In praise of Scrivener...

So I'm rewriting my terrible, awful, no good, NaNoWriMo draft and once again I find myself desperately grateful for Scrivener. I don't use it for first drafts, but it's invaluable for rewrites.

And since a picture is worth a thousand words, allow me to demonstrate by showing you what I was working on today. (Hint: click on the pictures for a better look)

 Outlining:


Edits:


Characters:


 Setting:



Isn't it pretty? Do you have a favorite writing tool?

18 comments:

  1. I don't use anything but word. Thanks for sharing the pictures to see what it can do. I've wondered about it.

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  2. I just use word but dang...I need to buy an Apple. You got me sold here lady.

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  3. This looks amazing! I downloaded the beta version for Windows this weekend, but I have to figure out how everything works.

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  4. I LOVE Scrivener! thanks for the post and more ideas how to use this program.

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  5. Natalie- I use to use Word before this year. I do like the track changes function. :)

    Michael- Heehee! They do have a beta Windows version, I hear...

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  6. Melissa- Good luck with it! I've had it for months and I'm still figuring out all the options. :)

    Taffy- YAY! I think my favorite part is the research section. So nice for instant fact-checking!

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  7. I. Love. Scriv.
    I don't use the Characters OR Settings stuff... I know, total waste of money right? But actually, the outlining and non-linear editing option has saved my NaNovel's life. *cheers*

    Great post!! :D

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  8. It does look pretty! I'm obsessed with Scrivener. I need to use the characters and setting pages more. I love the idea of being able to see inspiration photos of everything.

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  9. I have Scrivener. I only opened it once, but didn't have the patience to figure it out. Maybe the next time I have vacation I'll try using it.

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  10. Director- Haha! Thank you. And I haven't gotten into the non-liner editing aspect yet. I'm still exploring.

    Ghenet- That is my favorite part! And it's wonderful when you're writing historical novels because you can get pictures of the places and things you need to describe and flip back to them as needed.

    Medeia- I understand. I actually haven't explored a lot of the options because it's just overwhelming. But what I have seen, I liked. :)

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  11. Oh...I just started using Scrivener! I love how I can compile notes and photos and even my web pages. I keep finding new things to do with it~ so far, I'd have to say I love it!

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  12. Looks as if you are making great use of the software! I have scrivener--used it for my NANO outline and I loved being able to see it either as a corkboard OR a text outline. But then, as I got into the frenzy of writing, I went back to Word. Maybe I'm still a bit scared of scrivener for writing the actual mss. Could be because when I was learning it, I thought I'd suddenly lost the chapters! I found them, and still don't know what happened. Think I need more practice time! Good luck with your draft.

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  13. Catherine- Heehee! I don't actually use it for drafting because I have such a had time shutting off my inner editor. And it is kind of a complicated program isn't it?

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  14. Looks amazing. And very detailed. I think I would get distracted adding all the visual tidbits and notes. Denfinitely going to look into it though!

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  15. Definitely. Spelling OCD. Had to fix it:)

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  16. Haha! I have the same problem sometimes. (spelling that is)

    The research part is definitely my favorite. :)

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  17. I thrive on visuals & that software looks pretty darn good. It even has screenwriting option that looks better than what I've been using, Final Draft.

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  18. BellaVida- Yay visuals!! Also the formatting is one of my favorite features. It's lets you compile everything into a standard novel format when you're done, and I'm sure it would do the same for screenwriting.

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