Descrambling Scrivener: Part I…

Scrivener didn’t suit me as a writer. I couldn’t get used to it…It is more for those who plot and plan books.

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by Judy Penz Sheluk

Get together with any group of writers, whether it’s through an online chat forum or in person, and the subject of Scrivener is bound to come up. And while I’m sure Scrivener has its fair share of detractors, one thing is irrefutable: those who love it really love it.

For those of you who may not be familiar, Scrivener is a word processor/project management software program designed for writers of all kinds—novelists, journalists, academics, screenwriters, playwrights—who (and this is according to the Scrivener tutorial) “need to structure a long piece of text while referring to research documents…a ring-binder, a scrapbook, a corkboard, an outliner and text editor all rolled into one.”

If you think that sounds like a lot of features, you’d be right. In fact, there are so many options and features in Scrivener that it can all be rather overwhelming.

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