Gwen Hernandez

For Dummies: Scrivener for Dummies (Paperback)

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No matter what you want to write, Scrivener makes it easier.

Whether you're a planner, a seat-of-the-pants writer, or something in between, Scrivener provides tools for every stage of the writing process. Scrivener For Dummies walks you step-by-step through this popular writing software's best features. This friendly For Dummies guide starts with the basics, but even experienced scriveners will benefit from the helpful tips for getting more from their favourite writing software.

  • Walks you through customizing project templates for your project needs
  • Offers useful advice on compiling your project for print and e-book formats
  • Helps you set up project and document targets and minimize distractions to keep you on track and on deadline
  • Explains how to storyboard with the corkboard, create collections, and understand their value
  • Shows you how to use automated backups to protect your hard work along the way

From idea inception to manuscript submission, Scrivener for Dummies makes it easier than ever to plan, write, organize, and revise your masterpiece in Scrivener.


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For Dummies
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Gwen Hernandez
Scrivener for Dummies
Publication Date
August, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches

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Great help for the SCRIVENER program

Still digesting its contents but very satisfied

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I have been a fan of S...

I have been a fan of Scrivener for a number of years now. It was recommended as a favorite Mac writing program and I took a look and then adopted it. To learn it then I spent time with the tutorials and knew then that I barely scratched the surface. Still it was a much better solution then Word, and when Pages came along, Scrivener was still much better to write in. We each have the way we like to configure our space, but the research folder on the left of the main pane became a place to hold so many wikipedia pages that were relevant to my writing, or maps, or place names, and the right side where I could have long lists of places, people and things listed made the software invaluable. Yet as I mentioned, there was more depth here. So the Scrivener community embraced Gwens' book and for a new person it probably has much more detail that is useful than I found. That everything is in one book is handy. What is not is the transition of a Dummie guide where some steps are outlined with a great deal of slowness and formatting, yet assumptions are made about options in this, and not enough screenshots are given. As I remember in the tutorials of the program, an example takes you from start to finish so you can see the use of the program. Gwen needed to do that with two or three different types of writing and as we tackled new aspects of the program in her guide, she could have shown how it all related. Instead she did the disservice of writing that you could use an element without showing how to use that element in such a way. This was clearly a time when screenshots of show don't tell would have been valuable. It will sit close on my shelf when I need to compile, or look up how to keep track of revisions, but it could have been much better.

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