So, after a year or more of thinking about it, I finally downloaded the free trial of Scrivener. I’ve spent a few sessions so far going through the tutorial and still have a few to do until I feel that I can put a project to work in it.

I do know though that I must have this programme.

What a godsend!

When I originally started writing and submitting (before I quit and left it for too long), I had a snazzy electric Brother typewriter that had an erase function and a small LCD screen. It had no formatting options, and any submissions I made involved the laborious task of finding a copy of the publication, writing to the editor and asking for the submission guidelines if they weren’t included in the publication and then waiting for a reply, if it ever came. Then the story was re-typed (bless that erase function!) to the requests of the publication and after a fair amount of frustration, breath calming techniques and a trip to the post office, sent off in an A4 sized envelope with a stiff piece of cardboard supporting the MS inside and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for its most likely return. Otherwise you would have to type that baby out again! (A novel must have been hideous…)

Fast forward 23 years…

I confess I am a technotard – this blog is testament to my ineptitude, with its lack of snazzamatazz of any description – so having a programme that not only baby steps you through how to use it (in the written word, no less) but also does all of that nasty formatting work for you is an utter blessing.

All I have to worry about is what I’m writing. The rest is taken care of, and isn’t that a relief for all parties concerned!

The programmers over at Scrivener deserve some kind of reward for designing a product that actually works for the function it is meant for, with all contingencies and problems (that I can think of so far) being thoughtfully taken into consideration and solved.

From the outside looking in, I give it a 10 out of 10.

I’ll need to write a few things in differing formats before I can give it a proper review, but I’m impressed enough to fork out some dosh for it, which is something I don’t do often for such things.


About talesbytink

I've lived various lives in various places but have been a writer at heart the whole time. The experiences of being other things in other lands and times can only make my writing richer. I have no regrets about the road travelled. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
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2 Responses to Scrivener!

  1. Sharmishtha says:

    what does it do? the program?

    • talesbytink says:

      Hi Sharmishtha,
      it’s a programme specifically for writers. It allows you to work on documents much more flexibly than say a word document. It has a cork board function for example where you can put your scene synopses and shuffle them around to see the best order for your story, it also allows you to have your research documents in the same document folder and you can put them on the page you are working on. Just two of the many functions that it has. Best of all it allows you to write something that once finished, can be exported straight into e-book format, or any other format that you need. I’m in the middle of end of uni assignment at the moment so haven’t had a chance to get deeply into it but it’s a great tool from what I can see – very user friendly which is great for people like me! And it’s affordable too.

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