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Writing Tools: Scrivener

To date, I’ve written six full-length novels, a dozen novellas, and more than thirty short stories. I wrote most of my stories using Scrivener, using three different computers (I’ll tell you more in an upcoming post on my cloud storage solutions).

Scrivener is a fantastic writing tool. While I’ve used it since 2010, I still only use the basic features, and those are enough for me to completely recommend it. Here are my three favorite things about Scrivener:

  • SNAPSHOT An autosave feature is a must-have, and these days, many writing and other creative tools now offer this. But the Snapshot feature in Scrivener is a cut above. Just one click, and I have all my current versions of a scene captured and available to reference at any time. Now, I’m free to edit and even rewrite an entire chapter without worry that I might’ve cut too much or the wrong thing.
  • COMPILE STORY Once you’ve finished writing and editing your story, it’s time to publish your manuscript or submit it. The compile feature on Scrivener makes this process a breeze compared to all the steps and the process I needed to do many years ago. With just a few clicks, I formatted The Right Woman, book one in my U R Fever series, and had a clean, polished manuscript ready for my audience on Amazon.
  • CONVERT FILES I mentioned that I wrote many of my stories in Scrivener. But for the ones I had started previously in Word, Scrivener made the process of converting everything I’d written into a new Scrivener project. All I needed to do was import the file, and Scrivener did the rest. I had a copy of the story, ready to be organized into a novel format. The three books in my U R Fever series began as backstory to another set of stories in Alan and Brianna’s universe. It took no time to import those Word files into upcoming projects.

These are just a few of the great features available in Scrivener. I’ve used them to write, edit and publish The Right Woman and Break Every Rule.

By Serena James Chase

Serena James Chase is the author of ‘The Right Woman’, ‘Break Every Rule’ and ‘Feast of Flesh’. Her romances deliver those hard-earned happy-ever-afters...even if it takes a while. She writes novels and novellas in the contemporary, fantasy, and paranormal genres.

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