Could you give some details of what you like so much about Scrivener?
I would be more than happy to! I’ll also give you the one major downside I’ve found with it so far.
First, the upsides: Scrivener is FANTASTIC for organization. For those who aren’t familiar, your Scrivener file is actually a whole group of sub files, called scrivenings. These can include “binders” (folders), and these can nest; I’m not sure how deep (I only just started using it!).
A typical Scrivener file for a work-in-progress might look something like this:
You see that list on the left? Those are all sub-files and binders. You can organize your file into chapters, or articles, or whatever you want. There are also pre-made templates for character creation, setting sketches, etc. You can clip photos, art, websites, references, basically anything into the Reference section for later use.
That means that each individual scene can be its own document, its own independent world. And you can click between them with ONE CLICK. And you can go back and forth with keyboard shortcuts, or pull them up side-by-side. So you can have your plot, and your notes, and everything, visible. On the right of that screen you can see a synopsis and notes for the scene (I think I C+Pd between the 2).
This is so majorly powerful for creating stories and really breaking things up and isolating the individual scene you’re working on. Even just having your outline a single click away is really helpful.
I think the biggest benefit of this is psychological. WRITE A NOVEL is a big scary thing. But “write this one scene of dialogue” is really really easy, and then you can click into the next scene, work a bit, click back, and it’s all organized and all right where you need it. WRITE A NOVEL feels impossible. “Write that one scene in the coffee shop” is totally doable, especially if you have an idea where it’s coming from and where it’s going.
This is the power of Scrivener.
But with great power comes…. kind of a majorly flawed text editor.
That is: Scrivener is crap for formatting. It’s not built for it. It’s light, it’s fast, it’s designed for writing, not formatting. I get it.
But I should still be able to work with styles, or at least click on a block of text, apply a style, and have it all look the freaking same. I should not copy+paste text in from Word and have it show up in a different font than my typical font, then be worried that I’m applying custom formatting by changing the font back to Courier New (which is what it defaults to, and what I’ve been writing in).
Oh, and one other thing… copying and pasting OUT of Scrivener and into Word loses any text formatting you’ve applied. So my italics, bolds, etc. just go right down the drain. (I haven’t checked with different text styles, like Paragraph vs Heading, actually, I’ll let you know.) To get that to move over, you have to “export” the document into Word, which is scary and I haven’t tried yet.
But I’ve already got two book projects underway in Scrivener, one personal, one for the ScriptMedic series. So that’s stupendously exciting!! I’m very very happy about that fact.
In short, it’s more than worth the $20 I paid for it, even if just for the fact that it breaks up humongous (I can never spell that word!) tasks into easy little bite-sized pieces. I wrote 6,000 words of novel the other night and didn’t even realize it, because it was just a few scenes. But those scenes add up!!
So that’s what I think of Scrivener! What about you guys? Who likes it? Who hates it? What are its benefits? What are its limitations? Am I a complete fool for missing out on a critical feature?
I think degrassi did such a good job at developing Maya’s character. I know people were upset that Maya didn’t seem to show/care about Cam’s suicide but she was affected much more than everyone else. It gave her extreme anxiety. Eventually, combined with the bus crash, it gave her severe depression that led her to do what she did. It cut so much deeper and was so much more realistic; instead of showing how a major event/disease impacted someone for like 2 episodes, which is usually what degrassi does, they showed how one single event impacted Maya for years. I think this is one of the most powerful things degrassi has done, and I really applaud Olivia for playing it so well.