Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I Tried Scrivener and Never Went Back.


Most likely if you’re a writer, you’ve heard of Scrivener. It's a word processor, but also designed to help organize your projects. It happened to be on sale for half price ($20 at the time back in early November 2015,) so this motivated me give it a try. It's been a big help to me, so I thought I'd share a little about it. 



This is the left side of the screen. The side bar is called the binder. It’s very similar to the way folders and files are organized in Windows, so I found it easy to learn. For example, if you are working in chapter 25 and you make some changes that won’t make sense unless you adjust chapter 5, it’s easy to jump on over to chapter 5 and make the change.

The other advantage is that it’s easy to change the order of the chapters/scenes. You can drag drop chapters around in the binder. There are also different views you can use for this, such as the corkboard view. 




I used corkboard view more in the beginning of my current novel when I was doing a lot of outlining. The lower half of the binder has the “research” section. It makes it very easy to keep various notes organized. 





This is the right side of the screen. This section is called the Inspector. You don’t have to have the inspector open (or the binder.) However, I have them both on at all times. The inspector has a note card for each chapter, which is handy for putting a summary. Then there is also the “Document Notes” section. I have all the character names in there and recently (since I’m working on the last 25% of the story) I have an outline in there as well. 

There is a lot more I could describe, but I believe you can try it for 30 days free.

https://www.literatureandlatte.com/trial.php

7 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know most who try it like it, but I think it would confuse me. I still like to print out my manuscripts and keep them in real binders. But if it works for you and keeps you organized and productive, then that's awesome.
And is it odd I have never moved a chapter? I may have moved a scene once...

Pat Dilloway said...

Word has worked well enough for me so far.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

It sounds intriguing. I may try it some day.

Stepheny Houghtlin said...

Thanks for this information. I know other writers have used it, but with no explanation of how it works. I assume it is available for my Mac. All the things you show here would have saved me a lot of time. After 2 novels, this appeals.

Cindy said...

Yes, there is a mac version. Glad I could help.

Crystal Collier said...

I tried a sample years ago, and it was too much structure for me. You know how some people get lost in plotting and then never end up writing the story because the plotting is so HUGE? Yeah, that would have been me on Scrivener.

Stephanie Faris said...

I have Scrivener and I know I'm not using it to its fullest. I haven't yet figured out the corkboard thing!