by P. H. Solomon
Thanks to the Writing Prompts Crew for hosting me today – it’s a gracious opportunity. I’m honored that they thought of me to write about Scrivener today as part of their ongoing series regarding the tech side of writing. On that note, let’s get started…
An artist’s work area can seem rather messy with paint, brushes, and other tools lying in seemingly haphazard order. There are finished projects, at least one painting in progress and several waiting in the wings nearby the easel. But if an artist doesn’t keep track of important tools and ideas then time and creative energy can be lost.
Writing is much the same way. There are various project ideas waiting to be written. There are notes lying around to do research, corrections for scenes or any other writing tasks. It can get overwhelming to an author. This is where Scrivener is most helpful. The software is an outstanding organizational tool that engenders an author’s creativity such that less time is spent sifting through disorganized projects. As a result, you can spend more time doing what you love – writing. Think of it as a virtual studio.
How Scrivener Helps
So what are several ways Scrivener improves your writing? For me it helps in the following ways (these are based on my blog post: 8 Ways Scrivener Aids My Writing):
- I’m better organized from the beginning of projects.
- I can easily make changes to structure.
- I can turn out short projects at a faster rate.
- I can use different media to assist my efforts.
- Since I’m more organized and faster with short projects I have more time for longer projects.
- In relation to number 5, I don’t waste time staring at a blank screen since all the preliminaries are out of the way.
- In relation to number 2, I can edit more effectively which is a plus for a novel.
- It’s my multi-function tool. As I’ve written in earlier posts, the software is so flexible I can use it for any type of work that I’m doing as a writer.
Where To Start
- Take time to work through the tutorial. You won’t remember everything but it helps get you started.
- Learn to use project templates which are extremely helpful based on the nature of your content.
- Learn to use document templates which are even more helpful. These templates are internal to your project and allow you replicate documents easily by embedding common formatting and content.
- Take time to format your projects and documents well to avoid lots of frustration later.
There are numerous ways to use Scrivener and I readily admit that I continue to learn about using it. But I’m committed to gaining proficiency so I can be a better writer. Fortunately, Scrivener has a lot of great help tools from the manual to forums. Also there are numerous blogs where people share their knowledge and resources. You can access some of my own posts via Archer’s Aim. Also try joining the Facebook group for Scrivener users. Never tried Scrivener before? You can download it for a free trial – the tutorial loads by default.
About P. H. Solomon
- P. H. Solomon is a fantasy fiction author who lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a computer whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. He is currently finishing the first book of a fantasy series, The Bow of Destiny and hopes to see it in print soon.
His blog/website features articles about Scrivener, writing and fantasy. You can connect with him via any of his links below:
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