When I originally gave Scrivener a whirl several years I didn’t know how the software worked. But I read several articles and posts about how other writers put this writing tool to good use. I took my time working through the provided tutorial after which I began using it with increasing regularity.
Over the time I’ve used Scrivener, I shifted to using it for almost all of my writing. I’m so impressed with its usefulness, I’ve begun writing about this software to share my ideas. I’m getting lots of mileage out of blogging with it and used it for my newsletter and other writing projects, including freelance assignments.
Here are 8 ways Scrivener boosts my efforts as a writer:
- I’m better organized from the beginning of projects. Because Scrivener is an organizational tool, I’m able to develop structure from the beginning of the project.
- I can easily make changes to structure. Even though I’m structuring my projects well at the beginning, if I find I need to make big changes I can do so quickly and easily using the binder.
- I can turn out short projects at a faster rate. As I’ve written, I’m using this software for blogging, newsletters in addition to my fiction. Short pieces are easier to plan and execute.
- I can use different media to assist my efforts. I can copy pictures, links, video and other forms of media into a project. This is very effective for visualizing aspects of a project like characters or locations. I place these in a sub-folder within the Research folder.
- Since I’m more organized and faster with short projects I have more time for fiction novels. It becomes an efficiency tool which allows me to spend more time on my longer projects which have more importance than ever these days.
- In relation to number 5, I don’t waste time staring at a blank screen since all the preliminaries are out of the way. As a writer, it’s not a good thing to sit staring at your screen. For me, beginning with organizing the project and working with development tasks means my ideas are so developed that I’m more than ready to write the project when the time comes.
- In relation to number 2, I can edit more effectively which is a plus for a novel. I don’t have the whole manuscript staring at me, just a piece that is manageable. I’ve found that trying to manage a whole manuscript in a single file structure means that I bog down with the entirety of editing. With Scrivener, the book is already segmented and ready for editing.
- It’s my multi-function tool. As I’ve written in earlier posts, the software is so flexible I can use it for any type of writing work. And because it is so powerful a tool I can plan a project like a blog series with growth potential and conversion into a different format as a book – and let’s face it, bloggers like the idea of transforming their blog posts into an e-book.
Bonus Info: Here are links to some helpful templates:
- This Scrivener template is designed for a year of blogs from AllIndieWriters.
- Another template for blogging from Thaddeus Hunt.
If you use Scrivener, how has it improved your writing? If you haven’t started using Scrivener, what’s stopping you? What other usages can you share? Thanks for stopping by Story Empire today. I look forward to your thoughts in the comments section.
Note: I, nor no one with Story Empire, is affiliated with Literature and Latte, maker of Scrivener. If you have support issues or licensing questions, please direct these to the company for proper assistance.