- 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: #75,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Writing a Novel with Scrivener Kindle Edition
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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
This might be a good book but I will never know because the Scrivener template on the author's website will not open. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donald W. Ray
As helpful and informative as we have come to expect from Mr Hewson :)Published 5 months ago by Nicholas J. Ordinans
Excellent, practical usage of Scrivener for novel writing. Hewson skips all the tens of dozens of features that don't apply to the novel format. Read morePublished 7 months ago by RichWords
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 10 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 19 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 19 months ago by Rodrigo Sandoval Almazan