In May, our online class will be devoted to all things Scrivener. I bought mine for half-price after the 2014 NaNoWriMo, but you can download a 30 days free trial version here. And if you find yourself struggling, why not sign up for our May class? Here’s Rebeca Schiller, sharing her Scrivener experience:
I remember reading about Scrivener on the Internet Writing Workshop, but I didnâ€™t pay much attention to it because I had purchased another application specifically for novel writing. That application turned out to be so complicated I abandoned it and went back to using Word.
Apart from fiction, I write marketing collateral, web copy, book reviews, articles, and blog posts. At the time, the Word version I used was functional, but what killed me was all the related writing that went with one project. The endless drafts and revisions, and the research. Suffice it to say that with each new document the files kept multiplying, and multiplying, and multiplying.
I donâ€™t know how many times I ended up emailing the wrong draft of an article or chapter because of my terrible filing system. What I needed was a virtual three-ring binder or even a file cabinet where I could find every document in one spot without having to open every single file in my documents folder. And then there was the question of writing a novel and keeping that organized. However, in the fall of 2010, my writing life changed when a Facebook friend showed off her scenes via the Scrivener corkboard feature.
I was jealous. I wanted and needed this program. Unfortunately, it was only for Macs and at that time I had an HP laptop. I tried to find a comparable program, but none matched Scrivenerâ€™s features or oomph. And so, in a fit of frustration, I visited the Scrivener Facebook page to plead with the folks at Literature and Latte to design a Windows version. Much to my surprise, it was announced that there would be a Windows beta version just in time for that year’s NaNoWriMo.
Well, I was overcome with joy. When the time came to download that baby, I was first in line, and thatâ€™s when I thought I could write a tutorial for the WinScriv version. I liked the windows version, but I confess I was a tad envious of all those Mac users whose version boasted more advanced features.
But something serendipitous happened during the spring of 2011: my HP laptop was nearing the end of its lifeâ€”just a mere 18 months after I purchased it. Thatâ€™s when I decided to say farewell to Windows operated computers. I went to the â€œdarkâ€ side and purchased a 13â€ MacBook Pro. The first thing I did after booting the machine was download the then-current Macintosh version of Scrivener.
That was four years ago, and it has been bliss. Since downloading Scrivener, all my writing projects are created in Scrivener, and it has helped me become a better-organized writer. I hope Scrivener becomes as important a writing and organizational tool for you as it has for me.
Interested in learning more? Scrivener A to Z is a step-by-step guide that will cover all the flexible and powerful features of this application. Students will receive daily instruction with easy to follow steps and illustrations on how to create folders and documents, navigate the Binder, writing and formatting in the Editor, how to create story boards in the famous Scrivener Corkboard, detailed outlines in the Outliner, and much more. Instruction includes both Windows and Mac versions. Basic knowledge of MAC OS and Windows required. Class begins May 11, 2015. To sign up go to http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclassMay15.html. Alina K. Field