Writing Tips for Fiction and Non-Fiction with Scrivener

hi I'm Johanna pen from the creative pen comm and today I'm going to tell you a bit about how I write fiction and nonfiction and the writing tool that changed my life and I hope you'll find this really useful so first up if you don't know anything about me very quickly I'm I write two different things I write fiction kind of dark fiction Stephen King ish and action-adventure under jf pen so I write I definitely like novels and write novellas I have box sets under fiction and then I also write nonfiction under johanna pen and for the creative pen audience he would generally authors writers creatives that type of thing so I write both fiction and nonfiction and I wanted to share a bit about both in this video so before we go into the actual writing I get a lot of questions and in fact a lot of writers get questions about where do you find your ideas and how do you do research so just a couple of things that might help you with writing your books so first of all for nonfiction there are two main directions a guest to comment for your ideas and your research so first of all is solving a problem or filling a need in the market so for example I wrote how to mark in a book mainly because I you know I wanted to encapsulate everything I'd been learning myself but solving the problem of how to market a book for authors specifically now I've I've included here on the screen the screen shot of Amazon now Amazon is a search engine and this is a really good tip for nonfiction authors in particular you can also use it if your fiction but for nonfiction in particular if you go into you Amazon Doc I would start with amazon.com and go change the little search bar put it into Kindle Store or two books and then start typing something what will happen is you'll get this drop down and the drop down are the most popular searches on Amazon and we think that it's in order so here you can see how to be a and if you start I just go through the alphabet you know how to be a how to be up B and what will happen is your either drop-down of what people are actually searching for so you can see here you could write a book called how to be a CEO and people are actually looking for that so it's a really good tip for nonfiction authors have a look at what people are actually searching for you can also use this if you're writing your own books from the other perspective which is you're sharing your expertise or you're starting from a place of I'm sharing my own you know my own interest my own expertise and then make sure the title fits the Amazon keyword so I did that with my book career change we'll talk a bit more about this in marketing which is a later video but essentially you can start by actually looking at what people are looking for and then write a book or you can have a look at what you are and who you are what your experience is and then write a book from that angle or serve your existing market so again when I wrote a book on public speaking 95 percent of that book is applicable to anyone who wants to do public speaking but I chose to target it directly at authors creatives and other introverts so that was kind of my niching down of the public speaking book alright so in terms of ideas and research for fiction this is I think quite different quite different in a number of ways so first of all I do think that it's about what you read so I've included sort of dark feature there of Jekyll and Hyde from the British Library recently and exhibition about Gothic literature and I read pretty dark books I also read action-adventure so you know Stephen King is my favorite author so I really think that first of all what you want to write fiction wise will come out of the milieu of what you're reading so often you know people write what I think you know you write what you love to read so that's a kind of broad aspect and then the second thing is what fascinates you what do you love reading about in terms of research or what do you want to do with your research so for me I and that's one of my own pictures from the Sagrada famĂ­lia in Spain which I went to you on a research trip and is the opening scene of my book gates of Hell so basically what I do is I like to go to a lot of actual physical places so that British Library exhibition about Gothic literature but loads of ideas there I always carry a notebook so I put things in my notebook or I also put stuff in the phone so I take a lot of pictures which I put on Pinterest I've put my link there for Pinterest I have a board for every single book and I'll share pictures there from my research I'll also read a lot of books about things so right now I'm researching a book about my book deviance which is set in London and I'm researching the the Southwark and the sex trade basically in London so it's a really interesting and I can go went on a trip last weekend and walked around the back streets of London where where the Globe Theater was when Shakespeare was there and you know found some really interesting stuff crossbones graveyard that type of thing so I I personally do a lot of research in person but you can do a lot of that online now so if you live in the middle of nowhere you can do a lot of stuff online Flickr for example YouTube or YouTube's brilliant I am in gates of hell I have a scene scuba-diving in the Dead Sea which is you know incredibly salty and you can actually dive it and it's not fun but I found the video on YouTube of scuba diving in the Dead Sea and use that in my book because of course I haven't done it myself and don't want to so you can do field trips you can do research online but I would always be looking for what fascinates you so like this morning on the online news I was reading there was they've just rebuilt this ice church in Transylvania now when I hear ice church in Transylvania that to me I want to write about that there's got to be an idea there somewhere so for me it's about and I capture ideas on my phone I use things app which is fantastic and I just note down ideas and I also have a lot of notebooks I probably fill five or six notebooks a year at the moment with ideas and I'll go through the ideas but it's amazing how things come up later you think you think things are lost but then they reimagine your mind so so in fiction put better stuff in and great stuff comes out so when if you feel you have writer's block go on a research trip that would be my my tip and the same with nonfiction for example you know that book about how to be CEO unless you are a CEO you're gonna have to do some research so in that case you could interview CEOs there's a great interesting book called the eventual millionaire by Jaime tardy and that's done through research with millionaires right now I don't believe she is one but she can write that because she interviewed them so research I think is really important whatever your writing okay so let's actually talk about the writing now this is the life changing tool for me and many writers and that is Scrivener and if you already use Scrivener I'm going to show you how I particularly use it in this video but also if you haven't got it seriously it's life changing and I hope I convinced you to get it it is only u.s. dollars forty five forty five dollars and what's at about 30 2530 pounds and from what I'm going to show you you will realize that this is incredible investment I didn't use Scrivener I didn't know about Scrivener for my first novel Pentecost and but ever since then those are all the books I've written up till now they are all done on Scrivener and with the extra bonus of being able to do box set which I will talk about in a bit okay so I'm gonna I'm gonna show you some slides but I'm also going to show you my own Scrivener files so hopefully there we no spoilers for my books okay so first of all when you first get Scrivener what you can do is you know you basically oh create new and you can use templates so you can create novel templates non-fiction templates and that includes you know a general nonfiction book and it also academic papers and that type of thing so that's pretty exciting and then what that does is actually creates you know then you just fill in the blanks so you can see here with the binder you can fill in the blanks of the different stuff so that's really cool and I just wanted to kind of give you that up front because the templates other things that can save a lot of time when you're actually doing stuff and really the most kind of life-changing thing for me with Scrivener is that I don't believe many of us write in order you know you don't know it's especially with nonfiction but even with fiction so with nonfiction for example I just brain dump stuff and fill in the blanks so I will show you a book I'm writing at the moment called mindset so here we are actually in Scrivener and I wanted to show you in terms of when a book is in progress nonfiction book for example this is how I get started with a nonfiction book so author mindset is not the title it's a rough idea of what I want to write about and essentially this is I feel like I want to write about the psychology of writing so that will be the approximate book then what I do is I basically just stick a whole load of things in here so what so great about Scrivener is you don't have to write in chapters in order like msword it's just a nightmare because you can't you know what's very difficult to restructure things and you know cut cut and paste it it's just not designed for it whereas what you can do with Scrivener so say I want to add something new I just add that there and I want to write I'll just write something new for now I just add that in and it's like a placeholder so when you're doing nonfiction like one of the first things you do is it's this brain dump of everything you kind of want to write about and then you know for example I've got here allowing yourself to write rubbish and that's the first draft material which is actually kind of meta because that's what we're talking about and a few quotes here that I'm kind of keeping and at this point I don't know what I will keep and what I will leave behind so for example this fear of judgment this is a blog post I wrote that I've copied and pasted indiscriminate but how do I know that my writing is good enough I actually have start did writing this chapter so all I do and you can see it's not particularly done yet so when I first so I just come in here I chuck a whole load of top-level titles and then of course what I might do at some point is decide that actually that vulnerability chapter I should go down there and that's the magic I mean if you're if you write out of order like I deal with for fiction and nonfiction that is magic because what you can do is when you compile it which is you because you basically write it in these little documents and then when you're ready to compile you just do file compile and you can compile in a whole load of different formats here which we're going to come back to in a minute but essentially if you want to change the order all you do is you drag the file somewhere else and recompile but in terms of the structuring what I do then is you know you can actually for example I've put mine into some of the things y'all experienced as an author and the mindset you need to survive and then how to change don't believe the hype or the misery but again I'm just creating that as a one-liner and then I'll fill in the blanks so then what I do is I actually progress through the book is I change the label and the flags on the document so for example here I can change the icon and what I normally do is I make it a yellow one so when I say I'm happy with that chapter as a first draft I will change the flag to yellow and then what I will do is once I have when all my little flags are yellow so either I have written this and it's not really a chapter so much as you can put them in two chapters later it could be a scene in fiction but for non fix you're just kind of chucking it down there so see I only end up with these three lines on this one well that can maybe I just take that out there and I put it in this one instead so you can do lots of dragging and dropping around and changing stuff and then with the flags you can you can use that functionality okay so the idea is the same with fiction and you can see here this is a book that I've had some ideas about but I have actually started writing it you can see the large pane of white but what I've started doing here is adding seeing kind of ideas which is what I do I normally come up with like a one-liner or a few lines per scene now this is the inspector you can turn it off and you can also write in full-page mode but you can add it in it's a really good tool for for sort of planning and plotting depending on how much you do that I'm trying to do it more but essentially again you can see like what I've got here is before and then arriving at the Edinburgh Festival and a bit about the crazy festival and the fortune teller character so I've had a few ideas for scenes now this is meant to be a full-length book so I need a lot more scenes for me as scene is around two thousand words I have some recommendations for scenes a bit later but essentially this is you can see I've used the novel formats which has come from the templates and then I add in the various scenes also you can have character templates which is cool so you can drag in pictures and again I this is a really new file so I haven't filled in very much but you can also have the city so that's using the actual template and you can see again I've not written anything here just on the compose mode all you do is you just click that and you've got a blank screen to start typing all of your words which is fantastic okay so that's basically when I'm actually starting writing it looks a bit like this now then you write obviously and we will later on in this series you'll share some tips around productivity and things but essentially you get on with writing I will share right now that one of the things I really like is this project targets so essentially you can say I want my manuscript is going to be let's say 70 thousand words and on a session and then you have a choice you can either they like my deadline to say I want my deadline to be 15th of April 2015 I can say I write six days a week or you can say write five days a week and it will automatically calculate so if I want to write 70,000 words it would I have to write that many words six days a week to get to that goal and then as you write stuff you you get a little green a red bar that turns green as you meet your goal and that's awesome that's really handy so let's look at a book that is finished so this is gates of hell essentially so you can see here this is a this is a finished and published book very exciting so I have a title page no I didn't use the template for this I just used my own template so you don't need to use those templates you can work it out for yourself so essentially just going into the prologue here so you can see the writing is there and on the right I've got this is at the beginning you can see how that mapped into that first novel I just showed you that the murder happens and then these document notes are actually from my editor and essentially on when when I've done that first draft my editor gives me some notes and I use that to do the rewrites so you can see that I've got a green flag so I essentially go from the yellow flag at the end of first draft to a blue flag which means it's got its it's been second drafted and then it's gone to my Center and green is it's ready to publish you can also use different labels and you can set these up yourself and you can see here this is a revised draft so there's the stacks and stacks of tools you can use in Scrivener but essentially and also down here you can see this is around 2000 163 words that's kind of average for my type of chapter so that and you can see that's how it ends up in the end now the other thing I wanted to show you here is my research so I keep a separate folder within each given a file and I've got here an explanation of Cibola so and and this book gates of hell is based on Kabbalah mysticism and Jewish mysticism and this is essentially there's some you know directly from stuff I'm researching I've got some stuff here on planetary alignment which was really cool I found that you can get this Blood Moon which I included in the in the book and this is just you know copied and pasted out of different places and how that actually I and then it really helps if you keep it within the same Scrivener file because then you know that you're not plagiarizing in any way well I find it's easier you can also do a split screen mode where you can see your research at the same time and then I also have settings in here so you saw before on the templates they have settings characters etcetera but here you can see my my gates of hell research and I've just pasted in there you can see Daily Mail and Wikipedia and all of that type of thing so it's good to keep that here and then in terms of the characters I actually do bring in photos of the characters so I found this this one lady who I really liked yeah and I mean I don't she's not particularly famous as far as I know it's just when I I go online and I start to google people who you know might look like something so here Alejandra of course there's and Mikhail is Sasha Baron Cohen as Sasha not as Borat obviously so I also keep character notes so for example right ice guard for Adam Kadmon it's really good if you keep this per character even if it's as basic as mine because otherwise you totally forget which is scarred so that's really helpful to me I often do that before I kind of finished the finish the thing and then basically you can see that everything's green and I change the description as a one-liner until I'm about to publish and then I change to chapter one chapter two and that how it compiles so just to pop back to nonfiction this is also one of the very cool things so I've actually got three non-fiction books here that I've packaged into the writers toolbox this is a really great tip if you have three books in a series or that are related you can package them up it doesn't cost you any more money this is not so brilliant and you can have a higher price product so this book the writers toolbox is actually not available on Amazon because it's priced over $9.99 so otherwise I wouldn't be able to get the 70 percent royalty but you can see it's made up here of how to market a book business for authors and public speaking so and each one of these you can see is a finished nonfiction book so if we just go into business for authors I've used the folders to group together the 1.1 1.2 for example so you can see here that this is a finished chapter for nonfiction actually the flag is still blue so sometimes I don't use the green flag but I do change colors and it does help me keep track of things and the parts this is how I end up grouping them together so that mindset book will eventually look something like this but the process of getting to that point is a iterative one so essentially I use parts a lot more so if we look at how to market a book again it's made up of part 1 part 2 your book fundamentals etc and then when I've put them together in the box –set I've essentially brought in imported the Scriven of individuals Griffin of files for those books and created a box set and all that is is when you compile it it just puts all that material in one file so people can buy the whole one file that contains three books and seriously it's it's magic because every time you've got a three book kind of clump you can put that out there and people will buy it I mean you this this changed my life when this happened because I really didn't believe people would buy a triple pack you know more than they would by the individual books but they do so that's a big recommendation and should help you okay so that's fiction and fiction I also should say I just add this kind of end matter which is you know other books by me a bit about me and of course the acknowledgments so you can put that at the end of all of your books the thanks that type of thing ok so just briefly because I know I've mentioned in writing in scenes for fiction and I know some of you might be confused I just wanted to briefly mention this fantastic book story engineering by Larry Brooks and I've put a link there the creative pen com forward slash story engineering which will take you to the book and I interviewed Larry as well this book changed my fiction writing life because until you can't until you can understand you know scenes it's really difficult it's like the penny has to drop and once you get it you'll be able to write fiction well you'll be able to start writing fiction anyway but this it's a really big deal to understand around point of view you know who are the characters don't do massive amounts of head hopping what happens how are you moving the story forward the story values what's the point all of these things are very important so writing in scenes I recommend that book story engineering okay my other really big tip is when you're actually writing don't edit so I've just actually I found this this is some first draft material from Pentecost originally and I've I've it's everything it's yeah anyway there's some things on it that remained in the book and a lot of them that change so you can see there's a there's a it's known as the agency implement never is again they often get it right there is a typo it's how I found K and K isn't the name in the end it's actually Fey so this is the thing like some of the stuff you write in the first draft will change and the most important thing is to get it out of your head and onto the page so you've got here the final 'man organization that's not the name I used I used the name Thanatos in the end which is Greek word for death and then you can see I've put stuff in brackets need new name and need to understand physical location so these are the types of notes you can put into your draft as you're writing within Scrivener within that compose mode and then you can fix it later so really important in my opinion anyway to just write and don't edit in saying that of course at some point you need to edit and in terms of how I edit what idea is when all my Flags in Scrivener are yellow I print out the document so you can see there that was actually a picture of some of my printouts and my editing so I do my first edit by hand on paper so I print two pages to a page you can see there how I do it and I will scribble all over it and a news pen and I'll spend a long time doing that that's my first big edit then I will go back into Scrivener and I will make my changes in back into Scrivener because it's like my master file that is the file I will use to publish from that's why it's so important to have everything back in Scrivener there are some people who write in Scrivener export their first year afterward and then remain in Word I personally prefer to edit back indiscriminate I also find that I like to double-check all the edits that I do so for example when I get stuff back from my own editor which I will also export into word send her that she'll send it back with track changes I still won't just accept all and re-import for example which you could do what I like to do is actually check each edit and check each line to see if that's okay so now the very exciting part where you're actually compiling so this is another reason why Scrivener software is so valuable to in the authors in particular of course any author it will be useful but if you are self-publishing it's super duper now if you want to pay someone to format your Word document into say a Kindle file or into an ePub file for iBooks Kobo Nook drafts a digital or into a Smashwords format for example you will be paying you know it could be 25 bucks could be 50 bucks 70 bucks it's normally under $100 but that's per file now I've got like 12 books or something for a lot of books and more and more coming all the time and if you think that for each book I need to compile it into multiple formats if I pay 45 US dollars forever one-off payment then formatting books it's just not a big deal so let me show you how easy it is so essentially I want to format gates of Hell and I just do file compile file compile and of course you've got to get the various you've got to have a play I mean it normally takes me a couple of goes when I check all the formatting and all this type of thing but essentially you choose what you want you and of course here you can compile for MS word but and PDF if you want and you know final draft and all kinds of things but generally you want to be doing Kindle generally I'm doing Microsoft Word Kindle ePub that's pretty much all I ever use but you can see there's lots of other things you can use Scrivener for blogging for example and use multi markdown but we're going to do just Kindle so I choose the Kindle Kindle Jen things like metadata you can add this stuff in of course we've imported the cover and then you just compile and you choose where it's going to go I'll just put it on the desktop for now and and I'll just call it a and then you just export so what what that's doing is now creating a file for Kindle Wow and you can do the same thing for ePub for Kobo or any of the the other ones so you could just change it to ePub and again compile I mean it's it's super easy and then what you do is you then obviously you want to go check that formats so if you download Kindle the Kindle for Mac or PC on your desktop and you download iBooks for example or another ePub checker you should check the file and make sure that it's all come out right but but basically if you use the format's and you you know you give it a little play you'll be fine but that and then what you do with those files is you go and take them to KDP or to iBooks or whatever and publish with them it's like magic I mean seriously when I found out about this it made such a difference instead of having to pay for every you know format necessary I can essentially do it myself also it means you can update your old books so I can update Pentecost with details about the latest arcane novel for example which is brilliant okay so I hope you can see how fantastic Scrivener software is and one of the difficult things about it really is how powerful the software is and so after years of using it myself and kind of realizing I was using about 10% I discovered the learn Scrivener fast training now of course Scrivener has manuals that go along with it so if you buy the software you can just use the manual but what I really like about the learn Scrivener fast training is the awesome little videos as in one or two minutes now obviously this video is getting quite long at this point but if you want to know something specific about Scrivener you can go into learn together on a fast and find out that exact thing and that will save you a lot of time now of course we all want to save time it's really important and there are a stack more things that you can do as an author with Scrivener so I really recommend the learn Scrivener fast training and you can get it at the creative pen com forward slash Scribner and I'm now going to take you behind the scenes so you can see what you're getting if you're interested ok so I'm gonna sort of take you through the course in the back end so you can see what you get now first of all I should just introduce my friend Joe who is fantastic he's known as the Scrivener coach and he's a good guy it's one of the good guys and he knows everything there is to know about to governor and if he doesn't you know if you have a question he is the man so he is the person who does this course and it is super fantastic so let's see what you get within the course okay so first of all you start with the basics obviously and in the basics Joe goes through some really good things so first of all I want to point out how short these videos are you know 1 minute 37 2 minutes 17 this to me is the reason this is the best training because you don't have to watch half an hour to figure out one thing so for example if you want to know how to use the cork board which is the overview and planning tool you can just watch 4 minute video and learn how to use it and for example importing research files that's a really useful thing and lots of things around presets using the various tools that if you say for example you already have a manuscript in Microsoft Word this will help you how to import the file and just start using it in Scrivener it also includes the you know some of the basic printing out outputting the statistics and setting targets is the thing I showed you that's really awesome that I love and keeps me accountable in Scrivener then we get into the ninja tips and tricks which I like and clearly I'm a ninja because it talks about how to add color labels to the documents and I find that you know particularly useful you can also do customizing icons and that type of thing you can use a lot of color now I know Joe when I've seen Joe show his kind of stuff around Scrivener he uses a lot of color coding and if you're somebody who loves to kind of highlight things in different colors then that really really works and again lots of different things finding a synonym or a definition that's really useful too if you're in the middle of writing something and you know you're overusing the same word that is very cool you can and that also is in the word frequency tool so I know I tend to overuse certain words and that will help you work out which ones and again really short videos which is very useful then there's the work smarter module and if you are a user of Evernote this is the one for you because you can do a lot of stuff between Avenue and Scrivener I'm personally not all there like some days I wish I was an Evernote user it's kind of another really powerful piece of online cloud software but essentially this talks about how to integrate your Evernote with Scrivener so just to point out as well that because there are Mac and Windows versions of Scrivener Joe has some videos that are specifically for Mac or for Windows both sets of people will will get that so that's really handy so here for example is a Mac only video there's also stuff here about backing up and syncing your projects which is really useful very important so for example I actually back up my Scriven and documents to a zip file and then send that to my virtual assistant who has been doing some stuff for me so that's really handy then if you want to take your blogging to a new level there's a whole module on Scrivener for bloggers which is fascinating again I don't use Scrivener for blogging I just use it for books but this is really interesting if you are wanting to take your blogging to a more organized level I think it's fantastic for organizing so this is really about how to organize things how to write them and also how to export to you mark down version put them into WordPress that type of thing so Scrivener for bloggers you know more of a nitch thing but the next module eazy-e works this is what you guys need so this will really help you with the export method how do you actually you know for example transfer stuff to the novel template or to the nonfiction template and also how to compile so you can see here compiled for kindle compiled for nook iBooks or Kobo and compiled for Smashwords these are absolute and what you need there's also stuff around table of contents particularly good for nonfiction authors so that's really useful and then on top of that there is bonus content now in the bonus content and some really good things so for example some templates which will help you do things more smoothly extra writing backgrounds which might help you if you don't want just that blank screen you can get writing backgrounds and this workflow is using Scrivener with an editor so how you can work with Scrivener while you're also editing with an external editor there's also some bonus material so for example Sean Platt from the self-publishing podcast has a course on behind the scenes on Scrivener planning and outlining which you can get access to you through the course and that is available I've also done another video for the course Jeff joins who as you know big in the nonfiction space there's also a private Facebook group which is very cool if you want to network with other people on the course and lots of kind of extra tools and tips and all of that so essentially the course is really useful if you want to make the most out of Scriven that if you want to save time it's fantastic and I recommend it to everyone because I've personally found it so useful so I hope you will consider checking out Scrivener just the software or check out the learn Scrivener fast program as well if you want to learn how to supercharge your Scrivener usage and save time so you can go do the creative pen comm forward slash Scribner if you want to have a look at the learn Scrivener fast program okay I'll be back soon with another video thanks for watching and happy writing

26 thoughts on “Writing Tips for Fiction and Non-Fiction with Scrivener

  1. I was under impression, that "literature and latte" vlog represents Scrivener. Because of their bad advice my question: Was my assumption wrong? Keep up the good work!

  2. Just an FYI for anyone watching this video, you can check Google for coupon codes for Scrivener. They usually have one or two of them active from what I've seen so the price can be reduced a bit, for me, I got a 20% off code.

  3. I used to use Scrivener. I took a class in its use, got a book. Then I lost a project. I opened up a project I had been working on the night before and it was empty, 39,000 words gone. Not to mention the whole outline. I went for the backup, which Scrivener has a convoluted way of storing and reinstating, and it was just a bare outline. I backup my files to a cloud service in case of a drive crash, but it was just a copy of what Scrivener called a backup. I contacted my instructor, got on the forums no one could tell me where my project had gone or what I did wrong. It was just gone. Since I do not know what if anything I did wrong I just do not trust Scrivener. But, I love Scrivener's features. So, now I write in FocusWriter or Bambo Paper and cut and paste it into Scrivener. So, I can still use the features I love but if Scrivener pulls another Houdini I have another copy. I also backup the FocusWriter to the cloud. I also cut and paste to OneNote as well, color me paranoid.

  4. I cried when I came to format my novel for createspace and Ingram press, screamed at my computer and have been looking on line for people who format for you…but I don't like the idea that I won't be able to change it later. The other thing is the numbering was all messed up, does this system sort the page numbering out to start where you want as well?

  5. You mentioned using Things to help you gather your notes and ideas. Any chance of doing a video about that? I use Things regularly and would be fascinated to know how you use its features to help your writing process.

  6. Your videos are amazing. You're so inspiring and informative and you've really helped me to recapture my passion for writing. Thank you!

  7. I purchased Scrivener in 2016. I don't see all of the options for Project Targets on mine. Do I have an older version?

  8. I am considering getting Scrivener. But I want to be able to use it on Mac and PC. So would I need both programs? Also, will I still need a copy editor? Great video thanks!!

  9. Joanna, this is an excellent tutorial. Can you tell me what program you are using to record this video so that you can get the split screen that shows you speaking while Scrivener is in the background? Thank you!

  10. So I'm confused. The video looks a bit dated, but it says it was published a couple days ago. However, all the comments are from a year ago or more. Not only that, but Scrivener 3 just released.

  11. For anyone coming here wondering why some of the features are not available to you: She is using Scrivener 2.0, which at the time of my post is still ONLY available on Mac. Windows users are still on 1.9, but I think 2.0 is (finally) right around the corner. MOST of the features are available on both, but a few will look/feel different, or be missing all together.

    Great video, Joanna!

  12. This is a great video, although I would suggest telling your audience what version of the program you are using. I Happened to have a older version 1.54 or something, and this did not have the features I see you use. I almost got frustrated and walked away.

  13. Joanna! For a writer of devilish fiction, you are an ANGEL!!! Thank you so very much! I deeply appreciate this wonderful exposé you've given us here. I am presently cutting up a huge non-fiction research tome (of many years!) into a book series and have been frustrated by the limitations of most writing apps (I refuse to use Word, I am a veteran-survivor of the infamous super-buggy Word 6 from the 90s!). And Kindle formatting was beyond me. So you have really saved me here! I'm going to invest in Scrivener tonight! Thank you so very much for your generosity and terrifically genuine teaching style! I have bought some of your non-fiction books and am about to start reading those. Cheers from your old haunt, Australia!

  14. Gosh Joanna, I really wish I could just download (or upload, idk which) the content of your brain into mine regarding all things writing, marketing, publishing, etc etc. I want them to develop THAT app!!!

  15. At my point in life I write about what I want to talk about or share with others. May be selfish and a broke way of thinking but I'm damn happy!!!! Had the bucks. Ain't where it's at. Mind adventures now for this clean cut never smoked never drank boy. Mid life hippie? Maybe. 

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