Scrivener: Part One

I have been reading about this product Scrivener for months now and have wanted to try it. I honestly have to say that lately I have been in a constant fight with word. It just doesn’t want to do what I want it to do half of the time and I have had to delete my formatting and format my books over because I maybe added something in or something? I’m not sure, but the formatting does weird stuff on there and I would end up with huge paragraph spaces that I can’t seem to adjust. Also I have been looking for another software that I can use to put my books in .epub format without having to delete my formatting, download my books into Words 98 and redo my formatting.

Well I have finally had the chance to get the Free Trial download of Scrivener.

Step 1. Is the tutorial. Scrivener said it should only take about an hour to complete the tutorial. So far I’m several hours into it, but so far I am impressed with everything I’ve seen. Usually I keep my notes on stickies on my computer or handwritten in various places…. now I have a binder and/or corkboard in Scrivener to use. And if I have my computer (which most of the time I do) I don’t have to carry my big binder around with me:)

(Okay-it took me 5 days to get through the tutorial (LOL), but I will forgive myself since I am in the middle of moving and working 6-7 days a week. The tutorial was a fairly easy read. Thank Goodness. I know I will have to go back in for a few things, but this doesn’t seem as complicated as I first thought for learning a new program. This looks like it can be fun and less frustrating than working in other programs.)

Step 2. I am going to upload Dark Fates, get it ready for Smashwords and export for .epub. Lets see how smooth this goes…

Well that was fairly easy:) I did need to go back into my .doc file and do a few text changes, but it was a small book–I’ll have to see if I can make those changes permanent in Scrivener before I upload next time…

Step 3. I am now going to upload one of my novels to break apart and read one more time before it goes to print.

(Open office doc revisions does not import into Scrivener, but you can save as word 97-2003 and then import into Scrivener.)

Before starting I did a snapshot on the original version of my novel, this way I have a copy of the original I can look back at if I need to.

A very interesting note: Scrivener seems to be picking up several misspelling the other software didn’t get? Hmmm… the ones the eyes automatically skip over when reading…

So, I am on Chapt. 3 right now of my novel and I’m enjoying reading it again. It’s been slow, life has been demanding and I can’t wait until life slows down a little again. I’ve been itching to write, but the distractions keep coming!

Breaking apart my chapters has been really easy using Split with Selection as Title and I even have one or two side notes going on a few things that I want to check on in future chapters of the book:) You all know the ones… the ones you think you’ll remember or you jot down on that piece of paper, then forget or lose that paper/or better yet, forget to look at that piece of paper. LOL

To be continued; hopefully soon:)

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: Goodreads:

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