But what's all the fuss about?
|You can compare two pages side by side|
One of its most popular features is Targets. You can set a total target for the draft you are writing; for example, if you are taking part in Nanowrimo, where authors try to write 50,000 words in a month, you can set your target as 50,000 and watch as the bar graph changes. You can also set a target for one particular day and see it as you progress. It’s also easy to highlight different sections, not next to each other, and see the total word count.
|Scrivener's Corkboard allows you to have a virtual wall to see your whole project at once|
Another important feature is backup. You can save multiple versions and refer to them or restore them easily; you can save a “snapshot” of an earlier version that will not disappear when you change the manuscript. Scrivener can back up your manuscript automatically to Dropbox or your own computer every time you close it.
|Back up your manuscript! Don't learn this the hard way|
Scrivener has so many features that it can feel overwhelming to a new user. It’s a good idea to take the tutorials provided with it, but videos online can also give you quick shortcuts to the most important features.
Scrivener is just one of many ways to write your book, but you might enjoy giving it a try.
Julie Sullivan had Scrivener for more than a year before she got around to watching the tutorial.