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Scrivener For Dummies Paperback – 28 Sep 2012
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From the Back Cover
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
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not easy - but then, the software is quite complicated, until it is understood - but a very useful tool for keeping writing organised.Published 2 months ago by Audrey C
Extremely disappointed. Heavily slanted to Mac users, illustrations and their text poor. Returned book.Published 8 months ago by Marilyn A.
Heavy stuff, but worth the effort. Very helpful in getting one organised.Published 17 months ago by Roger Hutchings
As with all Dummies this is cool but not needed it to much yet as just starting out.Published 23 months ago by Debra J. Nicolson
Having struggled through this and still can't master Scrivener, I think there's an opening for 'Scriverner for even dumber dummies'
Well written and informative, but I'm... Read more
I loved this book. Like all "...for Dummies", it's designed so you can dip in and out, but Gwen Hernandez's style was so good and accessible I sat down and read it from... Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2014 by Christina Hollis