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Writing a Novel with Scrivener

Writing a Novel with Scrivener [Kindle Edition]

David Hewson
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The writing and story development program Scrivener is taking the world by storm. Here the bestselling author David Hewson, creator of the successful Nic Costa series, offers a personal, highly-focussed guide to using this powerful application to create a novel, now newly-updated to cover the brand new release version for Windows.
Hewson, a Scrivener user for years who's written five of his popular novels in the app, takes users through the basic processes of structuring a full-length novel, writing and developing the story, then delivering it either as a manuscript for an agent or publisher or as an ebook direct to Kindle or iBook.
Alongside the practical advice, he offers a working novelist's insight into the process of writing popular fiction. And this book is, of course, created entirely within Scrivener itself, from development through to publication on Kindle, a process followed in detail in the book. Please read the reviews to see what users think of this unique book, produced entirely from within Scrivener itself.


The Fallen Angel, book nine in the Costa series

The Washington Post says, ‘…perhaps his finest novel. It’s hard to see how the author could have made his dark tale more fascinating, entertaining and yet entirely serious than he has.’

The New York Times, ‘Mr. Hewson’s crime novel, the ninth in a series, is like a satisfying “Law & Order” episode set in modern-day Rome… the ending is the rich tiramisu we’ve waited for.’

Bookreporter, ‘I cannot imagine anyone picking up a book authored by David Hewson and not falling in love with the subject matter within the first 50 pages or so. The Fallen Angel, his latest and arguably best work, continues the practice while upping his own ante by a notch or three.’

Jeffery Deaver...
Hewson is a daunting talent — a writer who is a master stylist.

Steve Berry...
David Hewson is one of the finest thriller writers working today. A born stylist.

Lee Child...
(Dante's Numbers) easily the best yet in a really terrific series.

Peter James...
Hewson is one of our finest crime writers. Absorbing, intelligent, and with a staggeringly vivid sense of place.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2211 KB
  • Print Length: 127 pages
  • Publisher: David Hewson; 3 edition (28 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZG7BMU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read for scrivener authors 24 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"In this book, David Hewson says the wisest of things: "How do you write a novel? I can't tell you. Everyone works differently. The secret, if there is such a thing, is to cherry-pick the working habits of others then complement them with your own."

Let's cut to the chase. If you're an author, you should at least give Scrivener a fair try. In my opinion, it is by far and away the best long-form writing tool there is, bar none. I use is every day with my copywriting work and have also written a novel using it, The Well (and am at work on my next). Scrivener is a powerful beast which approaches word processing in a fundamentally different - and fundamentally better - way than linear word processors.

So let's say you are an author who uses Scrivener, or one who's considering it: you really should read this book.

Scrivener comes with a lot of excellent help files and even videos. So why on Earth would we need `another manual'?

This book is not another manual. It's despatches from the front line - how someone who writes for a living uses Scrivener to do so. Not only is David a successful author, he's also a long-time Scrivener user. What he does in this book is to blend together his experiences as a writer with those as a software user. The end result is a highly focused guide to what David has found works best for him, when writing with Scrivener. He makes no bones about the fact that Scrivener may well (and in many cases does) provide other ways of doing some of the same things - but what's explained here is how one writer as learned a tool and then honed its use into the most efficient for him.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Scrivener, fit for purpose 17 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an excellent book which does exactly what it says on the tin.
I've been using Scrivener for several years, and have written my last few novels with it, so I'm already a fanatical Scrivener advocate. Though I didn't learn too much I hadn't already worked out for myself about the basics of the program, I found his concise instructions to be most helpful in reinforcing my understanding of why it's such a brilliant piece of software.
The final section, on e-book publishing with Scrivener, was in itself well worth the modest cost of the book. Thanks, David!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Starting Point for Scrivener Newbies 8 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
David Hewson explains that this is NOT a Scrivener Manual. As he points out, the Scrivener Manual is excellent. However, whereas the Scrivener Manual tells you how to do something, David Hewson's book explains reasons as to why an author may want to do something in Scrivener. In this book, David reveals how Scrivener helps him with his creative process, from starting a book by writing a few scenes, and being able to cut, join, or re-arrange them later, to jotting down scenes that he needs to write as the ideas come to him, but at the time of writing he does not know where exactly in his book they will go, right through to the end process of editing, formatting and getting the finished book into Microsoft Word format for a publisher or agent, or eBook format.

David uses some of his novels as examples, which helps to explain how Scrivener can be used by an author. This can be particularly useful if you haven't played around with the software yet.

I already have Scrivener and have been using it for a few months now. My own personal tip to anyone getting hold of a copy of the software for the first time is to start by importing an existing manuscript into the software and playing around with your text that way. (You don't have to do this, but I found it a great way to explore and try out many of Scrivener's features. It enabled me to get a far better understanding of my novel, it's structure (and its weaknesses) and has helped me to edit it into a much more superior document.)

If you don't have a manuscript to import into Scrivener, David's book is a great way of getting a better understanding in your own mind about how Scrivener can help with the authoring process.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide for an invaluable application 13 Jun 2011
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I am not entirely new to Scrivener but David Hewson's excellent guide has helped me to use it as an integral part of my writing.

I first came across the application through listening to David talk about it and I downloaded the earlier version. I did try to use it but struggled with working out its potential. Now with the latest version of Scrivener and this indispensable guide, it is starting to transform the way I manage my writing.

David Hewson's guide is clear, concise and well written. He has helpfully extracted the most useful aspects of the application and gives comprehensible instructions and tips on how to use them. Initially I read the guide through and now I am going back selecting relevant sections as I incorporate the features of the application into my work. I feel much more confident using it with David's guide on hand to refer to.

As well as the guidance on using Scrivener, David Hewson weaves tips and advice about the writing process in general into the more practical instructions, giving a fascinating insight into the methods that he uses in his own successful writing. I would highly recommend this invaluable guide to writers of all kinds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enormously helpful book on Scrivener. Not just a rehashed ...
Enormously helpful book on Scrivener. Not just a rehashed copy of the manual but really helpful to any budding writer.
Published 7 days ago by Nico
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Full of useful information
Published 1 month ago by Elaine Jean Wareing
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful beyond words...
Forgive the pun but this book has given me more confidence not just about using Scrivener but writing in general. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Crusty
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide
Without this book I would have struggled with scrivener. David Hewson has poured hours upon hours of honest graft in to learning how to use scriv, and for this measly price, we get... Read more
Published 6 months ago by theblether
4.0 out of 5 stars Very practical
An excellent clear guide to using scrivener to write a novel. Scrivener is one of those programmes with so many possibilities that you could spend weeks learning it from top to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. R. Bedford
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book ... Or commentary!
I have been debating for several weeks over whether to purchase Scrivener. This book has highlighted all the salient (and useful) facts of Scrivener and placed them in a logical... Read more
Published 10 months ago by DSCH
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money
I have read many of David Hewson's novels and was interested that he has written many of them using Scrivener. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lesley Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrivener essential
Bought this as struggling with Scrivener manual and tutorial. Once I had dipped into this book I saw the light... and the errors I was making in the Scrivener tutorial. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars If you think like a writer, this is the Scrivener 'manual' for you
This book deserves all the good reviews it gets. Unlike other Scrivener manuals, this book focuses on showing a writer (fiction and non fiction) what functions are actually worth... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Asphodelia
5.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet and ideal
This is a great little intro to the software, lets you get straight into it for longer and more complex pieces of writing without feeling you have to get used to all the initially... Read more
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