- File Size: 2307 KB
- Print Length: 127 pages
- Publisher: David Hewson; 3 edition (July 28, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 28, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ZG7BMU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,724 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Writing a Novel with Scrivener Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
David was born in Yorkshire in 1953 and left school at the age of seventeen to work as a cub reporter on one of the smallest evening newspapers in the country in Scarborough. Eight years later he was a staff reporter on The Times in London, covering news, business and latterly working as arts correspondent. He worked on the launch of the Independent and was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times for a decade before giving up journalism entirely in 2005 to focus on writing fiction.
Semana Santa won the WH Smith Fresh Talent award for one of the best debut novels of the year in 1996 and was later made into a movie starring Mira Sorvino and Olivier Martinez. Four standalone works followed before A Season for the Dead, the first in a series set in Italy. The seventh Roman novel featuring Nic Costa and his colleagues, Dante's Numbers, appeared in October 2008. At the end of 2006 he signed renewed contracts with Pan Macmillan in the UK and Bantam Dell in the US to extend the series to nine books, running to 2012. The titles are published in numerous languages around the world including Chinese and Japanese... and Italian.
He has featured regularly on the speaker lists of leading international book events, including the Melbourne and Ottawa writers' festivals, the Harrogate Crime Festival, Thrillerfest, Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime. He has taught at writing schools around the world and is a regular faculty member for the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference in Corte Madera, California, where he has worked alongside writers such as Martin Cruz Smith and Michael Connelly.
Top Customer Reviews
First of all, don't expect this to be "the missing manual." The author is clear in his introduction that there is a lot more to Scrivener than what he manages to cover-for instance, tools for researchers and screenwriters-but he's just covering what the novelist needs to know, after all. Another caveat to mention is that the book is aimed primarily at Mac, Scrivener 2.0 users, so us Windows kiddies will need to translate some of the commands*, improvise, and resign ourselves to the fact that it is still in Beta, and though it's come a long way, it still has a ways to go before it's ready for prime time. (*But we're PC people, so we don't need to be spoon-fed everything anyway.)
He quickly goes over the basic parts of the program, the Binder, the Editor, and Inspector, covering just as much ground in four or so "pages" (a loose term, given the fluidity of Kindle displays) than what takes the tutorial over a thousand words. I don't need the Header and Footer described at length. I've used word processors before, after all. And there's the manual for everything I want elaboration on.
Next Hewson talks about the Corkboard and Outliner views in terms of their usefulness to novelists, again touching on them just enough to make the writer familiar without having to list every single capability available. As a Windows user, I noticed that the Unplaced Scenes folder he talks about doesn't yet appear in the Beta, but I've gone ahead and added my own folder by the name.Read more ›
Hewson also glosses over some of the trickier aspects of Scrivener by advising the reader to "fix them in Word." It's easier to add chapter headings, he says, in Word. No, actually, it's not. I've struggled for years and have never been able to get this function to work in Word (though other writers say I'm doing it the right way--argh!). I just think Hewson already knows how to do it in Word and doesn't want to learn how to do it in Scrivener, frankly. Come on, no fair. This is a Scrivener book!Read more ›
Throughout this slim volume Mr Hewson points out the aspects of Scrivener that are of use to a novelist, from his point of view, and he is not shy about telling the reader that some of the software's features are of little use to them. But he uncovers hidden gems in the program and details how they can help the writer beyond measure.
Now, I am not a fiction writer. I am a journalist by training and inclination yet I took a very great deal away from Mr Hewson's perspective on writing software and writing and I have no hesitation in recommending the book for non-fiction writers. The sections on how to build reference and source material links to sections of the manuscript and how to organize background material was worth the cost of the book to me.
But I would warn the dilettante writer, the one that has spent years dickering with a manuscript and never finishing it, the one that has never sold to a mainstream market, the one that hallucinates about bestseller riches, that this book is not for them.
Scrivener will not cure your mythical writer's block (there is no such thing for a professional), it will not make the writing easier or faster, but with Mr Hewson's book your writing will become more efficient and you will be able to think more clearly about what it is that you are trying to say.
Highly recommended. And so is Scrivener.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books for the writing program Scrivener, and I have read just about all of them. If you need to learn the program this book will streamline your progress,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by F. Mileti
A book without fluff about how to utilise Scrivener to write fiction. Short, but to the point.
Highly recommended if you use Scrivener.
David Hewson's book gives an incredible overview of writing a novel as well as specific tips. I have used it in assisting my daughter with a novel she is writing and passing on... Read morePublished 10 months ago by deewun
This is a good book focus on the novel writing. I have used scrivener from so long and until I read Hewson book understand several functions and tools of the software applied from... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rodrigo Sandoval Almazan
I think this will be good when I get a handle on it which will take time - I am not quick with new software.Published 11 months ago by Helen Quinn
This book boils down Scrivener for those of us writing novels. It is very helpful for figuring out the best way to use this powerful program.Published 11 months ago by Davis Hewitt
I checked this out to help make a decision about acquiring Scrivener software. It helped somewhat but, in 2015, seems somewhat dated. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer