A Novel Approach

I was tempted last November to sign up for NaNo (NaNoWriMo or National Write a Novel in Month Month). But I didn’t. Seems I’m always way too busy in November to take on something like writing a novel . . . for heavens sake! And why don’t they have NANO during one of those flat-lined months like October or June when there’s not a whole heck of a lot happening? Why park it right in the midst of Thanksgiving, on the doorstep of Christmas? Seems like a good way to set yourself up for failure if you ask me.

But nobody asked me. And other writers are doing it. LOTS of them. If you read the book Water for Elephants, you might know that it was born during a NANO. And I imagine there are countless others I don’t know of.

Suffice to say that someday I will do it. Regardless of my personal views on its timing.

But NANO is not what I want to talk about here.

I want to talk about Scrivener, an application I am trying to learn. Scrivener is an organizational tool for words, thoughts, research and the like, used by screenwriters and authors. The Windows version was recently released and I heard so many great things about the MAC version, that I wanted to try it out.

The first thing I was impressed with was the amount of time Scrivener let me play in its sandbox. I was given a thirty day trial period which kept tally of my actual days of use rather than just clicking off days of the calendar. So my thirty days turned into a few months while I toyed around with it, read through the documentation and decided whether I wanted to invest the $40.00.

I did and I’ve since imported my novel into it and am busy putting it to practical use. The problem is that, while there is a lot of help for the MAC version, I’m having a hard time finding any books or tutorials specific to the Windows version. Sure there are a couple books in the works with release dates of April and July. But I need help NOW!

So I did what I always do and went spelunking: my term for cruising the Internet, surfing the web . . . whatever. And, while I didn’t find much help for the new Windows version of Scrivener, I did find this -something I’m going to tuck away for the future. Something I thought I’d share with you other novel writers out there:

Oh.. and lest I should forget: I also found out that they are working on an IPAD version of Scrivener! Something I’m excited about because I have one of those.

And lest I forget part two: if anyone can point me to tutorials or books on Scrivener for Windows, I’ll vow my eternal love. In a purely platonic way, of course.

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