I’m taking a course on the software, writing program, Scrivener, from Gwen Hernandez. In this, the third week, I learned:
- how to track progress and keep project stats
- interesting things about the corkboard
- ditto the outliner
- how to do ‘searches’ and ‘search and replace’s for words, phrases, highlighting, annotations…
- and how to save searches and collections (which is awesome for creating and working on partials)
Each lesson built on the one before, creating a scaffold of basic knowledge about how to use the sophisticated software program.
I thought today I’d highlight three things I learned recently about the program that I love.
Three Things I Love About Scrivener
- It addresses my post-it note way of jigsawing a story together. Normally, I put ideas, phrases, slices of dialogue and sometimes even whole scenes on scraps of paper, in Word files, One Note files, notebooks, creative journals… and yes even on color coded sticky notes, which get stuck on flat surfaces all over my house. Let’s just say my muse doesn’t fly like a crow. I don’t mind that my ideas come to me in bits and pieces, but I absolutely hate it when I lose a piece. So Scrivener is my new BFF. It has all sorts of nooks and crannies to store my ideas in, that are immediately saved and stay put, like the synopsis box, corkboard, outliner and notepad. And I can create research files and store stuff there too. All these “hidey-holes” are a finger stroke away on the screen. My friend Scriv has taken over my overflowing disorganized attic of ideas, sorted and stored them. It’s a creative-hoarders dream come true. Love it.
- It gives me a distraction-free page to work on. (There’s a button for that.) The two side columns dissolve and all I see is my work.
- It’s packed with cool features. The comprehensiveness of the program appeals to fiction, non-fiction and academic writers. While it’s depth seemed overwhelming at first, when it’s pulled apart slowly its beauty is revealed in the details. Tasks are generally easy and logical. It’s like a scrumptious buffet of writing tools.
I’m just a baby Scriv. I can’t wait to see what I learn next week, in the final lessons.
Next week I’ll look at what some other people are saying. Happy Writing.