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The wee hours

Yesterday evening I went to a lecture at the Oregon Astrological Association* and then, because it felt like my day was just getting started, stayed up reading and goofing around till 4:00 a.m.

Of course, today I didn't wake up till almost 1:00 in the afternoon, and only a good hard stare at my phone told me that it was Saturday.

I've written 5000 words of backstory for two secondary characters who need work in the Restraint rewrite (Uncle Martin and Mr Braithwaite--I really wanted to find out how they met). This has meant revisiting old research into the Napoleonic Wars, George IV, Brighton, and smuggling on the Channel coast.

In other words, I'm basically just goofing around and enjoying myself.

Who here uses Scrivener? Can anyone describe to me what its advantages are? Other writers wax fannish over it, but I'm frankly finding it unintuitive and more frustrating than exciting. I'm limited to the Linux version, which may be hobbled compared to the IOS and Windows versions, but before I give it up, I'd like to know what I'm failing to appreciate.

And now it's 2:00 a.m. Almost bedtime. :D

*The subject was the Tea Party and the GOP, and it was fascinating.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


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Jan. 12th, 2014 05:39 pm (UTC)
I have the Mac version
but I don't use it yet because I had to get a Scrivener for Dummies book! LOL I bought it because everyone was pushing the index cards bit and the fact you can add photos to your notes, etc.

Hopefully I will learn how to use the damned thing.
Jan. 12th, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
Re: I have the Mac version
I even read the tutorial! And it's awful! My eyes glaze over. Maybe I should look at the For Dummies book, too. I believe the Windows and Linux versions are pretty similar.

I feel like I've jumped on the wrong bandwagon or something. Hee!
Jan. 12th, 2014 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: I have the Mac version
I knew I was in trouble when I was squinting at the tutorial going WHAAAAT? LOL
Jan. 13th, 2014 10:20 am (UTC)
I've read a lot of praise of Scrivener from authors, although from what they've said I suspect the Dummies book is invaluable if only to realise its full potential. I suspect it's of most use when you're starting a book from scratch. I decided a while ago that if/when I have to write another dissertation I'll get it and use it; I'm attracted to the way in which it apparently makes it easy to write scenes (or sections) and move them around.

I'm delighted to see that you're goofing around!
Jan. 14th, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)
I discovered that the public library has a Scrivener how-to book, so I put a hold on it. It's not Scrivener For Dummies but it looks like it might take a slightly different approach than the to-me-utterly-opaque built-in tutorials.

What you say about starting something from scratch is helpful. I think a lot of my confusion about Scrivener is that I started by painfully importing a large, finished work into it, chapter by chapter, and then trying to use that huge binder as the basis for a rewrite. I can see where starting a fresh new document would bring out Scrivener's magic. I gather that people use it as a kind of MindMap-slash-outlining application, from which they can eventually build a whole, finished product, print-ready.
Jan. 18th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
Jonesing to read said backstory! Even if you don't put any of it in the book, you cld share it w some special folks such as us ;)
Jan. 18th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
Ack! I'd sort of love to share it, but it is super under-written. Let me give it some thought...

(And I appreciate your interest! It's so encouraging!)
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