dragonimp: (Ed linework)
Good news for writers, Scrivener for Windows is coming! This is an excellent writing program and I've raved about it before so I won't repeat myself, but up to now its main drawback has been that it's Mac only. The folks at Literature and Latte have been working hard at changing that and they're almost ready to go into beta!

Seriously, ficcers, give this program a look. It's not that expensive (much cheaper than Word!) and it was designed by a writer to work the way writers think. Personally, I adore it.

(Okay, I'm done gushing now.)

Scrivs!

Jul. 14th, 2010 09:18 am
dragonimp: (fanfic)
Latest chapter of Mother Arc is marinating, so I was playing around with Scrivener and thought I'd share the layout of my "binder":
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Anyone care to guess what the colors mean?
dragonimp: (fanfic)
Word and Scrivener disagree on whether it's "nicknacks" or "knickknacks". But then, Word also doesn't like "grey" or "judgement" (or "thunked"), so I think I'm going to go with Scrivener on this one. Besides, "knickknacks" has far too many Ks, it looks awkward and stuttery. (Incidentally, Safari's spellcheck doesn't have a problem with any of those words - except for "stuttery", which I think isn't actually a word - but Safari also lets "kinda" and "gonna" get through.)

(LJ's spellcheck, on the other hand, dislikes "nicknacks", "judgement", "thunked", "stuttery", and "spellcheck". It's fine with "kinda" and "gonna". It wants me to change "nicknacks" to either "nicknack's" or "knickknacks", which really doesn't make much sense. "Nicknack" can be possessive, but not plural?)

Blue!

Sep. 13th, 2009 09:55 pm
dragonimp: (Default)
Ha! I found out how to display the non-printing characters in Scrivener! They're called "invisibles"! This makes me absurdly happy. And I'm well aware of the "absurd" part. But whenever I opened a document in Word for formatting, I'd react with, "oh, hello non-printing characters, I missed you~~" But now they're right there - in blue! - in my Scriv. file, and I can oogle them all I want.

::Cough:: I appear to have some weird typography kink...?

I printed out chapter 3 for a read-over but somehow haven't gotten to it c_c;. I will pick it up tomorrow, promise. In the mean-time, at least I got my current kink!meme fic moving again. I don't even know why it was stuck, it just kinda was. But it's moving, and hopefully I'll be able to wrap it up before long and start on the next one. And then get back to the WIPs I've left hanging.

Scrivener!

Mar. 5th, 2009 08:20 pm
dragonimp: (Default)
I've been using Scrivener for a few weeks now, and it's a huuuuge improvement over Word and my old system of files. There are a few features I miss, like being able to see the non-printing characters (I know, I'm weird), but it doesn't annoy me the way Word does, and has so many nifty features. For one thing, Scrivener's organization way beats mine.
images behind cut )
so in case you didn't get it, I'm really, really happy with this program ^^. And I'm really, really itching to have time to use it for fic writing.

Scrivener

Feb. 13th, 2009 06:03 pm
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I've been hearing about Scrivener, this nifty sort of do-all for long writing projects, and thought, hm, that might be handy. But I already have Word, do I really need another word processing program? And I have Notebook for organizing research, do I really need a program that does both? (I seem to have this thing about redundancy and whether or not something is truly "useful" - obviously doesn't apply to everything or I wouldn't have two dozen shot glasses - so I always feel like purchases have to be "justified" somehow.)

Then I stepped back and went, waitaminute, MS Word sucks.

Okay, maybe "sucks" is pretty harsh, but the best I can say about that program is it's adequate. I don't like it. At all. (Except for the auto-recovery feature. That is the one feature I will praise.) More often than not I'm annoyed with it. I had to disable at least half of the little "helpful" features just to keep it from driving me insane.

And I'm wondering whether or not to check out a word processing program designed specifically for writers? One that other people have raved about??

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