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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Organizing Your Writing With Scrivener

I love writing. It's one of my greatest joys. My house is filled with pens, notebooks and journals. Whenever I get a cash gift card I spend it in the Staples clearance aisle. But in spite of all the notebooks I have lying around, I do most of my writing on the computer. Long long ago, in the dark ages I used programs like Word and Open Office but I'd heard legends how how serious writers used Apple computers and wrote on something called Scrivener.

Well the dark ages are over, and Scrivener is available on my Windows computer. Since the beta of Scrivener, it's been all I've used.

Scrivener is more than a word processor, scrivener is a whole writing organization system and you should be using it because it solves every problem you have had with your writing software in the past. Have you wanted a place to keep notes while you are writing that don't show up in your document? Scrivener has you covered. Do you wish you could have that academic paper you're citing in front of you on your 13' laptop instead of having to switch windows back and forth? Scrivener lets you store any document or image file you're using for research and view it in split screen while you write. Do you wish you could set word targets for a writing session, document, or chapter? Scrivener lets you do all that.

What about when it's time to show your work off? Do you want to send a manuscript to a publisher? Scrivener formats it perfectly for novels, short stories or screenplays. Did you get rejected and decide to self publish? Just export it as a Mobi file and you can have it selling on Amazon or as an Epub on Barnes and Noble in five minutes. And then you have the standard options of creating word files, PDFs and text documents.

Are you curious to find out more? Start by watching this video:



If you really want to learn how to use it I highly suggest buying Scrivener for Dummies by the great Gwen Hernandez. She also offers online classes on how to use Scrivener and I highly recommend taking one.

Thanks for stopping by again and tell me your favorite way to write in the comments!

12 comments:

  1. Loved the article! I had Scrivener on my Mac and loved it! I use a Chromebook now though, which doesn't support it. After searching for an alternative I found Scriptito. It isn't quite the magical piece of software that Scrivener is, but it's similar enough to get me by.

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    1. I've wanted to try a Chromebook. The only thing that stops me is all the piles of Windows software I have sitting around.

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    1. Thank you for visiting! You do great work so I think people deserve to hear about it.

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  3. I tried a trial copy for a while but couldn't seem to get into it, maybe I need to give it another go.

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    1. It looks intimidating at first. It is a steeper learning curve than traditional word processing software. I'd watch a couple of the videos. Once you start seeing what people do with it you start to get ideas for writing and projects from all over the place.

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  4. if this helps... don't worry about using all the features, or even figuring out what they are. If you begin by just using it as a word processing program, you'll quickly find things that make it easier, and as you become more comfortable with it, then you can explore additional features. One of the best things about Scrivener is that it's designed to use as much (or as little) of it, as you wish... and the parts that aren't being used, stay out of your way.

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    1. It's the best value I've ever seen for an online class.

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  6. I love Scriveners. I've been using it for years now, and I am still learning new ways to use it. I am not an organized person, so using Scriveners has really freed up my writing. I'm able to keep everything in one place and keep all the messy notes I want without feeling overwhelmed.

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