A Different View of Word Processing

Real Estate Technology with Carmody and Associates LLC

I have offered my view (but not too often and not too loud) of a product which I believe to be of general interest.  I am not an affiliate of this product, nor am I compensated in any way for my opinion.  The following is a brief description of  Scrivener, a very different sort of word processor - which is not for everybody.  For normal documents that I produce, I reach for Microsoft Word with great pleasure.  I have been using Word for, nearly three decades and I am a very satisfied supporter of the product. But when I need to produce a long document, I reach for Scrivener.

TypewriterScrivener is a tool for writers - for creators of novels, short stories, screenplays, non-fiction and, surprisingly, for attorneys (although some may feel they fit into the fiction category).  All of these writers of long documents can benefit from Scrivener.  It is customizable to your writing style and methods and it tracks lengthy documents with remarkable ease. 

Scrivener organizes your files into a binder that is displayed on screen.   Each sub-file may represent a chapter in your book or a scene in your screenplay or any block that may appeal to your particular writing style.  The binder produces structure as you organize your "Great American Novel".  In addition, you may organize your thoughts into corkboard index cards or an outline creator.  Each card or outline entry may represent a chapter or scene in your binder to whatever level of detail you find useful.  All of these options interact with each other. Research material can be saved in separate files and displayed on a split-screen when you need it. Non-printing files can be stored in the binder such as descriptions of characters or setting.  It can track your progress and, if you wish, nag you into a writing schedule based on a completion date that you set.

Scrivener is a writer's tool that was designed by writers to be powerful but flexible.  It encourages you but does not bind your creativity.  If seems to be infinitely adjustable rather than one size fits all.  If you are (or want to be) a writer, it will change your life. (for approximately $50)

cheersThe reason that I mention Scrivener to you at this time is that Literature and Lotte, the developers of Scrivener, who have, it seems to me, always favored the MAC version of their program, are about to release an updated version of their program for the PC crowd.  It is in the final stage of Beta testing.  So search for Scrivener on YouTube for numerous tutorials and see what you think.  You may download a free trial from their site and I hope you share my enthusiasm for the product.  If you purchase the PC version at this time, I believe you will receive the upgrade to the new version without cost. YouTube does have tutorials based upon the new version as well as the previous versions.




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