This software is inscrutable and damn near unusable

It can sometimes be helpful to remember that good designers spend as much time perfecting their skills as writers spend perfecting theirs. Just because you can do it yourself in Scrivener, that doesn’t mean you should. The point at which wrestling with Scrivener becomes an exercise in frustration – which will be different for different people – is the point at which one might consider using a different tool, or assigning the work to a different person.

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As well as not trying to learn a sophisticated and wide-ranging software programme using a project which is under deadline pressure. A lot of the frustration was self-inflicted: it’s not fair to blame and badmouth Scrivener for your own shortsightedness. Mastering anything challenging does require the missing ingredient: open-ended, relaxed time. Practicing with dummy text helps too.

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The idea that someone would find Scrivener too difficult to learn and so resort to using InDesign, a far more complex and challenging programme, is hilarious!

As, frankly, is the idea that getting an Adobe subscription is the cheap option in any scenario!

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