I started to use Scrivener for work (I am a freelance writer). I think this wasn’t a typical way to use Scrivener: from the beginning I didn’t considered compiling a whole draft at the end. I just used Scrivener to handle very big anount of small text in a single project (storing them in Draft folder) and keeping all instructions and recomendations, e.g. how to write for praticular website or what style of formatting do they prefer, in Research folder. This gives significant boost to my work, because I can move fast between different files and gather information for my friting. Setting the goal (how characters need I to write) is also very helful.
Actually, I don’t know why, but it seems to be in general easier for me to treat all what I write as some broad areas (projects), not as single files (as it was earlier, when I was writing in common text editors). Sorting the files in folders isn’t so productive, as gathering all files in single projects.
Then I created another projects: one for my sholar paper I’m currently working on, and one for my creative wrinting (I’m working on a novel). I’ve also some other plans, for example, move my diary of dreams into Scrivener (Earlier I was writing my diary in One Note, but it was too slow and heavy… to much fucnctions I don’t use and slowing down my small netbook).
I would like to ask more experienced Scrivener users two questions:
- How many projects do you have at the same time? (I’ve fear, that when I will create too much different projects, it will be difficult to keep all of them in mind… or not?)
- Do you work with projects that consist of more that one text? (I tend to make not project=novel or projects=article, but project=area of work (educational writing, creative writing etc). I think it has some reason, at least in creative writings area… all of my texts (novels, short stories) are interconnected on some level.
(And: I bought Scrivener today, after using it almost every day during 30-day trial, and I am totally happy with it )