Scrivener Redux

Sorry about the delay between blog updates; I’ve been busy writing.

That doesn’t make sense does it? Well, if you read my previous post about 750Words, it should start to clear up. 750Words has been a boon to my novel and story writing, albeit at the expense of blogging. I’ve been so obsessed with getting my daily writing done on 750Words that it’s completely driven blogging out of my mind.

But I hope today’s entry will make up for my sins.

In an earlier post I mentioned Scrivener. I also promised a more in-depth review of the program.

Scrivener bills itself as “[A] powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.”

Yeah, the standard product mumbo-jumbo. But behind all of the verbiage there is an excellent product, and I urge you to check it out for yourself. I’m not going to give a complete rundown on its features and uses; the website does an excellent job of that.

What I am going to do, however, is show you one way I’m using it: as a document warehouse.

I’ve created a project for 750Words. In the project, I’ve got several folders. There’s one for this year, and inside that folder, there’s one for each month.

Each month’s folder has one document for each day. And each day’s document contains that day’s entry on 750Words. Once I’ve written each entry on 750Words I simply copy and paste it into the 750Words project in Scrivener.

I’ve also got a separate project for my novel. This one is ordered by chapters. That’s one of the great things about Scrivener: it’s adaptable to just about any method you want. I’ve also got a separate project for short stories.

Scrivener can store everything I need for any given project: text, PDF files, graphics, flowcharts—you name it, Scrivener can handle it.

Yes, it’s got a huge learning curve, but if you’re like me and just start using it, you’ll find that learning it as you go isn’t that difficult. Besides, I’ve always been one to ignore the instructions and manuals: if I don’t know what a given program can’t do, I won’t find myself restricted by silly rules.

That’s pretty much been my approach to life: if I don’t know how to do something, I won’t be held back by what the “experts” say about it.

So give Scrivener a try. It’s available for both Mac OS and Windows, and you can download an evaluation copy to try for a month.

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