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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (28 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118312473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118312476
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Make complicated writing projects simple and take your writing skills to the next level with Scrivener

Scrivener is the first and only word processing program designed specifically for the messy, non–linear way writers really work. Scrivener For Dummies is the easiest way to master this powerful writing software. Written by veteran Scrivener trainer and novelist Gwen Hernandez, you′ll learn to set up a new project, organize your research, track scene elements, create custom layouts, and more with this friendly Scrivener guide.

  • Say "hello" to Scrivener — quickly learn your way around the Scrivener workspace and all its basic functions, features, buttons, parts, and pieces
  • The perfect form — create custom project templates tailored to your needs and style, and store them to use for future projects
  • Bid adieu to pushpins, index cards, and lost ideas — keep your writing, research, character sketches, synopses, outlines, drafts and images all in one dedicated project file
  • Unlimited formatting freedom — instantly export your work into many formats and document combinations, without affecting the original manuscript
  • Bring your story to life — view multiple scenes at once, storyboard with index cards, or view your work in outline form
  • Goodbye to paper clutter and paper cuts — track multiple versions of a manuscript with Revision mode and keep notes ready–to–hand with Quick Reference panels

Open the book and find:

  • Tips for finding your way around Scrivener
  • Help navigating the interface
  • Ways to track scene elements with metadata
  • Methods for working with split screens
  • How to export content to EPUB
  • Tools for compiling a manuscript for a publisher
  • Methods for setting manuscript and document goals
  • Tricks for structuring and organizing research

Learn to:

  • Structure your work with index cards and preserve earlier drafts along the way
  • Break your text into sections and edit them separately or as a whole
  • Keep track of all your ideas with the Collections feature
  • Compile your work to send to a publisher or share as an e–book

About the Author

Gwen Hernandez conducts online training courses in Scrivener. An aspiring romance author, she has worked as a programmer, a business school instructor, and a manufacturing engineer.


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I'm an author of fiction and non-fiction who always has loads of different projects on the go, and never enough hours in the day, so increasing the productivity of my writing time and my efficiency is really important to me. I'd bought Scrivener over a year ago, but despite being pretty computer savvy, I'd never really got to grips with it, using either the online help or the manual provided or self-help videos on YouTube. I know I learn best from reading about things, so when I discovered this book, I was hopeful that it was just what I needed.

I was right: in its pages are everything I will ever need to know about Scrivener - and a lot more besides. It has been painstakingly written to include every last detail so that even the biggest dummies out there will understand it, but it's written with a lightness of touch and a sprinkling of humour that makes it a pleasure to read.

I started by reading it straight through, chapter by chapter, but it's also a useful reference manual to dip in and out of. As with any piece of software, you learn by doing, and consolidate your knowledge only with practice, so I skipped over a few bits that weren't likely to be needed straight off, but will come back to them as I grow into using Scrivener in an ever more sophisticated way.

Thank you very much, Gwen Hernandez, for saving me from giving up on Scrivener - you've given me a new lease of life on my writing! Highly recommended.
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I'd tried the practical work with the online Scrivener and I bought the book to fill in some of the gaps. I'm very disappointed. I feel let down by the title and the advance publicity.

I expected a how-to-do-it book. It isn't. It's much more like a padded-out manual. And it doesn't make my life any easier to find it's really a Mac text - and I'm a Microsoft man.

If only there had been a chapter with a short sharp practical example to work through, I could have gone on from there.

Scrivener itself is full of promise for the kind of work I do. But it looks like I'll have to play with the software (the heuristic method?) before I can really get going.

francis cameron, oxford, 10 december 2012
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Scrivener has a great pdf manual that is so exhaustive you would think nobody could find anything else to explain. Gwen Hernandez's book doesn't go into any greater depth than the official instructions, so anyone expecting hidden nuggets and insights will likely be disappointed. Where it scores is in approaching the same subject matter from a slightly different angle and in a more conversational style.
Think of it like triangulation. Each does exactly the same job, but together they will get you to the destination a lot more quickly.
I have found that the most efficient way of learning the software is to read a chapter in the Dummies manual; try its advice in the software, then go to the official pdf manual to refine what I have learned.
That said, I also like David Hewson's Kindle book "Writing a Novel in Scrivener". He covers the same ground in much more concise form, but the brilliant thing about his approach is that he is not afraid to say: "You don't have to bother with that. This isn't strictly necessary. Forget about that unless you're really obsessed."
It is refreshing to have a help-manual author reassure you that you are not second-rate if you don't understand or need all the features in a program.
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When I purchased the book I was looking for someone to show me how to use Scrivener. Instead I found this book more of a detailed exposition of each of Scrivener's features - more of a 'tell me' rather than a 'show me' approach. I kept hoping that I would find something like; 'Suppose you are writing a profile of some well-known person and you have photos, cuttings, documents and other items that you have gathered. Here's how you can get them all safely into the Reseach folder of Scrivener. First, . . . . '
I didn't find it.
I would say this book is an excellent reference manual for the experienced user of Scrivener but an offputting introduction and guide for a person already overwhelmed by the multiple features of Scrivener.
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I've been a Scrivener user for a year now, and I'm finding I'm using it for more and more of my writing, not just the larger projects like non-fiction books and novels. Whilst Scrivener was doing everything I asked of it, I felt I could have been using it more effectively. Gwen Hernandez's book has helped with that. I've found myself experimenting a bit more: whereas before I would use Quick Reference panels, Gwen's suggestion of using the split screen is better. I've also started saving the screen layouts that I use most.

Gwen's book does not teach you anything that isn't discussed in the comprehensive manual (which comes with the software), but it is more readable and makes many useful suggestions. Scrivener is a powerful piece of software, the basics of which are easy to pick up. But to get to know it better, Scrivener for Dummies is a great next step and will have you using the programme like a pro.
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I found it difficult to follow, which probably says more about me than the book. Scrivener is, I think, quite difficult to understand and therefore the help-book is bound to be a little difficult to understand. Probably takes more time than I have. I haven't given up.
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