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message 1: by Sean (new)

Sean O'Hara (SeanOHara) | 2342 comments Literature and Lattes is offering a special trial version of Scrivener for NaNoWriMo. Instead of working for 30 days like the normal trial version, this one will last until 7 December, so anyone participating will be able to complete their story with it. Anyone who completes 50,000 words will get a 50% off coupon to purchase the program.

If you don't know what Scrivener is, it's a word processor designed specifically for authors, with features for keeping notes, organizing research, and managing your manuscript. It'll even export the final version as an ebook you can upload straight to Amazon.


message 2: by Michele (new)

Michele | 1154 comments Oh thanks for the heads up. I was going to wait until Nov 1 to get it, but was worried I might waste a lot of time trying to figure it out. Nice to get it now and fiddle with all the features before the big crunch.


message 3: by Alex (new)

Alex Ristea (alexristea) | 654 comments This program is worth every penny.


message 4: by Manda (last edited Oct 11, 2014 09:57PM) (new)

Manda | 34 comments Alex wrote: "This program is worth every penny."

Second that! Scrivener is great, especially for longer projects.


message 5: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Morgan (sayselizabeth) | 128 comments I want to love Scrivener and I just...don't. I really prefer to write in Word.

When I lose my PhD thesis because of Word, I will cry. But I will probably still use it.


message 6: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments Elizabeth wrote: "I want to love Scrivener and I just...don't. I really prefer to write in Word.

When I lose my PhD thesis because of Word, I will cry. But I will probably still use it."


Dude, back up those files. You're making me nervous just thinking about. Flash drives are cheap.


message 7: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Morgan (sayselizabeth) | 128 comments Trike wrote: "Elizabeth wrote: "I want to love Scrivener and I just...don't. I really prefer to write in Word.

When I lose my PhD thesis because of Word, I will cry. But I will probably still use it."

Dude, ba..."


Flash drives, email, cloud, multiple computers, actual dead-tree copies. I got it covered, don't worry ;)


message 8: by Sky (new)

Sky | 657 comments I was about to ask, how is Scrivener for keeping track of notes, links, references, etc for writing non-fiction, like dissertations and journal articles? Works as well as with fiction?


message 9: by Tina (new)

Tina (javabird) | 564 comments Does anyone know if there is a Scrivener-compatible iPad app?


message 10: by Darren (new)

Darren Tina wrote: "Does anyone know if there is a Scrivener-compatible iPad app?"

They're still working on it, afaik.


message 11: by Bob (new)

Bob | 1 comments Sky wrote: "I was about to ask, how is Scrivener for keeping track of notes, links, references, etc for writing non-fiction, like dissertations and journal articles? Works as well as with fiction?"

I use Evernote for this. It's purpose built for these tasks, and it's free.


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 2298 comments Sky wrote: "I was about to ask, how is Scrivener for keeping track of notes, links, references, etc for writing non-fiction, like dissertations and journal articles? Works as well as with fiction?"

I love how you can compare two drafts, turn notecards into an outline, etc. It really has a lot of heavy-writing functionality that some of the professors where I work swear by. I'd try it out.


message 13: by Christopher (new)

Christopher B. | 56 comments I prefer OneNote for keeping track of my notes though it isn't free. It's only $11 bucks a month including taxes and such.


message 14: by Alex (new)

Alex (AlexCPierce) | 47 comments Bob wrote: "I use Evernote for this. It's purpose built for these tasks, and it's free. "

Evernote actually links up with Scrivener wonderfully! I've been a hardcore Scrivener + Evernote user since NaNo 2012 and I can't imagine writing any other way. It's become part of my process.


message 15: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments I downloaded Scrivener and was quite excited to try it out, but it seems far too buggy at the moment. I guess the Windows version is a beta or something?

Anyway, some of the features I was most interested in either don't exist (no auto-generating synopses on index cards) or they simply don't work (word counts).

I checked the forums and the word count thing is something they've known about for a number of months but is still not working. The latest post of someone having that issue is from yesterday. My first chapter -- which I know has more than 1700 words in it -- Scrivener says only contains 2.

Each time I rerun the word count operation, I get a completely different number. At this point, it's just easier to use MS Word and keep a daily tally on the notebook next to my computer.

Maybe the Mac version is more stable and has more features, but the Win version is a definite pass.


message 16: by Dustin (last edited Nov 02, 2014 09:31PM) (new)

Dustin (Tillos) | 365 comments Trike wrote: " which I know has more than 1700 words in it -- Scrivener says only contains 2..."


I find Text Stats is glitchy or at least doesn't work on folders. That sounds like what's happening. If I go to text stats and click on a folder it says 2 words because its only counting the header "Chapter One" and not the rest of the folder. The word counter on the bottom bar works well for me.

I really like how you can set a word count goal for each session (in the Project Menu). I'm reversing the use so I know if I've exceeded what I can allow for each scene since I'm doing short stories.


message 17: by Chakara (new)

Chakara | 179 comments I've been using my trail version of scriv. for over a year. I still have 10 more days.


message 18: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments I spent over 10 hours learning the program only to have two of the features I was most interested in not work. That's a terrible ROI.


message 19: by Ken (new)

Ken (kanthr) | 334 comments Alex wrote: "This program is worth every penny."

I'm using the trial and love the workflow. I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone but it definitely appeals to the way I think, construct and organize ideas, and write.


message 20: by Tina (new)

Tina (javabird) | 564 comments Has anyone tried the iPad version of Scrivener? I'm wondering if it works with the Mac trial version.


message 21: by Darren (new)

Darren Tina wrote: "Has anyone tried the iPad version of Scrivener? I'm wondering if it works with the Mac trial version."

In that second sentence, does "it" refer to the iPad version or the iPad itself?

i.e., are you asking whether the iPad will work with the Mac version of Scrivener (no), or are you asking whether the iPad version of Scrivener has some sort of conflict synching with the Mac trial version of Scrivener?


message 22: by Tina (new)

Tina (javabird) | 564 comments Sorry if I was unclear. I was asking if the iPad version of Scrivener will sync with the Mac version -(either regular or trial version).


message 23: by Ken (new)

Ken (kanthr) | 334 comments I think they say it does on their website. I could be wrong, but I believe the Mac version was made first before PC.


message 24: by Alex (new)

Alex (AlexCPierce) | 47 comments The iPad and Mac versions of Scrivener work quite well together provided you have DropBox. I've been using both for about 6 weeks now without any issues aside from getting used to touching the screen in iPad Scrivener.


message 25: by Tina (new)

Tina (javabird) | 564 comments Scrivener is on sale for Black Friday in the Mac App Store for $33.99.


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