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Question for You Writers Out There?


Just started working in Scrivener. Big learning curve, but I love it already. Also taking a course in tips and tricks, etc. Anyone using this program for writing novels? Would love to hear what you think of it. Have you mastered it? Do you love it?

I’m crazy about the concept of keeping all my research, photos, maps, URLs, etc, in the same location as my draft…in one program for easy access. I’m always trying to find the folder where I’ve stored something I need for the next chapter. I also love that you can easily import an entire book into the program, and you can convert your finished manuscript instantly into so many formats for publication.

Am looking forward to the whole program becoming second nature to me. I’m a geek at heart, so I hope to be comfortable with this in a matter of a few days. Fingers crossed. What do you think?

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9 thoughts on “Question for You Writers Out There?

  1. selysin on said:

    I love Scrivener, it’s so much easier to keep everything together and navigate than word and when I’m procrastinating I can muck around with the meta-data and not venture into the time sink that is the internet.


    • Thanks for the input, Selysin. I have a feeling this program is going to help me make much better use of my time, plus I confess, I love the corkboard! 🙂 And the ability to color code files and notes, etc. So far, I’m liking what I’ve seen. It appeals to the nerd in me, as well as the writer. 😉


  2. andshelaughs on said:

    I’m so glad that you posted this! I’ve been wanting to ‘treat’ myself to Scrivener for a while, but have been so busy working that I don’t even have time to try the trial version. Keep me posted…and have fun writing!


    • If you want to give it a try, you can get a 20% off deal through the webinar listed by the Scrivener Coach this week. I was able to get it for $32, that way, and I decided to go ahead and download his course, too. So far, I’m pretty impressed. I had tried it a year ago, and got confused, but his videos and screen shots make it much easier. It is really a powerful program, and will do so much more than just handle a document. Email me if you’d like links. These offers are good until tomorrow evening, and I’m glad I bit the bullet and did it. Hope we hear from a few folks who are using it regularly.

      I need to find a way to write more efficiently, and keep things organized, so my time is spent doing the creative part, and not searching everywhere. It’s a fun layout, too.

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  3. Scrivener is like pie and donuts mixed together, it’s so good. I love it for the usual things, ease of outlining, organization, and so forth, but I also like it for giving me some extra structure in my scheduling. I break down my workplans into x number of cards in my outline per day/week. It’s more accurate for planning than word counts, because I can be sure of what percentage of the manuscript I’m going to accomplish. (Sometimes it means staying up until 4 AM because a card took more words than I thought it would, but that’s the way the pie-donut crumbles.)

    That said, I still keep my series database in Excel. So I clearly haven’t mastered it yet. 🙂


    • Thank you so much, Jen! That’s exactly the kind of response I was hoping to get, whether positive or negative, but with experience to back it up. I love the pie & donuts analogy. Two of my faves! Now I’ll think of them whenever I open the program.

      I like knowing how you are using it, too. I have so much to learn, but it’s been fun so far. However, I’m keeping my MS Word doc file updated, too…just in case. 🙂 I did find I couldn’t copy and paste a chapter directly into my private blog, without losing my normal format. Had to do it from the Word file, instead. But that may be because I didn’t want to format a chapter separately, and just the Copy & Paste function didn’t work well. I guess it was in rich text and wordpress didn’t like it. Not sure.

      I LOVE that I can not only keep photos and reference materials handy, but web pages, as well, so I can instantly get the material I need while working on the manuscript. It’s so fantastic for someone like me, who wants everything in one spot. I was tired of losing files stored in various folders here and there. ONE PLACE. How awesome is that?!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, and I’ll be considering your work plan technique. Have a great day!


  4. There is a public community with over 3100 members for Scrivener Users. Because it is public, you do not need a G+ account to read the posts which the members post to the community.


    • Thanks for the link, James. I’ll look forward to reading some of the posts there. Just looking for comments pro and con from some of my followers, though it appears that not too many of them have tried the program. I’m enjoying it, so far, and will see what I can learn from the Scrivener User’s community, too.


      • Just took a quick glance around, James, and I can see a wealth of info there, which I’m sure I’ll be able to use. Thank you again for providing the link. Have a great weekend!


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