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Scrivener Superpowers: How to Use Cutting-Edge Software to Energize Your Creative Writing Practice Kindle Edition
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"Scrivener changed my life as a writer and it's the one tool I would struggle to live without. Matt's book will help those new to Scrivener make the most of its features without getting overwhelmed." --NY Times bestselling author Joanna Penn
"Before you write your next book, read this one first. I highly recommend Scrivener to authors, but it can be a little hard to learn. Finally, we have a guide worthy of the work ahead of us."--Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Goins
"Scrivener is arguably the writing tool of the age, but it's no good to writers if they can't understand it. In this book, Herron does an admirable job of laying the groundwork for authors just starting out in Scrivener. It's all here: what the program does, how to use it, how to access the 'secret' features, and, just as importantly, how to implement it into good writing habits." --Amazon bestselling author K.M. Weiland
"You want to write a book and finish it, so you need the right software to help you do it. That's where Scrivener comes in. But you also need to know how to use it. Scrivener Superpowers is itself a superpower and will help you unlock yours! It's more than just a reference manual, it's a solution to your writing problems." --Amazon bestselling author Bryan Hutchinson
From the Author
- ASIN : B01AGRFK8S
- Publisher : The Write Practice; 2nd edition (January 10, 2016)
- Publication date : January 10, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 10011 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 271 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #147,813 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you want to learn about Scrivener there are two good books and a thorough online manual. The books are Scrivener for Dummies and Scrivener: Absolute Beginner's Guide.
In case my introduction was too subtle, this book was a waste of my money and my time.
It's a quick read. I finished it in a couple hours (I confess that I skipped the author testimonials and went straight to what I was looking for: the instructions and insights into the application).
Just to be clear, this book is no replacement for the Scrivener manual. It gives information in broad strokes, and specifics in certain areas, particularly with regard to the features and flexibility that make Scrivener so powerful but somewhat confusing to new users (like me). It doesn't cover the length and breadth of the software. The author's focus appears to be getting the reader/writer up and running in the application with a minimum of fuss, and in this regard, the book is very successful.
The author also includes lots of links to supplemental information for authors. Of particular use to me is Herron's very own No Nonsense Novel Template. It's much better and far more comprehensive than the default template that comes with the program, and I plan on using it (with some minor modifications) for my own writing projects.
If you are an author looking for software made for writers, or an author wannabe (like me), you should get Scrivener, and immediately after that I recommend buying Scrivener Superpowers, by M.G. Herron.
The tutorial included with Scrivener did not give me a helpful overview. Nor did I find the manual in the help section helpful at my stage of the game. I've now found some other more helpful things, but Herron's book gave me the best overview I've found, more logically laid out. But this is far more than simply an overview. It is a substantial and detailed manual for Scrivener. Certainly it's not comprehensive, but he got me far enough that I think I can handle things on my own.d
It really helped to have his explanation that however you customize the editor, that customization does not lock in the output. The output is controlled by the compiler, which itself is highly customizable. And he walks you through several output formats controlled by the compiler. He even tells you that for a Kindle e-book, you need a download from Kindle (he gives you a link) which then appears as an option for the compiler output. He also has a good section (that doesn't show up in the table of contents) on how to structure a non-fiction book in the chapter on How to Structure Your Story. He helpfully explains usage of the cork board and the inspector (the why as well as the how). And he explains importing files you may already have on your computer.
I wish I had started with Scrivener Superpowers instead of Scrivener's tutorial. I suggest you do so.
Full disclosure - I didn't read any of the part on Scrivener for Mac. But I assume it's equally helpful.
Learning to use the sotware is easy with the help of this book. Scrivener is great at making it easy to organize the book writing process - both for fiction and non-fiction. All the reader needs to add is their imagination and creativity. I am a longtime Word user but Scrivener is much less cumbersome to use for long documents. Revising and reordering sections of the document is a easy to do.
The book has separate sections for Mac and Windows users. I found it to be a great purchase.