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Writing a Novel with Scrivener by [Hewson, David]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2307 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"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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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 toe, or you could just take a day or so to grasp its main features and wade in, learning as you go. Most fiction writers will never need the full range of Scrivener's facilities, so the learn-as-you-go method makes sense and this book is a tremendous help.

I've been working in Scrivener for a few months now, ever since my friend Karen Traviss recommended it as a useful tool for writers. It doesn't help the creativity, but it does help you to organise what you write and to revise it and tease out separate threads for revision purposes.

I've grasped enough to use it, but Mr Hewson pointed out some of the features I'd missed and I've already put some of his ideas into use.

If at times this book seems a little Mac-centric, it's because there are features for the Mac version of Scrivener which have not made it as far as the PC platform yet.
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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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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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