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Q. Which is the best way to use it? USA-Today's bestselling writer says Scrivener to type and Microsoft Word to edit. Mostly I use Scrivener for drawing and reworking. Scrivener allows me to see each section and/or every sequence at a single look and in three different ways (the folder, memo map/cork plate and structure views).
They can also tag genres and sections with key words, colours and symbols to help you organize, recall, edit, and more. Like, with Band of Sisters and its continuation (Women's Fiction), I labelled the point of view in each section with a certain colour, which quickly let me know where I got too hard on one POV, or where I missed another one too long, and so on.
With Scrivener you can also tag sequences with different levels of completion: to-do, draft, first rework, second rework, finale, and so on. A VERY BIG thing I like is that there is no need to scroll or search through a solid Word/Google file to fix a particular section. Often you can only use the folder preview (or the cork board or outline) to find the section you want to edit, click it, and you're there.
Another Scrivener thing I've used once or twice is the research function that rescued my fat on a Retreat where we thought we had Wi-Fi, but not. It was panicky because I thought I didn't have the research link I needed, but then I recalled that I had already uploaded images and items and stored them in my Scrivener Research file.
But these are some of my favourite things about Scrivener. Anybody who thinks it's not for him probably doesn't know what Scrivener can do and has returned to Word just because it's "easier," but all it really means is that he knows Word better.
It is NOT simpler if you write a full-length novel, memoirs or article with a lot of related contents that need to remain organised. While I know someone who uses Scrivener for the entire lifecycle, I am switching to Word for processing and production/layout. There are two main reasons: 1) I don't know Scrivener well enough to rely on my export products.
The Scrivener is unbelievably customisable, but that means that if you don't click and choose every available item, you may end up using Courier in a strange place, or with a surprising head or something else. Someday I will find out all the export functions and save my settings perfect (I'm getting closer!), and then I can do it.
2) Scrivener has no track changes function, at least not yet. While it makes remarks, Word is better for simple old line work. In addition, most professionals still use Word, and publishing houses still mainly deal with Word scripts, so you will eventually have to sort them into Word (at least temporarily).
You can try Scrivener or Microsoft Word here: Whatever softwares you use, it is always a good way to store your work in the cloudy AND in another type of back up to be secure, like your HD. Also if you simply mail the files to yourself after each large write meeting.
Regardless of which application you use, you should always store important documents both on your disk and in theoud. P.S. We have just heard about this piece of off-the-shelf program named Aeon Timeeline. It is a graphical story editor for you to write, edit and organize your story. She is best-selling writer for USA Today, four-time Best of State Medalist in Utah and Whitney Award-winning.
She has had great experience as a journalist and in newspapers, magazines and engineering but her first passion has always been to write literature. She is a highly acclaimed BYU alumnus with a Master of Arts in English and is the writer of over a decade of textbooks, among them the Whitney Award-winning Band of Sisters, a book of chocolates and a grammatical book, and she is a frequent collaborator and former publisher of the Timeless Romance Anthology serial.
Recipient of five League of Utah Writers accolades, among them the Silver Quill, she is one of the four co-authors of the Newport Ladies Book Club family.