Today, I only write in Scrivener. It’s a delightful piece of software – you can find it at http://www.literatureandlatte.com. The true beauty of Scrivener, in my opinion, is its warmth and ability to adapt to your needs. It features a full suite of word processing and content creation tools. You can storyboard your ideas on Scrivener’s cork board feature – which allows you to easily lay your ideas out and then click and drag them, shuffle their order until they make sense, and then use them to build out your stories. You can create document notes and take snapshots of drafts before editing them. It allows you to easily restore your previous work should a potential rewrite fail miserably – all without having to create folders and folders full of Word document files.
more here - The Skewed View: Scrivener.
Writing projects such as screenplay, novel and business-related papers takes a long time. Commonly, writers use Microsoft Word to finish their projects. However, Word has limitations even if it has legacy features and undergoes continual refinement. With this in mind, the developers from Literature and Latte created Scrivener 2.
What is Scrivener 2 and how does it work?
It is the better version of Scrivener. It is a word processor that is more refined, simple and versatile. The tool works by allowing users to collect research sources. It also allows users to create, manipulate and compile chunks and fragments of texts to produce a cohesive manuscript. The best thing about it is that it supports different types of file format such as the traditional PDF or Word document and the more exotic ones like ePub, Final Draft (this is used for scripts) and MultiMarkdown.
more here - Scrivener 2: A Useful Tool for Writers and Researchers.
When I was studying at uni a whole decade ago, the computers on campus were all Macs. I really don’t believe it could have been possible for me to hate the accursed things more than I did. Oh, how I despised those bloody Macs. You’d be halfway through an assignment, and then you’d get that little spinning rainbow circle of death, and the whole thing would lock up. And unlike normal PCs, I knew none of the tricks to fix them, and I felt utterly powerless.
Fast forward a decade, and I couldn’t live without my Mac. I certainly couldn’t write without it.
I know, I know- that’s quite the rash statement to make, isn’t it? But it would be difficult for me to measure the amount of difference my Mac has made to my writing output in the last couple of years. I just know it’s been huge.
The biggest factor in that has been the fabulous, wonderful, magical writing program that is only available on Mac- Scrivener.
via All the World’s Our Page: Scrivener love.
In February of this year I was introduced to a software writing program called Scrivener. A fellow writer, who is as Attention Deficit as I am, said the program has been instrumental in helping him keep his novel organized. I was already 2/3 of the way through my own novel The Witches of Dark Root, but the plot was getting deeper and more complex than I had originally anticipated. My friend assured me that Scrivener would keep me on track, especially if I planned to write sequels (which I did), so I gave it a try. My only regret now is that I I hadn’t written my entire book using this program.
Here are the top ten reasons I love Scrivener.
more here - The Top Ten Reasons I Love Scrivener.
Scapple isn’t a spelling mistake for that Pennsylvania Dutch concoction made with pork scraps, corn meal, flour and spices.
In fact, scapple is actually a word meaning to work roughly, or shape without finishing.
It’s also the name of a dynamite new mind mapping program from Literature and Latte, the folks who brought the Mac world Scrivner.
Mind mapping isn’t exactly a new category of software and the folks at L&L aren’t me-too types, so you know they wouldn’t try their hand at this kind of software if they didn’t think they could add value to it.
That they did.
Scapple is not only easy and fun to use, but it’s one of best mind mapping programs for creatives in the market.
via Easy, Elegant Scapple Brightens Mind Maps | Reviews | MacNewsWorld.
This week I completed the final (for now) draft of my first children’s novel and sent it off to some beta-readers for feedback. Though the idea and inspiration for this book came to me over three years ago, it was only six months ago that I actually sat down and began writing it. I was able to get a first draft finished in only 30 days, thanks to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month – which I will wax eloquent about later in the year as November draws closer. For now, click the link to learn more). But one of the biggest things that has made my writing and editing life so much easier, and helped me to keep up the pace without getting burned out and frustrated with the 50,000+ words sitting in front of me, is this amazing writing software called Scrivener, by the folks over at Literature and Latte.
I’m not kidding. It’s amazing. It’s phenomenal. I ask every single writer I come into contact with what software they use, and if they’re not using Scrivener, I tell them all about how amazing and phenomenal it is.
If I were to detail all the great things you can do in Scrivener, the sheer size of this post would have you discreetly backing away without making eye contact. So I’ll do my best to keep it short and sweet and focus on the top reasons why I love it, and how it has changed the way I write.
more here – Lemon Biscuits …and other literary crumbs: Scrivener (Or How to Make Your Life Easier).
I have over twenty-five years managing software trainers, computer techs, and program developers, combined with about the same amount of time as a novelist and screenwriter. So I believe it’s fair to say, I possess good credentials to recognize a sensational software program for authors from both a technical and an end-user perspective. From the moment I viewed the features of the Scrivener program, it was love at first sight. Coincidentally, the same thing had happened the day I met my husband.
When I went online to purchase the program, I discovered that not only did it cost only $45, but, the vendor offered a free week trial. It almost sounded too good to be true. With virtually nothing to lose, I downloaded it that afternoon. After using it for one full writing day, I paid my $45 cognizant I had found a lifetime writing partner.
via My Love Affair With Scrivener | Indies Unlimited.
You can tell Scapple was designed by a writer. It’s a simple, sparse Mac app that’s free of unneeded bells and whistles. Scapple comes to use from the team at Literature & Latte, the developers who are responsible for the popular Scrivener word processing and writer’s management app.
While Scrivener is bursting with nearly every feature a writer could need, Scapple is simply a note-jotting app — but it still keeps writers satisfied. Many have called Scapple mind-mapping software, but by L&L’s own admittance, it’s not. Instead, they liken it to a freeform text editor or “virtual paper” that allows a user to make notes anywhere on the page — just like a writer would with his notepad as he furiously scribbles down ideas.
via Scapple for OS X is the note jotter tool many writers are looking for | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog.
When it comes to content generation there is no shortage of tools available to aid with the process. Many writers will instinctively settle for the default software that has been pre-installed on their computers as these are often more than capable of keeping up with the task at hand. It can be difficult for an individual to look at alternatives when they have been accustomed to using popular software such as Word for Windows for many years, but there are in fact some great pieces of software available that are designed to make the content creation process a whole lot easier.
One such tool is Scrivener. This is a little known tool that has been created by professional writers who clearly have an understanding and appreciation for the writing process. The tool is both simple and powerful and, like an iPhone, most writers will not realize they need Scrivener until they actually start using it. With that said however, it is very rare to find some software that can be everything to everyone. This overview of Scrivener should help you to decide whether it is worth abandoning your default word processor.
via Scrivener Software: A Great Alternative for Writers – Blogcritics Sci/Tech.
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.
via The Tools of the Trade: Scrivener and Writing for Thinking — Curve Writing.