I’m brand new to Scrivener but excited to be learning the apparently premier writing process automation tool. In a past life, I have taught complex software to Design Engineers, and they can be an ornery bunch at times, I found them impatient and wanting to get on with their assigned productivity. So I taught my own favorite way of learning complex software, which is to get familiar with the interface and high-level capabilities and then start learning specific workflows related to the work they were doing day to day.
Now I’m doing this with Scrivener. I write professionally these days. When I had a draft of my fourth book, a novella, in Word, I downloaded the software and installed it. Then ran the tutorial twice and started reading the manual, page by page. I soon tired of the insane amount of detail unrelated to my real interests so I’ll treat it as a reference book.
I brought my WIP into Scrivener by a process I already knew, copy/paste, though I want to learn more direct and automated processes for importing. Is anyone else taking a workflow-based approach to learning how to become as productive in Scrivener as possible in the shortest time needed?
Now I’m continuing development of my next book by figuring out how to do what is immediately important to me: edits, additions, moving text blocks around, etc. I’ll continue learning just what I need to get the next steps done until the book is published. I look forward to NOT hiring a formatter for the different published versions.
I also look forward to offering specific workflows to accomplish particular tasks. I’m hopeful others may also want to trade workflows and explore the best ways to learn this powerful tool.