After at least 3 attempts in the past to “get” Scrivener in the past, I finally bought it after hearing Andy Ihnatko mention it twice in the last few weeks on the MacBreakWeekly podcast (he said something about “After 20 years of making money writing in Word, I started using Scrivener and haven’t launched Word since” or words to that effect. Keith: you should definitely track Andy down at cwob.com/ and get a blurb quote from him!
I watched the screencast (which I had asked for in May 2007 [url]https://forum.literatureandlatte.com/t/screencasts/1839/1] even though, yes, the manual is wonderful, but it’s really no substitute for seeing the program in action by someone who knows how to use it.
I started using it for a few hours, stumbling, mostly, and wondering if I was going to have to dump all my text out into a file and start again in Word or Pages.
Then it suddenly just “clicked”. I don’t know what it was exactly, but all of a sudden, the things that hadn’t made sense did.
The utter brilliance of it, to me, is the ability to switch from “OK, now I know I want to say something about this so let me make a card for that” to “I know what I want to say about that so I’m going to start writing some about that” to "Hrm, well, I need to develop something else later on, and I’m not sure where, but I’ll just stick a reference to it over there.
I spent about 5 hours working, rearranging, editing, writing and never once did I worry about how it looked on the page or where should the page numbers go, or what should I put in the headers and footers and how will I mark my citations.
Found another source I want to use? Drop it in the “Works Cited” folder I created, and paste the URL into the summary for the folder. Using a book? OK, throw the title and author in there as well. Will sort it out later.
There were a few bumps in the road, and I still have almost no clue about getting this out of Scrivener into Word/PDF when I need to send it off, but I’m quite sure I’ll figure it out when the time comes. But as far as getting actual productive work done, this was just what I needed.