As a writer and editor, I discovered the Scrivener writing software about three years ago, and I was immediately hooked. Scrivener, developed by the Literature and Latte group located in the United Kingdom, is the premier writing platform for fiction and nonfiction writers. Scrivener is very comprehensive, very feature rich, and quite unlike word processors with which with we are already familiar, such as MS Word or Apple Pages.
Therein lies the problem with Scrivener for many people: the software has so many features that it is has a very long learning curve, and many writers often get frustrated and either never take advantage of the full functionality of Scrivener or give up altogether.
There are many great training videos and a complete Scrivener user’s manual on the Literature and Latte site, and many books and training courses have been published to help authors learn to use Scrivener, and I have read and used many of them.
There is a new book coming out in January 2016 that not only helps authors to quickly get started with Scrivener, but also describes many of the best features of Scrivener that will be useful as authors learn to use the entire application.
Aptly named “Scrivener Superpowers: How to Use Cutting Edge Software to Energize Your Creative Writing Practice”, this 159-page book uses personal anecdotes by the author, M.G. Heron, and other well-known writers and podcasters to illustrate how authors can more easily make the switch from word processing to Scrivener and actually get writing done while learning the program.
Like most books about Scrivener, “Scrivener Superpowers” gives great instructions about the different components of the software, including screenshots. But unlike many other books, “Scrivener Superpowers” also uses examples and dialogue with actual users of the software, including full interviews on YouTube, including people who only use the parts of Scrivener that work for them without worrying about the rest—like most of us.
“Scrivener Superpowers” also includes a section for “Pros” that has advanced instructions that I found very helpful and informative. I’m not exactly a Scrivener “Pro” yet, but I’m not a “newbie”, either, and this section motivates me to explore and incorporate some of the more advanced features of Scrivener into my writing workflow, including self-publishing.
As a nonfiction writer, I appreciate the inclusion of how to use Scrivener for writing works other than novels, although I would have liked to see more information on using Scrivener for nonfiction and blogging.
Part 4 of “Scrivener Superpowers” includes a lot of information and links to further references about Scrivener (including the author’s own training), and I found it easy to follow the links to increase my Scrivener knowledge.
I recommend “Scrivener Superpowers: How to Use Cutting-Edge Software to Energize Your Creative Writing Practice” to all writers, no matter where they may be in their writing journey. Following the instructions in this book will be a great help in learning how to maximize Scrivener for your writing on your Mac or your PC.
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