right there all within a single app …
The app is currently available for OS X (with a much-lagged version available for Windows), and there’s an iOS version in the works. I refer to it as an app for novelists, as that’s probably the most common usage, but it can be used for anything from a college thesis to a screenplay.