Sunday, 16 February 2014
So How Am I Getting On With Scrivener?
As you know, I downloaded the free 30 day Scrivener trial and followed the on-line tutorial, so the question is: What are my thoughts so far and have I actually used it for a project?
I found the tutorial really easy to understand and it is interactive so you can try things out as you learn - the only problem is a memory thing. Scrivener has so many features that it is impossible to remember them all. My view is that the ones that you do remember are the ones that will be of most use to you.
I decided that the only way I was going to test these features out properly, was to actually write something using Scrivener. I thought a short story would work well as a test - as I could write each part before a time break as a separate scene (like a mini novel).
I deliberately chose a story that needed research so that I could move everything I found into the 'Research' folder in the 'Binder' to the left of my word processing part of the screen. I also put web links into the 'Project' part of the 'Inspector' on the right hand side of the screen. I know this will mean nothing to you, if you don't have Scrivener but I'm just saying this to illustrate how easy it was to keep all my research to hand.
While I was writing, I played about with the word processing screen but at the moment, still prefer how it looks on Word - so will probably have to play about with it some more until I am comfortable with it.
Adding all my small scenes together was easy using the 'Scrivenings' button and it was great to move some of the scenes around to see if they worked better in different places (much easier than in Word.)
Unfortunately, I had big problems with the 'Compiling' part and sending it to Word for final editing. Scrivener automatically formats your text into Courier and indents beginning of scenes, which I didn't want. My clever husband had to sort it out for me as I found this part really complicated. I would recommend creating a template to use (once you've worked out how to make the changes). I've now done this (or rather my husband did) and so it compiles and sends to Word in the formatting I want.
What I would say to anyone learning to use this programme is take a look at this site: Everything Scrivener. I found it a couple of weeks ago and if you read through the posts, you'll find masses of useful information. I have found it really useful.
So will I be using Scrivener for the novel? Yes, I will but I know I won't be using it to it's full potential... and before anyone asks, no, I still haven't started it yet!