Who am I?

My name is Barry Potyondi. I live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada.

I’ve been a professional writer for decades — speech writing, corporate materials, non-fiction books, food and wine writing, the occasional travel piece. Immersed as I was in the business and academic world, I had no idea what the world looked like outside of the Microsoft Word closet.

Scrivener changed all that. And thank goodness it did.

This blog is my way of saying thanks to Keith Blount and his intrepid crew at Literature and Latte.

37 thoughts on “Who am I?

    • That’s very kind of you, Julia. When I started using the software a few years ago, I had no idea I’d one day become a Scrivener Evangelist, but there you have it. I have to say it’s a pleasure to do this. I just hope my insignificant little blog spreads the word about your wonderful programme and the tremendous amount of time that you all take to help users like me. You should be very proud of the online community you have created.



    • I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your gesture, Rick. For a guy who used to write speeches for a living, being stuck for words is almost embarrassing! I’m just glad that you and other folks find this little blog useful on occasion. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness.


  1. Hi Barry,

    Awesome blog for an awesome software.

    Many of us, if not all of us, are anxiously awaiting for the release of Scrivener for the iPad. In the meantime, I would really appreciate if you could give us your thoughts on a “workaround” iPad app. This other app is called Storyist. The developer’s description is as follows (from the user guide):

    “Storyist is a powerful writing environment for iPad that lets you create, revise, and review your work wherever inspiration strikes. (…) Story sheets are customizable forms tailored for novel writing and screenwriting. They help you keep relevant information about story elements (such as plot, character, and setting) readily accessible while you are writing.”

    Keep on the good work, merry Christmas 2012, all the best for 2013.


    • Thanks for the kind comments. Scrivener for the iPad (and the iPhone) may well be along sooner than you think. Here’s a comment that Keith Blount, Scrivener’s developer, issued yesterday:

      An Update on the iOS Version

      This time last year, I said that the big news for 2012 was that an iOS version of Scrivener was on its way. Some of you may be wondering what happened. Well, what happened is that a whole year of development has now gone into the iOS version, and it is shaping up very nicely. This time last year, it was a nothing but a whisper of a dream, some sketches and preliminary test code. A year on, we have a working iPad app. It’s not ready for release just yet, but it’s getting there. I understand how frustrating it can be, as an end-user, waiting for developers to put out something you are impatient to get your hands on, but it’s important we get our iOS version right. And I’m really pleased with where we are with it – the core functionality for which I developed Scrivener in the first place is all there.

      2013 will be the year that Scrivener goes mobile, not only on the iPad, but on the iPhone too.

      If you just can’t wait (and many can’t, it seems), then I’d recommend you go to the Scrivener forum (http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/) and do a search for terms such as synchronization, Simplenote, Index Cards and Dropbox. By following these discussions, you’ll learn many different ways in which users have successfully moved texts back-and-forth between their iPads and their desktops. You’ll also hear that none work wonderfully. For my money, you’d be better off waiting a few months for the real thing.

      Enjoy the holidays!


    • My apologies for the late reply, Antonio.

      I’ve used Storyist on my desktop and on my iPad and found it to be rich and helpful writing environment. The apps sync flawlessly. Many people will enjoy using it. That said, it aims squarely at novelists and approaches novel writing in a specific, structured way. While it is not a fill-in-the-blanks piece of software like some I could mention, it feels restrictive to me. I’m afraid I don’t know whether you’d be able to transfer your work to Scrivener without having serious problems. I’ve heard that Scrivener for the iPad (generation 2 and up only) will likely be out in this quarter, and available for less than $15, so my advice would be to wait for it, test it and then re-valuate your workflow.

      All the best,


      • Thanks Barry,

        Another “workaround” app — whilst we all wait for Scrivener for the iPad to be released — is ILARO for iPod, iPhone and iPad. It is tailored for research management enthusiasts (cross-referenced note-taking database). It could even function as a side app for Scrivener (source control for non-fiction writers). With Scrivener I would control scope and with Ilaro I can control my sources. Ilaro ain’t cheap and version 1.0 had a bad interface. 1.2 seems better (users flocked the developer, whom also has a survey posted on its site).


  2. OK, so I got fed up on waiting for Scrivener for the iPad to be released and decided to purchase yesterday Scrivener for Windows, since my income is not sufficient for a MacMini for installation of the much more complete Mac Scrivener. I must say that my dream computer is the MacMini Server, but that’s a topic for later.

    My current setup is as follows:
    iPad 3 + Windows 8 + LogMeIn + mobile hotspot modem

    In other words, I am at the office, where from my iPad I hook up the modem with the network back at home, where a Windows laptop with Scrivener installed awaits my command, thanks to the FREE service of LogMeIn . This is pure geek heaven.

    The only setback is that there is a lag whenever I choose to move the cursor around the Scrivening paragraphs, since what I command the home PC must come back to the office, backwards and forwards.

    You cannot how believe how happy I am.


    • Hi Rebeca,

      I have reposted a couple of links to your tutorials (March 4, 2012 and Feb 4, 2013) in the past. Do you have others that we could easily send readers to? Drop me a line if you wish. It seems many readers find my site by searching for Scrivener + tutorial, so there is interest out there.



  3. Hi Barry,:)

    I love your blog and I have been following you since 2 months now. I was wondering if you will also be interested in taking online classes.


    • Hi Abby,

      I’m glad you find the blog to be of use. To be honest I haven’t given much thought to the idea of featuring online classes in Scrivener, but if you would like to steer me toward your site I’d be pleased to consider running a mention of them.



    • Nice to hear from you, Lee, and I’m delighted that you like the site. It’s pretty modest but seems to get the job done for quite a few people.



  4. Hi Barry! I had occasion to visit your neck of the woods back in the mid-1990s, during the Winter Festival in Kelowna. My husband and I were struck by the beauty of the area, the friendly and community-supportive people, and the weather. It was our first winter visit to Canada and we were prepared for much colder temperatures. Folks apologized for the unseasonably cold temperatures that one night, for a short time, dropped into the upper 20s, and the rest of the days were in the 40s. We’re used to MUCH colder winters in Wisconsin! Will never forget waking up to the wonderland view of incredible 2″-3″ hoarfrost covering all the trees in the foreground, with the early morning sunshine-lit misty fog shrouding the beautiful mountains all around us. It was breathtaking! If only I had a computer with Scrivener on it to write about it then, or an iPad with Index Card! Are there any regular writer’s workshops or retreats in your area?

    • I’m delighted you and you husband enjoyed your visit — it is a wonderful place. Lately we’ve all been very pleased to see that even the New York Times has discovered our 200 or so wineries as well. I suspect drinking draws more visitors to the Valley than does writing, although of course the two activities do seem to go well together. There are few regular writing workshops that I’m aware of. If you write or would like to write about food and wine, here’s a link to an upcoming seminar in Kelowna: http://okfwww.squarespace.com. Neighbouring Penticton is also hosting an international wine bloggers’ convention in June, but I think that is almost sold out. Of course there’s nothing that says you can’t come back and put on your own writing workshop!



  5. Gosh! I just bought Scrivener for writing my research dissertation. Previously it was a headache to organise my wiriting. I have set up the template for my Lit Review and WOW! I am delighted with the skeletal setup and punching in the writing simultaneously in numerous chapters and sub chapters. Best ever.

    • It is amazing, isn’t it? My last book was a 450 page monster with all the usual academic apparatus. I drafted it in Scrivener and polished it in Nisus Writer without any problems to speak of.


  6. Just now stumbled across your blog – thank you for the great information you post here! I am an avid user of Scrivener and love it love it love it! Such a powerful program it’s hard to think of it as an app. It organizes my thoughts in a way that helps me move forward in my writing. I have found that the IPad app Textilus syncs well with Scrivener via Dropbox and files are converted and compatible which helps me continue to write while traveling or just simply moving out of my office for different perspectives. Again, thank you for posting a wealth of information that will certainly help me in my understanding and use of Scrivener!

    • Glad to hear you find the blog useful, Kathy. I’m not aware of the Textilus app, but am going to check it out. Can’t have too many apps!



    • There are several posts about Scapple already — just check the word cloud or do a quick search. I wasn’t aware of Catherine’s post, and have added it as well. Thanks for the link!


  7. Hey Barry,
    I want to reorganize my blog posts and see them all together in one view. I thought scrivener would be great for that. My problem is how to import all my posts automatically from WordPress to scrivener. Doing so manually would take a long time, it’s over 50 posts.

    Thank you,

    • Hi Shlomo – just drop a line to the helpful people at literatureandlatte.com and I’m sure they’ll be able to provide some good advice regarding your situation.



  8. Thank you, Susan. I’m always pleased to get feedback from those who have stumbled across the site and choose to sign up. Most gratifying of all is learning of the wonderful work that people like you do with Scrivener. It’s no surprise that we have visitors from around the world every day.

    All the best,


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