Update: Scrivener Software for Writing

Ten days left in my free trial – how is it working for me?


 

Scrivener introduction done, I finally embarked on actually using the software for a couple of projects that came up.

Now it should probably be noted that Scrivener is billed as a means of pounding out a draft of your product, a research tool, a way to get everything in one easily accessible place for your work to be assembled. It is NOT billed as the final step to publication.

If you work with the tools the program hands you, the way they are designed to work, this just isn’t true. It will turn out a very acceptable final product. It just requires you to modify some of your approach to how writing is done.

Rather than give a blow-by-blow on the program, I’d like to concentrate on one of the most useful tools I found in it: the Corkboard, which allows you to create index cards to hold various topics.

Images, urls, bits and pieces of information researched – all can go into the Corkboard, expanded and modified until your base premise requires further polish. Best part? All of this is shown on virtual index cards, which can be shunted about until the information is arranged in a sensible manner for tweaking that draft. Having everything together in one place, instead of flipping through various programs for it, is a big plus in my book.

Another plus? Being able to work in a non-linear fashion on an article or concept, freeing you to work as inspiration hits you. It’s like having a Non Linear Editor (NLE) for video, now you can do it with the printed word.

In case you haven’t guessed by now, I would recommend you give the program a try using the 30-day trial, as I did. Scrivener is not for everyone – writers are all different, of course. Considering that there’s no obligation except to legitimately try it out, what have you got to lose?

You can get to the free trial by following this link.

I’m not affiliated with Scrivener in any way. I will admit that I’m leaning towards getting this software after the trial period at this point.

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John Lewis is a freelance writer and editor for hire. Reach him at jlewis@aqualifeadventures.com . To see more of his product write-ups on LinkedIn, join the group Products In Search of A Market . On Facebook, join Products in Search of a Market (Facebook).

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