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- 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: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Writing a Novel with Scrivener Kindle Edition
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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. He's also right in saying that since this works for him, much of this will work for most others, too.
I've used Scrivener for over two years. I'd call myself very familiar with it. But I found more than half a dozen tips within this book so fundamentally useful to my own writing process that I'll be using them every day I use Scrivener - and, by using them, saving myself a lot of time and a lot of hassle.
When I attended art college, a lot of our time was spent studying the masters. Not to imitate or copy, but to learn from them; to stand on their shoulders. That's what this book is - learning how to use a great writing tool, from a great writer.
As a Scrivener ‘newbie’, I get the impression that this package is very similar to Photoshop. There are a lot of functions and you can certainly do a lot with it. But do you really need to know everything? David Hewson tells you what you need to know if you are trying to write a novel or a non-fiction book, and when he thinks that something could be achieved more easily by other means - perhaps by playing around with the Word document you have just produced. I really, really liked this approach - instead of learning dry facts about the various functions available, I understood the examples that the author offered. Confused about ‘Labels’ and ‘Keywords’? After reading Hewson’s relevant chapters, I labelled all my chapters by Point of View, and tagged them with keywords so that I can easily create collections based on what secondary characters appear in my story. In other words, if you think like a writer, and not like a software developer, this is the book for you.
I will admit that I got a little bit stuck at the ‘Compile’ section, but apparently that is the hardest function in the package to grasp. I am still working on this and it might take me a little while to really understand how it all works. But this book gave me the tools to get started without wasting too much time, so that I can focus on what I actually want to do: write.
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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