Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Writing Software #IWSG @ScrivenerApp @ScrivenerCoach

Shout-out to Alex and the awesome co-hosts for today: JS Pailly, Rebecca Douglass, Pat Garcia, Louise-Fundy Blue, and Natalie Aguirre!

July 3 question -

What are your favorite writing processing (e.g. Word, Scrivener, yWriter, Dabble), writing apps, software, and tools? Why do you recommend them? And which one is your all time favorite that you cannot live without and use daily or at least whenever you write?

Plot Your Book In A Month...With Scrivener
Joseph Michael's course on using the Scrivener App, the writing program, really helped me. Plot Your Book In A Month...With Scrivener by Stephanie Draven REALLY helped. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25816650-plot-your-book-in-a-month-with-scrivener My review has mysteriously vanished. The book is no longer for sale, so... sorry. 🤷🏽‍♂️)

I like the way I can organize by Chapter. Also, I like the split-screen option, so I can have my notes up in one area and type in the other. Before Scrivener, I would open multiple instances of Word, or multiple tabs on Google Docs, or have notepad open as well as the word processor. 

Scrivener requires some learning to be useful. Just messing around isn't honestly the best way to master it because there are cool hidden features. Apparently, there's a fair difference between Windows and Mac.

I dislike it when I'm in the midst of a project and the app wants to be updated the next day, and then I have to figure out how to navigate the changes. I love the autosave feature (set to however many seconds). I've never used an "app" version on a mobile device, so I cannot speak to that. 

📚https://www.nationalbook.org/adventure/Summer Reading Adventure (based in the United States). 🕮 Adventurers must submit by August 31, 2024. (There doesn't appear to be an actual "signing up" stage. You just kinda do the activities.) I plan to keep track this summer here, on my blog.

Summer Reading Adventure 2024


#AtoZChallenge 2024


  1. Pen and paper -- then Word -- is still my go-to :-)

    Ronel visiting for IWSG day A Round-Up of Resources For Writers

  2. Never attempted Scrivener in any format.

  3. I'm glad Scrivener works for you. I think lots of writers in our group use it. I just use Word, and it works for me.

  4. People either love or hate that program. I've never tried it myself.

  5. Those updates always come with I need to get something done! Arrg.

  6. Hi J! I hope all is well with you. I am a Word user, and at this point in my life I don't want to take on a new program. Enjoy your summer reading adventure!

  7. When I first got Scrivener, most of the online training seemed to focus on Mac rather than Windows which meant that I gave up. I've since dug into it a bit more and learned some, but know I have a long way to go to figure out how to use it properly. One day....

    Debs posting today from Fiction Can Be Fun
    Also found at Debs Despatches


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