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Posted on Wednesday 3 April 2013 at 10:09 am

Quick Question for Writer Friends

Do any of the writers on the flist use Scrivener? If so, for what types of writing (pro fiction, fanfic, academic or non fic, etc.?) and what do you think of it?


kizzia at 7:53 pm on 03 April 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I use it and I really love it! I've got the windows version and I use it for original fics as well as fan fiction. I think it works best on long, multi-chaptered works as the cork board is truly wonderful for re-arranging scenes within chapters or chapters within the story and I also like the way you can collect all your research (including Web pages) into the "project" so you've everything you need on screen.
You can also upload word files into it really easily so if you've been writing somewhere else (I often write at work during my lunch hour and save the file onto a USB) you can just import it and then add it to the story in the correct place.
Thinking about it I have also written one shots on it and shuffled scenes about at will so it does work for those as well.
I should say that at first I wasn't keen (I'd downloaded the trial version) but once I'd got my head round things I soon realised I couldn't manage without it (my computer has been offline for the past week and I've not been a happy bunny as I couldn't play with my ordering and just had to keep plugging away in word docs until I could get back into Scrivener!)
Hope that helps
bratty_jedi at 9:34 pm on 03 April 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I've debated Scrivener in the past and I finally downloaded the trial today and played with it some. I can see where for some of my previous fanfic it could have been most useful and might go that way soonish but I don't do a ton of long fanfic.

My primary hope is to use it for my dissertation. Even just playing around with setting up a few test folders and outlines today it felt somehow less intimidating and scary than trying to write in a blank word document. I think it is that with word there is the "one big linear project, beginning to end" kind of feel whereas this lets me feel more free to just type a few random thoughts and know I'm not all the committed to them or their location because they are so easy to move around. I can do a file here that might end up on pg 67 of the final dissertation then a file there that might end up at pg. 239 and an outline here that will never be in the final project and a placeholder card there for an idea I need to write but can't quite yet, etc...
kizzia at 9:56 pm on 03 April 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it does make everything feel more doable, doesn't it!
Hope it works out for you - bradspyjamas is using it do do her dissertation as well, so it definitely works for that ;)

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