How to Learn Scrivener the Fast Way

by Joel Friedlander on April 28, 2014 · 47 comments

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Okay, so there we were last week, talking about all the potential and hype about Scrivener, the “world’s best word processing program for writers.” But the one nobody seems to be able to figure out very easily.

I promised to show you some of the things I’ve learned about the program, and I’m going to do that in just a minute.

But you really need to know how I “got over the hump” and started to really understand Scrivener and just a few of the amazing things it could do for my productivity as a writer, blogger, and content producer.

A few weeks ago I noticed my friend and colleague Joanna Penn was introducing her readers to Joseph Michael, who also goes by the name The Scrivener Coach.

Turns out, someone had finally figured out how to break down the learning process on this unique software tool. Joseph put over a year into learning every aspect of the program and creating a course that would allow anyone—no matter how much they had struggled before—to learn it.

But with a difference: Learn it fast.

That was the key for me. Forget the 500+ page manuals, the guided tours, the little tutorials. I wanted to get up to speed now. And Joseph delivered, by making one critical decision that made the whole thing work.

He created super short lessons for every aspect of the program. Video lessons that last 1 to 3 minutes. Lessons that are put together in an intelligent way to lead you from one part of the program to the next.

You’re never farther away from a new skill than a couple of minutes. It’s brilliant. I’ve been through almost half the course, and it’s far and away one of the best applied courses I’ve seen anywhere.

So I want you to get the benefit of the work Joseph has put into his course, but I want you to see exactly what’s involved.

Free Training Webinar on Thursday, May 1

Here’s what we’re going to do. On Thursday, Joseph and I are inviting you to join us on a free webinar where Joseph will give instruction on topics like:

  • Ways to get up and running with Scrivener quickly
  • A simple trick for importing and splitting documents into workable sections
  • How to export a book into different forms like ePub, Doc, PDF
  • Hot to setup presets to save you time
  • and some amazing tricks & tips

After the instruction, Joseph will tell you more about his complete training course, but I’ll leave that up to him. He’s got a very easy to follow style, and a clean delivery that I really enjoy.

Michael Hyatt, another Scrivener fan, says this: “I highly recommend the Scrivener Coach course. It’s VERY well done. So worth it.”

And Joanna Penn, who had said beforehand that “I totally admit that even after three years of using Scrivener I still don’t know how to use a lot of it,” said this after using Joseph’s program: “The Learn Scrivener Fast program is the most comprehensive and easy-to-use guide to Scrivener, with short, actionable videos that will help you write more efficiently as well as publish more easily.”

So register for the Webinar, I promise you won’t be disappointed, and there’s no obligation of any kind.

Scrivener Webinar

Now onto my examples.

Scrivener as Organizational Tool

I produce most of my content for this blog, and that’s where my first challenge came from.

It seemed like a lot of authors would like some help with blogging, gathering a community, and finding readers. I’ve written a lot of articles on author blogging but putting them together into an ebook? How was I going to do that?

For about an hour I imagined how I would open each of the 60+ articles in Microsoft Word, how I would start reading each article, locating different bits that could go together, how I would start to cut and paste…

No, that wasn’t going to work. Next I tried to find my editorial shears, so I could print out all the articles and try to arrange them the “old fashioned” way, cutting and literally taping them together. Hey, any port in a storm, right?

Scrivener Binder 1Then I learned how to use Scrivener‘s Binder.

In the binder, which is a lot like those 3-ring binders we used to use in school, there was a special place for “Research” so I just dumped each article into a separate file. I even renamed it to “Blog Posts” because Scrivener just lets you do stuff like that. Here’s what the top of the list looked like:

Next, I created a Table of Contents for the book with all the topics I thought readers would need. I put all those empty files into the “Drafts” folder and arranged them in the order they would come in the book.

Like any contents, I worked on chapters, then on sections within chapters, and so on.

At this point, it was easy to locate the blog post that related to any particular section, go down to the “Blog Posts” part of the binder and grab the text I needed.

I could then just “drop” it onto the contents where it belonged.

Scrivener Binder 2Are you kidding me? Easy, fast, and visual?

In about an hour I had all the posts distributed, and the program showed I had a book of about 39,000 words already written and in place. And simply by looking at the Drafts outline, I could see exactly what remained to be written, because those pages were little blank page icons.

(Scrivener, by the way, is full of these little visual cues you can use to your benefit if you like.)

Here’s what the top of my binder looked like then:

The speed, fluidity, and just plain fun of being able to organize content this was was intoxicating. And it started to give me lots of other ideas about how to use this program.

The pain was gone, I was getting work done quickly, and I was having fun doing it.

Outlining In Your Word Processor? Why Not?

Outlining can be a powerful tool for writers, and most of us nonfiction authors use it at one time or another. A Contents page is a bit like an outline for your book, in a way.

But we also do lots of other projects, and that’s where I was stuck the other day. I’m in the middle of reviewing and revising my Self-Publishing Roadmap video training course to make sure it’s still up to date before I re-launch it.

But it’s a big course with lots of modules, lessons, downloads, etc. After I watched Joseph’s 2:53 video on the outliner in Scrivener, I just had to try it.

Since I had a list of all the modules and lessons, I just set it up in the binder and created both labels and status fields that matched my needs. As I review each piece, I can check off which are fine and which need work, or where I need a new video. Here’s what it looks like:

Scrivener Outliner

Of course, each entry is also a file, so I can drop production notes, points to cover, or other material into the right place just with a drag.

Come to the Webinar to Learn More

Look, Scrivener has turned out to be deeper, more fluid, more adaptable and more capable than I even imagined. But I’m just showing you the tip of the tip of the iceberg here.

If you want to learn more, take advantage of this free webinar and get it from Joseph, he’s the expert. I guarantee you’ll come away with a whole new appreciation of what this software can do for you.

Joseph’s even giving away a free mind map and an 18-page PDF with a step-by-step plan for writing a book in 30 days when you register. You can’t lose.

And if you can’t make it on Thursday, register anyway because there will be a replay available, and any special offers will be available to everyone who registers. Just makes sense. Here’s the link:

Scrivener Webinar

And if you’re wondering if this is for you, here’s what Joseph is calling the Webinar: “How To Use Scrivener To Effortlessly Write, Organize, & Export Your Book Into Various Formats For Printing, Editing, Publishing & More!”

See you on Thursday!

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    Marlena H. August 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Pantser, outliner. I’m kind of bad at both. I write straight through until I hit a speed bump. I don’t move scenes. I leave wide gaping holes in Word documents to tell me I’m not finished with that part yet. Sometimes I even leave large notes to myself in all caps so that I don’t miss it later. You should see some of my word documents.

    I have a handwritten outline on my desk that completes a story I have been working on since 2006, if I ever get around to writing those scenes and posting them for readers of my fanfic series to read. I will. It just might take a while. 2012 was a pretty complicated and awful year for me both emotionally and with my writing.

    Late on November 2nd I came across NaNoWriMo and decided to give it a try, just for fun. Seventy some thousand words and twenty-eight days later November was done and I had some a long way with a story I had been playing with that year.

    It was a mess. That Word file was utterly confusing and scenes where a complete jumble. Early in the month I had downloaded a free trial of Scriveners, but beyond opening it, I hadn’t done anything with it and then the trial had expired. A whole lot of good that had done me.

    One of the “rewards” for “winning” NaNoWriMo was a half off coupon for Scriveners. That brought the price down to $20, but I can be pretty paranoid about spending money. I need to know that something is going to work for me, and I’d wasted the trial. I knew no more about it than I had known when I started, so I started searching the web. There had to be someone out there that addressed it in enough detail to convince me that I either did or didn’t want it.

    I found someone (unfortunately I didn’t keep track of them after that, so I have no idea where I read it). They discussed what scriveners did in enough detail and with enough pictures that I was convinced to buy it. I ran through the training manual, following each step through and then I went about putting that novel I’d written in November into Scriveners.

    Each scene got it’s own page and I could divide them into chapters and play with the scenes that didn’t make sense and move them around until I found an order that worked. This, of course, required me to rip up a couple dozen sheets of printer paper into six pieces and find a lot of space to organize. I told you my outlining skills need work. Eventually I got it organized the way I wanted it.

    I have two favorite things about scriveners. One is a little thing called the “Name Generator” which has a decent amount of names in multiple languages. It has come in handy on occasion and even when it isn’t it’s fun to play with sometimes. The other is a Scriveners file I made which has dozens of character profiles, family trees, birthday lists, and all sorts of other useful things for the series as a whole. It’s much more convenient than the massive folder system I have developed on my computer. I don’t keep multiple stories in any file. Each story that I work on has it’s own file. The series as a whole has one as well.

    Last November I did NaNoWriMo, again and half off on Scriveners was again one of the rewards for winning. I used it to buy my sister a copy for her computer.

    I still Word documents. They have their uses, but this is great for me and my writing. It might not work for you, but I think it is amazing.

    To M. M. Justus – I am left handed. I write left handed. I eat left handed. Throw a softball, cut with scissors, grab my cup to take a drink of my milk, drive (if I absolutely have to use one of my hands for something else), type (when I can’t use both hands), pretty much everything. I am left handed. Then, there is my computer mouse. I suppose I could rig it up to be used left handed, but I’m so used to using it right handed, that would probably throw me for a loop. And yes, it’s a right hander’s world, but other than taking notice when someone actually uses their left hand over their right, I don’t notice very often. I have adapted that right hander’s world to fit my left handed needs. I’m glad that you have found ways to adapt yourself to it. Personally, I think being a lefty is awesome.

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    Jenny Lens May 2, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Whoa, a complaint to PayPal already? When hundreds responded to the webinar? This is the toughest crowd I’ve ever come across. I’ve been online since 1992. I am SURE the ppl behind this are ethical. Joel has been a darling answering so many questions in rather real time. Read all the testimonials about Joel and Josh on their sites. Tech issues arise all the time. Patience is a virtue. Wow.

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    Jenny Lens May 2, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Scrivener sale for Macs and going on for 8 days. Not to be snarky, but click on the link to see when it expires. I just did that an hour ago when I forwarded the Scrivener sale link to a pal. I’ve been telling him about Scrivener for over a yr.

    Next, I Googled to see if for PC. I only found it for Mac, but hey, I didn’t spend a lot of time looking.

    WHY oh why do ppl ask each other rather than clicking on links and Googling?? I ask that all the time. WHY?

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    Cathy Chapman May 2, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Joel, I did sign up for the training under your link but have not been able to get in. No response as of yet to my support email (16 hours). Would you please spur them on to find out why I can’t get into the training program. I sent them copy of my receipt. I tried to get in through the “forgot password” link, but my email address isn’t in the system.

    I would appreciate some help.

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    Joel Friedlander May 2, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Cathy,

    Sorry for the bother, there were so many people involved I think the systems got a little overwhelmed.

    However, we’ve just put up a page with the complete webinar replay and a bunch of bonus content that includes:

    • The complete webinar replay
    • A 1 minute welcome video from Joseph, the Scrivener Coach
    • A fantastic 16 minute video on Scrivener’s compile feature (used to make ebook files) that takes you step by step through the whole process
    • A 5 minute video on integrating Evernote with Scrivener (this trick is amazing, by the way)
    • And a 13 minute “behind the scenes” walkthrough of the actual Learn Scrivener Fast training program so you can see exactly what it’s like and what’s included

    We added all this bonus material because we ran out of time during the live event. Here’s the link:

    Scrivener webinar replay and bonus videos

    Any other questions, let me know.

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    Cathy Chapman May 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Joel, My issue is no one is responding to my problem of having paid for the course and not received any log-in material. I have finally put in a complaint through PayPal hoping someone will do something. If you have any pull with them over there, I’d love to have the course. I don’t want the refund unless they don’t give me my log-in details. I never received a confirmation from them but the money is gone from my PayPal acct. Hoping you can help. You’re the first one who has responded to me.

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    Joel Friedlander May 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Cathy, I’ve forwarded your message to Joseph Michael, and apologize on his behalf for not getting this straightened out sooner. The response was rather large and it may have overwhelmed his systems, but he is an extremely conscientious person and will want to take care of you as soon as possible. (He and his wife also had a baby this week, not sure if that’s slowing him down.)

    Please let me know if you haven’t heard anything by this evening and I will stay on top of this until it’s resolved.

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    Cathy Chapman May 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks so much.
    Can’t imagine how having a new baby would interfere with anything at all. :)

    Jenny Lens May 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for deal link! That’s how I bought Scrivener awhile ago. Half price! Yikes, you can’t beat that. Thanks for ALL the good info and great replies, Joel. You and your staff are really responsive and great. Here’s to fun and productive writing.

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    Jenene Scott May 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Will you be sending out an email with a link to the deal that was offered today. I would love to find where to purchase my copy of Scrivener. Thank you

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    Joel Friedlander May 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Jenene,

    There’s a great deal on Scrivener today (doesn’t have anything to do with the webinar, just a coincidence) here: http://deals.macupdate.com/deal/15678

    Details on the training program and bonuses we talked about on the webinar are here: http://learnscrivenerfast.com/joel/

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    Jenen Scott May 2, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you Joel.
    That is what I call a smoking deal, but before I buy the one from macupdate, is that the Mac version, or is it for PC too? I need it for PC.

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    Joel Friedlander May 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Jenen, I believe that particular sale is over, it was a one-day deal. :-(

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    Widdershins April 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    So looking forward to it!

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    Jenny Lens April 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I emailed files via Facebook. The first, a jpg using a free Chrome extension, shows the opt-in. The next two: PDF and full screen using Snagit: exactly like my screen: NO opt-in. WHY one screen shot shows what I cannot see mystifies me. That’s a first.

    Do whatever you want to do. Just pls don’t assume ppl don’t know what an opt-in looks like. I’m not a newbie. I said I create sites. Even gave you my link to show a site that took a lot of time, thought and skills, plus screen shots and PDF. Not a newbie. :-(

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    Jenny Lens April 29, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I KNOW WHAT AN OPT IN LOOKS LIKE! I WANT THE PDF! ADD MY NAME to yr list AND SEND IT TO ME. AND allow me to send you the screen shot … You have a problem. I sign up ALL the time for mailing lists, opt-ins, etc. Been online since 1992 and making sites since 1994. I even taught web design at colleges.

    HOW many ppl ARE NOT signing up and NOT writing you? This is a big investment of my time: writing you. I am not surprised you cannot replicate this.

    You offer no solution. Let me send you the jpg, but I don’t have yr email addy. :-(

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    Joel Friedlander April 29, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Jenny, I’ve sent you the PDF separately, thanks for taking the time and trouble to point out the problem, much appreciated.

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    Jenny Lens April 29, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    PS Joel, I wrote via your contact about the missing opt-in box from your link to get the 24 pg PDF. I took a screen shot, but your contact form won’t allow attachments. It’s an issue w/your mail program. Some kind of pop-up or something not displaying on my Mac Mt Lion using Chrome, with no extensions blocking pop-ups or forms. I sign up all the time for things. Not a problem on my end.

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    Joel Friedlander April 29, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Jenny, yes I got your mail, thanks very much. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to reproduce the problem, and checking with my mailing list provider, they say 65 people have opted in today, so not sure exactly what the problem is. Here’s what the opt in box looks like on the page that offers the free PDF:

    opt in box

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    Jenny Lens April 29, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Asking if either Scrivener or this webinar suits our needs by relying on other people’s experiences will never satisfy all your questions. We each have our own minds. Do we all like the same music or food or weather? Some love snow, but I can’t imagine it. I don’t even have shoes as I live in sandals.

    The pt of all this: invest some time in the webinar, use the free version and decide for yourselves. Don’t get upset at those who offer suggestions how they use it. How would you feel if someone kept asking you something, and no matter what you said, it was never good enough? You didn’t address their needs or they used another program instead? LET IT GO.

    It’s a $45 program, what do you expect? (Amazing price. Imagine spending $120 yr for Photoshop and Lightroom, going up to $240 next yr. What I’ve spent on 25 yrs of software, oy!). From what I’ve read, the Mac version is more robust and easier to use.

    There’s as many ways to use it as writing genres. If you like another program or have a system which works for you, great! But for those who are struggling organizing documents, writing, or whatever, spend an hour and decide for yourself. Plus you can watch it in replays.

    MANY live webinars don’t answer all your questions. That’s why you PAY TO LEARN more. Hire Josh for an hour to answer your questions. You want free info and then get upset when it doesn’t address all your questions.

    I’ve PAID for MANY classes which the teacher ignored some questions. Either didn’t know the answers, would take too long, or just veered from their planned info.

    I taught computer programs in college. Students often asked: what should I use: Photoshop or Illustrator? I always said: start from the end, what do you want to create? One size does not fit all.

    The beauty of technology are the many tools available. Do you use all the tools in a hardware store? No. I had cordless drills, but the batteries died. I’m using an ancient drill with a cord. Works for me because I cannot justify the cost of a cordless drill because I don’t use it that often.

    Use whatever works for you and stop expecting people who either cannot read your mind or work differently to tell you what or how to use any piece of technology. Be grateful people sharing their experiences.

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    Ellen April 29, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Have looked into Scrivener but haven’t gotten into using it. I signed up for the Webinar but we’re full-time RVers (we live in our RV and travel the country) so I’m not sure if I’ll have wifi access.

    It sounds as though many of the things you’ve described can be done with Evernote or OneNote, which I love and use extensively. I’m curious about what Scrivener might be able to do that these don’t, especially when used (as I do) with Word or Open Office.

    Great idea for the Webinar!

    Thanks!

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    Michael Kelberer April 29, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Hi Joel,
    These questions came up in a LinkedIn writers’ group:
    Will the Webinar cover both Mac and PC versions? Or is there enough overlap so it might not matter?
    If someone doesn’t have Scrivener installed yet, will they still benefit or is there a lot of “follow along”?

    Thanks,
    Michael

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    Joel Friedlander April 29, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Michael, the webinar will mostly focus on the Mac version, since that’s the one Joseph Michael uses. However, I’ve seen the course materials and Joseph has provided extensive training on both versions, including screen shots and specific command sequences where they vary between the two versions. However, most of the problem with Scrivener is in the concepts the program uses, and those are pretty much identical on both platforms. You don’t need to own the software to gain something from the webinar, but do keep in mind that the publisher offers a fully-functional 30-day trial version you can download beforehand if you like.

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    Michael Kelberer April 29, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks Joel – I believe we’ll be getting a few from this group.
    Michael

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    Jenny Lens April 28, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Whoa, no opt-in box for 24 pg PDF. I followed yr link. I even turned off my ad blocker. Not happening. I WISH ppl would use STANDARD tools for offers. I’ve seen this with email signups. I’m using Mac Mt Lion and Chrome. I build sites, but I don’t know what ppl do to their online pages which make it impossible for ppl to sign up!

    I love Scrivener. Instead of a binder, I put docs into a folder. Will be interested to see advantage of binder. But I’ve never looked at any vids nor the manual. Very intuitive for me. I want to learn more advanced features.

    How to sort a list alphabetically (so easy in Word). Plus using the Mac full screen without needing the Control key to get back to regular screen. My Control key is programmed as Command key. So it’s the little things. Plus I’m sure I’m not using it efficiently.

    I LOVE IT! I have several projects. Constantly moving and copying files into it. Love that is DOES work so well w/Word. ANd you can readily drop jpgs and PDFs. How cool is that, to be able to access everything in one screen?WAY better for blogging and book writing, that’s for sure!

    As for those who have a system or write from the start to finish, maybe not so good for them. I create docs FOR MYSELF all the time. I might use for blogging, coaching, and/or books.

    FAB way to sort anything. My initial project is for my punk stories based on my punk photos, to be published. At that pt, I will teach myself how to prep it for Kindle.

    Recipes! How-to. I’m into dreams, crystals, chakras and tarot. That project combines info from online and books, as well as my own journaling.

    Another for yoga and new age. Writing stories about the underbelly of that, but whether I publish it remains to be seen. Mostly for my own healing right now.

    Another for photo creating and the biz end. Maybe for blogging and coaching, classes and books.

    So you can use it for organizing ANY kind of info. Good stuff!

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    Judith April 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Clicked for the 24-page report on self-publishing. It says to enter my name and email in the opt-in box, but I can’t find one. Where is it? What am I missing?

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    Joel Friedlander April 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Judith, not sure exactly what you’re looking for, but if you want the 24-page PDF “10 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing” then you want to click here.

    If you want to register for the webinar and download the bonuses, you need to click here. Hope that helps.

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    Judith April 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Joel,
    Thanks for your answer. However, I also know what an opt-in box looks like (got my first computer in 1986) and neither of those links has an opt-in box. I’ve “reserved my space” twice trying to get the bonuses, and have tried again to get both the bonuses and the self-publishing book. If you can, maybe you want to cancel one of my reservations so someone else can take advantage of that space.

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    Judith April 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Joel

    Just received another email from you with the two bonuses – Mindmap and Write Your Book in 30 Days. Thank you very much.

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    Judith April 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I tried Scrivener’s free trial about a year ago, just before my computer died. I lost many things, Scrivener among them, but hadn’t been able to master the learning curve so I let it go. I know it works because one of the writers in my critique group uses it and raves about it. I’m looking forward to learning how to use it, and will then probably buy the program. What I did when I had it was to write in Word, then copy what I’d written into Scrivener. The hard way, of course.

    Now, if it could just teach my laptop not to switch cursor positions at random as I type, that would be wonderful.

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    Kelly Byrne April 28, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Great help as usual, Joel. Thank you for this. I’ll see you and Joseph on Thursday. Looking forward to it! Thank you both for this offer and your constant supply of important information for indie writers. Your blog is such a vast and valuable resource and I’m eternally grateful for all you do! Looking forward to the book coming out. :)

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    M.M. Justus April 28, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I write fiction. I write fiction from beginning to end, without skipping around, which would really mess my process up. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve moved blocks of text from one chapter to another (in six books and counting so far). I don’t outline, or at least the way I outline wouldn’t work with the way Scrivener’s method has been described to me so far. I don’t want to have all my research and my writing in the same place (I have a system for that which works for me).

    So these things that you’re touting that Scrivener makes easier aren’t of any use to me. What use is Scrivener to someone who writes the way I do? I really do want to know. Thanks!

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    Joel Friedlander April 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Hi M.M.

    It’s hard to say from here. It may be that you don’t really need the kind of functionality that Scrivener provides, but you might want to look into the webinar to see if there’s something that appeals to you, or that would make your process easier, although it sounds like you’ve got it well under control.

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    M.M. Justus April 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Thursday doesn’t work for me. I really don’t want to have to sign up for something if I’m not going to get the benefit of it being live, because I suspect that without being able to ask questions I won’t be able to figure out if Scrivener will be of any use to me. Is there any way it’s ever going to be run on a weekend or an evening?

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    James Shewmaker April 29, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I do not myself have the answer to your question.

    But, I am the moderator of an online community of over 2,200 Scrivener Users. A number of the people in the community are “Pantser” (I hope I spelled that right) fiction writers. They could explain to you why they use it.

    https://plus.google.com/communities/109597039874015233580

    However, in the meantime you might want to look at three articles that I found by searching across the web as to reasons why some Pantsers use Scrivener.
    http://ejrunyon.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/a-pantsers-use-of-scriveners-scene-cards/
    http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/write-tip-6-advantages-of-scrivener-for-pantsers/
    http://garridon.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/awesome-scrivener-for-windows-hacks-for-pantsers/

    I hope this is helpful.

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    M.M. Justus April 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I have to say those posts you referenced make some — to me — really odd assumptions about pantsers. Like moving scenes around. I can’t remember the last time I moved a scene from one place in the story to another.

    This whole exercise reminds me of the time I googled “lefthandedness” (I’m nominally lefthanded, but all I do with that hand is write, eat, and do needlework) and was astonished at all the folks who were complaining about things I had no trouble with, like finding good lefthanded scissors, etc. Then I started thinking. Scissors, righthanded. Power tools, righthanded. And so forth and so on. I’d never realized how few things I actually do lefthanded.

    I know why I’m being so persistent about this. It really bugs me that Scrivener sounds so interesting but was so unwieldy and confusing when I downloaded it. And that people keep saying how useful it is and then start listing all these things they do with it that I simply don’t see the need for. I want Scrivener to be for me. I want the usefulness everyone else gets from it. But I can’t wrap my head around how it would be so good for my process when the things people keep enthusing about over it are things I don’t do.

    I want someone with a process like mine to tell me why they think it’s wonderful . Anybody out there who doesn’t outline and just writes straight from beginning to end who already has good conversion to ebook and print versions who loves Scrivener and is willing to tell me why?

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    Radical Centrist April 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Any chance of holding one of these webinars on a Saturday or Sunday? I’d love to do one but they’re always scheduled on a weekday during business hours. Thursdays at 4:00 I’m at work – and I can’t do the webinar whilst at work. Alternatively, a weekday but in the evening would be a possibility. Anything other than M-F 9-5.

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    Joel Friedlander April 28, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Radical, if you register for the webinar, you’ll automatically be sent a link to the replay after the event, so you can watch it at your leisure.

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    Carol Buchanan April 28, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Does Scrivener accept Word files? Does it make some sort of ugly translation from Word to a .txt file? Can we easily and smoothly return from .txt to .doc or .docx? Are the file sizes smaller in Scrivener? How does it handle files up to 400 MG? How compatible are Word files and Scrivener’s native file format?

    Does the webinar plan on answering some of these questions? I’m signed up for it, but I’d also like to know the techy stuff.

    Thanks,
    Carol

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    Joel Friedlander April 28, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Hi Carol, yes, Scrivener imports Word files, there’s no “ugly translation.” In fact, this process is one Joseph is going to demonstrate in the webinar. I’m not sure about file size limitations, but we can find out.

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    Carol Buchanan April 28, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Thank you, Joel! I’m looking forward to the webinar!
    Carol

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    Corina Koch MacLeod April 29, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Carol,
    As an editor, I’ve had those same questions (most editors edit in Word). I’ve found that in the Windows version, anyway, the Scrivener-to-Word process as been somewhat bumpy (I’ve been having to do a lot of clean-up in Word). I’ve signed up for Joseph Michael’s course to see if I can figure out if I’m missing some important information—and I’m glad to hear that Joseph will address this issue in the Webinar.

    I will say this, though, Joseph Michael’s course has lots of great information, divided into manageable chunks, and presented in a way that makes sense for learning software. He’s also terrific about answering questions.

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    Jason Matthews April 28, 2014 at 6:53 am

    raises hand I’ve been putting off learning this for too long. See you Thursday.

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    Jerry Lobdill April 28, 2014 at 5:35 am

    I bought Scrivener about a year ago after I had begun writing my book, “Last Train to El Paso–the mysterious unsolved murder of a cattle baron” but just couldn’t get up the learning curve in time, so I wrote my book in MS Word. But I quickly saw what a powerful tool Scrivener would be.

    This opportunity is exactly what I need!!! Thanks so much!!!

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    Geraldine Evans April 28, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Fab! Just what I need. I’ve struggled with Scrivener and given up. Registered! Thank you and Joseph so much for this.

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    Joseph Michael April 28, 2014 at 4:11 am

    You’re welcome Geraldine and you’re not alone. Can’t wait to see on the webinar!

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