Scrivenerd.

Haha, get it? Because I am going to talk about Scrivener but I wrote ScriveNERD as the title for this post. Like a joke, you know. Awesome.

When I went to Rose City Comic Con, two of my favorite writers, Greg Rucka and Kelly Sue DeConnick, mentioned that they use a word processor called Scrivener. Needless to say, I had to try it. I have been using it for a few weeks now and I love the way it changed my writing. Scrivever is just super convenient. You can put all your files in one project so that you that can access everything immediately. You can add webpages, pictures. whatever, and everything is organized in folders. What I like the most is the ability to move pages or group of pages around so that you can rearrange the order of scenes.

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From Michael J. Sullivan’s website.

 

It changed the way I write. I am tackling a pretty large project. I am writing one of those big epic Comic Book stories I had in mind for a while and my goal is to write all the scenes and moments that are in my head to be edited and organized later. Scrivener allows me to do just that. For each scene, a folder, and here we go. I don’t feel like I have to write things in order like I did in Word and, again, all those scenes and drafts and notes are all in the same place and can be looked at simultaneously. I even imported my older documents into Scrivener. Oh, and the index cards, awesome. And the side bar to write notes, excellent. Oh, and the customizable auto-fill so that you only write that character’s name once, super awesome.

There is a free 30 days trial, well worth it. First go through Scrivener’s tutorial and then, if you write Comic Books, follow Antony Johston’s tutorial. I did both in one afternoon, it is a lot to take in at first, but after a few days of using it, you’ll be able to tell whether or not Scrivener is for you.

-N

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