8 thoughts on “Writer, Novelist Friends! Ever use Scrivener?

  1. I downloaded the free trial version after hearing good things about Scrivener, but after looking at it, I think my own system is working fine, and didn’t want to add a new learning curve to the mix.

    • Wow. I just downloaded it and looked it over and it’s definitely designed for a different kind of person that I am. It’s designed for the carefully color-coded file folder type of person — I hardly use folders at all in 3D or on muy computer. It seems way too complex and fussy. I’m going to try it it for a screenplay since formatting those is a POA. But I don’t think it’s me, not for fiction…

  2. To be honest, I found that there was more of a learning curve than I was prepared for. I even bought a couple of books to help me through the process; but in the end, I also decided that my present system works well enough for me for the moment. If I suddenly blossom into a sought-after published writer , then that’s plenty of time to learn the system in depth.

    Having said that, there ARE benefits to using a system that allows endless puttering around with your novel or whatever you’re working on, moving chapters around, typing little notes onto a “corkboard,” and putting your work onto a system that allows you to move text around with ease from one chapter to another, save quotes, or whatever you feel like doing, without getting lost in the various processes. And for those self-publishers out there, Scrivener sets up your novel in whatever form is needed for the end use. Lastly, you could put your next twenty novels into the program and have each one at your fingertips.

    It’s a pretty amazing program, even from my admittedly beginner viewpoint. I’m just not ready for that kind of intellectual investment right now.

    • It’s strange but I already do all those kinds of things — maybe that’s the point is that I’ve worked all that out for myself. I do think it sounds kind of cool to write separate chapters and put them away and have the program compile them, but I don’t know even about that — maybe I got the feeling I’d be adapting to it not it to me. I guess that’s what a “learning curve” is!

  3. Me too – most of the things I need to do can be done in Windows Explorer.

    I think that learning a program involves both adaptations: first you have to learn what the program can do and how to cause it to do those things (adapting to it), and then you can make it do what you want it to do for you (adapting it to you).

    I love learning new things, but you need some kind of incentive to learn, and for me the incentive isn’t there as long as I can do the same things effectively with my present system. Perhaps one day…. 🙂

  4. I’m here to add some doubt to your concept of “my system works fine.” Here’s the deal with Scrivener: Every single thing you need to get at, related to your writing project, resides under one roof.

    It’s amazing to have all of your research, web sites, ideas, drafts, outlines, etc etc all in one spot for instant review, access, sorting, finding things. Sure, there’s a learning curve. But there are plenty of sources online for learning free; I keep an inexpensive Scrivener for Dummies-type e-book nearby on my iPad. But usually, a quick Google search helps me figure out how to navigate what I don’t know.

    Using it for a novel is now essential for me. Give the free trial a whirl. Here’s what’s amazing about the free trial: each one of your 30 days goes against any day you launch it. Don’t launch it but once a month? You’ll have access to that free trial for 2-1/2 years!

    • We’ll see. I don’t see any point in using it for a project I’m well into. I’ve written historical novels that required a lot of complex research and hundreds of sources. I’ve never had problems keeping track. I have to say, though, looking at it and working through a few things with it, Scrivener didn’t impress me as a system that fit my style. That doesn’t mean I’m convinced my way is the best way and I’m likely to give it a shot when I tackle the next project. We’ll see! I really appreciate your responding — that’s enough for me not to bail on the whole idea.

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