As if there aren’t enough obstacles to writing a book, oftentimes our word processors can slow us down.
When you’re dealing with a 50+ page document, you never want to be scrolling back and forth to dig up that information.
Nor do you want to pull your hair out because formatting text and creating a table of contents is a nightmare.
I just completed my first major e-book using Scrivener. Had I not had this software it would have been a pain in the rear end.
Here’s a peek at what it looks like:
Who Should Use Scrivener?
Scrivener is definitely intended for those who are going to be working on longer documents. Their site suggests Scrivener is great for not only authors, but short-story writers, screenwriters, lawyers, journalists, and professors. The best features such as creating new documents, having two documents side-by-side, research folders, plus the writing target tools are an authors dream come true.
If you are a blogger who is just writing 500-1000 word blog posts, this won’t be much different than other word processors. But, there’s a good chance that if you write regularly online you’re going to one day write an ebook where this will come in handy.
Create an Outline to Make Planning and Writing Easy
I’m a big picture type of guy. Instead of just starting at Page 1, I like to plan out a clear outline of the book.
With Scrivener, you can add different sections to the book like so:
The above is the contents for Grades and Girls. It made things so much easier when going back and forth between section, instead of scrolling up one-hundred pages.
Not only that, but these sections will format effortlessly into Microsoft Word, where you can then move it into Kindle.
Plus, there’s a section for research where you store all your notes, quotes, images, links etc. For me, this is invaluable, as they tend to get cluttered in Microsoft Word.
Is It Hard to Use?
I certainly would not call Scrivener intuitive. Fortunately, when you download the software it will walk you through step-by-step each of the tools it offers. But if you’re like me, you probably won’t even use all these tools. I should definitely go back and take advantage of them, but the biggest feature for me is outlining the book and having that 30,000 foot view over everything.
If you want to really understand Scrivener, there are books and courses available online. Even YouTube channels. I can’t personally recommend any, as I can’t recall using them, but if you search you will no doubt find some valuable products.
Start Your Free-Trial Today!
One reason I got started with Scrivener is because they offer a free-trial of the product. It’s so reassuring to be able to use a product before buying it (even though it’s only $40). You can use this product for 30 days which will allow you to get a good chunk of your book done. From there you can purchase Scrivener and keep all your work.
You can also purchase Scrivener software on Amazon, though you won’t get the free-trial.
Now, get to writing that book!