Scrivener Fun and Games

Posted by on November 4, 2013 in computers | Comments Off on Scrivener Fun and Games

I spent all day Saturday at the Washington Romance Writers’ monthly meeting, where we had speaker Gwen Hernandez share her knowledge about Scrivener.  Gwen has literally written the book about Scrivener (Scrivener for Dummies), and I was truly looking forward to the double class (morning session on basics; afternoon session on building ebooks using Scrivener.)

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m a long-time Scrivener user.  I’ve written my last eight books entirely on Scrivener, and I’ve fiddled with it on probably a half-dozen more.  (When I first started using the software, I couldn’t figure out the first thing about it, and I reached out to fellow writer, Tobias Buckell, who generously sent me a draft of one of his novels, so I could see what he had done!)

Even with my background, I learned a *lot* in Gwen’s class.  There were at least half a dozen functions that I’d never “seen” before — buttons that I’d overlooked, views I’d never used, etc.  And when she reviewed the Compile function, I felt like scales were falling from my eyes — I’ve become so confused with all the vast strength of that function, and I’ve never made it work properly, but her step-by-step explanations just Made Sense.

I came home Saturday night and fiddled with files, making them do everything *I* wanted them to do (instead of what they seemed inclined to do on their own.)  And for the first time ever, I compiled a novel into Word, and I didn’t need to make a single change in the print-ready output.

So, all in all, a really useful Saturday.

How about you?  How was your weekend?