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SCRIVENER ESSENTIALS: A Quick Start Visual Guide For Windows Users by [Prince, Karen]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 21288 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
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  • Publisher: Karen Prince; 1 edition (30 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N6QFCS0
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I can claim the above title as being true. For those of you who don’t know me, put something in front of me I like or need to do, and cannot do and you create an Everest that must be conquered. People say I am an excellent cook and chef pâtissier. However, when I was twenty, I had never made fudge, though I had been baking since the age of eleven. So, I bought a five-pound bag of brown sugar and thought, let’s make fudge, right? Making smooth, creamy fudge became my Everest. A five pound bag soon became a ten-pound and a twenty-pound bag, and the more I tried, the more the hard sugar became like an impregnable weapon. I would end up wasting … well it took me months to learn how to make fudge the way I liked it.

When I began to study Scrivener, because people around me seemed to be using it without any problems, I thought, how difficult can this be, right? Well, over the last year, the damn program became as complicated and impregnable as a hard-rock batch of my first attempt at fudge. I mean, I’m an intelligent person. I deal with new programs every day (some I just refuse to be bothered with), I’m not an idiot. I tried the Scrivener manual and full tutorial which took me three days to go through. After … mush—my brain. I tried video slides some author was peddling, nope, nothing. There is something about the separate components of this program that has me frazzled. I don’t think my mind works this way. I am the type of person who takes up a thought and can follow it through a long list of obstacles, unscathed and unspoiled.

After going through Karen Prince’s incredible book—how she accomplished illustrating her book like this on Kindle is another book in itself—I finally was able to get it. I was fighting with myself and my own way of working.
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Scrivener Essentials by Karen Prince has saved my sanity. Okay, this tutorial is not a panacea for all ills (what could be?), but it comes close. I haven't quite conquered importing a word doc, but thanks to this tutorial I am so much better equipped to navigate Scrivener and get my work imported with a little more effort. In general, I have a much better grasp of all the features available, have discovered short cuts to make my life easier, and I now have a much cleaner Scrivener file for my current work in progress.

I almost want to start my own book all over again just so I can employ Karen's tips from her own writing process. She is incredibly methodical and organised, and the glimpses of her writing tempted me to drop all and go read her book!

What is clear is that Karen knows her subject inside out, she gives of her knowledge generously, and her screenshots could not make `how to use Scrivener' clearer. Topics are also well signposted. I will forever have my copy of Scrivener Essentials open behind my Scrivener so I can dip into the detail of what, where, and how, whenever I need it.

(Received a free copy. So good it gets my honest review.)
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I'd heard that Scrivener was a useful tool for writers, but I'd also heard that it was incredibly complex to learn how to use. I find that the usual guides written to help you use new software are generally very long, and take a very long time to tackle and absorb. Seeing this guide, I decided to download it during my Kindle Unlimited trial, to see if Scrivener really could be described in a simple, visual manner.

I wasn't disappointed. So far I have viewed the guide on both my iPad and the Kindle app on my PC. It is clear to read on both. I think the PC Kindle app version will be most useful for reading alongside the opened software, once I decide if I'm going to take the plunge and try out a Scrivener 30 day free trial.

I particularly liked the author's use of coloured page edging, to help you keep track of which section of the book you are reading, and I have found that the whole book is very simply and logically laid out.

So, for other writers wondering about Scrivener, I'd encourage you to check out this guide. It has given me the confidence to feel that I could indeed tackle this powerful piece of writing software, and that I would be able to grasp how to do the basics without needing to grapple with an enormous manual. (The author even offers colourful, printable "cheat sheets", so that you can pin them by your monitor to remind you of common functions once you are using the Scrivener software on a more regular basis.)
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After hearing many positive comments about Scrivener from other authors, and taking advantage of an offer, I purchased the program. I went through the video presentation of the features, and I’ve checked others explanations, but they all seemed very convoluted and difficult to remember at the time of actually getting down to writing. Due to that I’d so far hesitated trying to launch a full-blown project in Scrivener.
Thankfully, this book came to the rescue. It is a step-by-step guide, and best still, visual. That means you can actually open the programme and have the book by your side, allowing you to check as you go along. For me, always looking for that button at the bottom right, under the double line, with a non-descript indicator on it, having an arrow pointing, makes a big difference. Another beauty is that the writer, an author herself, gives us her personal tips, things she has discovered through use, that are invaluable (and will not appear in any of the impersonal, “how-to” guides).
The discovery of this short gem has made me feel more confident in trying and using Scrivener. I recommend it to all writers, who, like me, have been wondering for a while about the program, but been scared by what appear to be never-ending complex explanations. Thanks Karen Prince!
I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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