One thing I enjoy about Scrivener is its mellifluous name; its two or three syllables (depending on your pronunciation) sort of roll off the tongue.
“Scrivener” is an honorable word with a rich history going as far back as the late 1300s and early 1400s. It has great connotations, both practical and esoteric. But I’m happy that typing has more or less subdued one of its original senses–someone with good handwriting or penmanship. While my own penmanship leaves much to be desired, I can still tell my spouse, “Guess I’ll do some scrivening today.”
A Scrivener by any other name? I think not.
Yeah, I am happy with the name. (And thanks.) I went through a number of names before settling on it. I had BookTree (“Grow your book” - um), Hemingway (because of what he said about first drafts, but ultimately dropped because it sounded too much like Ulysses) and various iterations of WordsJammedTogether including the word “write”. Most boring of all, perhaps, was “Writer’s Studio” (at that point I had given up trying). Given that I studied medieval literature for my MA, I don’t know why it took me so long to come up with the name.
The only drawback of the app’s title is its association with Melville’s short story, Bartleby the Scrivener. Nothing wrong with an association with Melville, of course, but whenever Scrivener gets mentioned on a blog, some wit will comment, “I’d prefer not to.” Ha ha - the first time.
Hmm, maybe instead of “Outline. Edit. Storyboard. Write”, I should have, “You’d prefer to”…
Thanks for your comments and all the best,
Fascinating account. Naming an app is much like naming a baby. Bartleby aside, you chose well.
Actually, I think that would have been my choice… WordsJammedTogether 1.02 just has a ring to it, and here, at least, best fits the actual results obtained.