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Anyone use Scrivener and would you recommend it?

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TunipTheVegedude Sat 08-Dec-12 18:26:27

That's it really.
I have a lot of notes because I'm writing historical fiction. I have a first draft now and it is going to need a lot of editing. Just wondering if special software might help.


BsshBossh Mon 17-Dec-12 21:29:30

I love it as it keeps all my research, plan, character notes, chapter summaries, scenes in one space and only a single click away. I put each scene in it's own section so editing and cross-referencing is very easy. I love it, actually!

BsshBossh Mon 17-Dec-12 21:30:41

It doesn't help with the actual quality of your writing, but it helps with all the organisational stuff.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 18-Dec-12 18:18:57

Thanks BsshBossh.

I'm still thinking about it. I don't know how much organisation it's all going to take - probably it'll become clear as I progress with the 2nd draft.

BsshBossh Tue 18-Dec-12 21:22:57

I didn't start using it till the fifth (my current) draft but found it a useful exercise to transfer all the research documents, character notes docs, chapter scenes (copy & pasted every single one into Scrivener!) before I began the fifth edit. Has made the edit much easier, from a technical and organsational perspective. Just don't get too hung up on the software and what you can do with it - the actual writing comes first!

GrendelsMum Wed 19-Dec-12 21:42:19

It's the best thing in the world - seriously, it makes a massive difference. I wrote my first two novels in Word, and Scrivener has transformed things.

Give yourself an early christmas present and buy it!

TunipTheVegedude Thu 20-Dec-12 12:35:28

Thanks GrendelsMum.

OK, I've gone for it smile
Now trying to work my way through the interactive tutorial with ds2 climbing on my legs and demanding I read him the Billygoats Gruff!

brockthebadger Fri 21-Dec-12 22:47:14

This is brilliant for talking you through Scrivener - Writing a Novel with Scrivener by David Hewson

TunipTheVegedude Sat 22-Dec-12 10:54:38

Thanks Brock. I'm slowly getting my head round it. I think it's going to really help! smile

MmeGuillotine Tue 01-Jan-13 20:38:25

Scrivener is amazing. I write historical fiction as well and find it invaluable for keeping myself organised as I have copious amounts of notes and research going on all the time. It's especially good for me as I tend to have three or four projects on the go at the same time so it helps me keep them all sorted. smile

Good luck!

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