Edward Owen – Author

Tools of the Trade: Scrivener

My apologies for not posting last week. Life got the better of me and I found myself ill prepared to deal with everything. It happens. Working on getting caught up, but for today, at least there is a blog post. Small victories.

If you are an author in any genre and you have not checked out Scrivener, you owe it to yourself to do so. Published by Literature and Latte, Scrivener was designed to help writers get words on the screen/page. Period.

If you’ve ever written a novel, screenplay or other lengthy work, you know how difficult it can be to keep all your research notes and various versions of you beloved WIP organized. I’m a big computer geek; I can whip up folders and files like nobody’s business but even I found it frustrating to keep track of everything, not to mention switching between all the files. Scrivener solves this problem by keeping everything at your fingertips in an area called ‘the binder’.  Photos, websites, character and setting sketches are neatly organized right below the pages of your manuscript. This is especially handy if you are writing a number of books in a series. All your notes on recurring characters, not to mention each individual manuscript are readily accessible at the click of your mouse.

With Scrivener’s search function, you can locate any specific text string across your entire series of books. There are far too many features to list in one blog post, but you can try the fully functioning program free for thirty days. You’ll love it and wonder how you ever got along without it. There is a set of tutorial videos that make learning a breeze. www.literatureandlatte.com Available for both PC and Mac. Yeah! Until next time, Dear Readers, Scary typing.

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