Adventures in Writing a Novel

Stepping into the world of Scrivener #writing #amwriting #writerslife

scrivener2For the last, oh I don’t know, one, two years, my friend has been shouting from the rooftops about Scrivener. While she constantly raved about it, I wasn’t convinced. Of course, I didn’t doubt the program and it’s benefits, I just have had my own process for the last 5 years and I really wasn’t open to trying anything new.

For those who don’t know me, I don’t really like new things. Call me an old fashion, fuddy duddy, but I like the known. I like the comfortable. I don’t like stepping out of my little box. Do I know this is quite possibly a fault of mine? Uh, yes, but at least I’m honest. LOL.

With all that said, however, in launching Long Valley Press, I’ve decided it was time to step into the world of Scrivener. Certainly, I still like my old way of doing things, but for the sake of helping with formatting and such, I decided it was time to stop ignoring the nagging voice in my head that I need (and will love) this program.

I’m still in the process of digging into the depths of the program. While I don’t really like learning new stuff, but once I get into something, I dive in and learn all I can. I’ve had the program all of about 6 days and so far so good. Of course, there are features I don’t really care for, and some that I think are great. But, isn’t that the case with any program? All in all, I think it will be a good purchase, and who knows, once I learn the deep ins and outs, I’ll probably be shouting from the rooftops that any writer who is a writer should have it.

So darling followers, how many of you use Scrivener? Do you love it? Or could you live without it?

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9 thoughts on “Stepping into the world of Scrivener #writing #amwriting #writerslife

  1. I am like you, a creature of habit. I still go the same when when I travel even though others keep telling me there is a shorter way. The computer is the same. I get comfortable with a program and I don’t like trying out new ones. But I guess we have to if we want to keep current. I never heard of Scrivener so I googled it. Looks like a good program. I wish you a lot of luck with it!!

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. I’m finding things I like and things I don’t like. Of course, part of the problem is my computer. I have a Toshiba, and it has different quote marks (of all things) than my HP. No matter how many times I change the font to the same font on both computers the quote marks are different, and unfortunately, the Toshiba is messing with the formatting. Ugh.

  2. One of my author clients uses Scrivener and loves it, but I haven’t taken the plunge yet—but it’s on my to-do list! I hope you’ll post about your experiences so those of us who tend to avoid learning new things won’t feel quite so intimated. You’ll be a pioneer for your followers!

    1. LOL. I will try. I’m liking some things and not liking others. In order to really look at sentence structure, I’m going to have to export it to Word. While it watches for spelling and small grammar, sentence structure is not one of them. It won’t show you fragments or passive voice. Thanks to my Toshiba, no matter how many times I change the font, it’s messing with the quotation marks. Ugh. I blame the computer for that, though.

    1. I don’t doubt I will still use Word. In fact, while Scrivener does spelling and small grammar stuff, it doesn’t do sentence structure (like fragments, dangling modifiers, or passive voice). So, after the manuscripts are written, it will go into Word for all that. Sometimes, I have to wonder if it’s worth it. LOL

  3. Scrivener allows you to format your book for Kindle or CreateSpace, when you are ready to do so. And it’s one of the more foolproof formatting solutions. I also like the way you can include all sorts of snippets in an inspiration board: I take screenshots of quotes and bits of research, as well as photos of locations, to keep me on track with character motivations and inspire me when I am working.

    But it’s a beast to learn. I am still not an expert.

    1. Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂 After about a month, I gave up on it and went back to Word. I will probably upload the novels into it when I’m ready to format for publishing, however, I can’t stand using the program for the actual writing. I am not a fan. LOL

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