*This is NOT a tutorial. Lord knows there are enough of those out there. This is simply to help you decide if Scrivener would be of benefit to you in your tool arsenal.
What the double hockey sticks IS scrivener?
Good question! At it most basics Scrivener is a program where you can store all your notes and stuff for writing projects. It has a learning curve steeper than the top part of Mt Everest. I have been using it for 2 years, and I STILL am finding things it can do that I had NO idea that Scrivener could do.
I use it for all of my client work. Before I was on a PC (they have a PC version now FYI) BEFORE there was a PC version I used MS word for EVERYTHING. I can see what a pain in the ass it was now in college to have to go through my notes to find that one thing or to have to copy it down on index cards and all of that.
Damn, now I feel old.
Anyway, it was a pain let me tell you. With Scrivener, you can keep everything in one place, and it has magical powers so that you can find something rather than just copying and pasting. No more missing a letter in a reference then your professor takes points off because the website “doesn’t exist. No, I not bitter after all these years why do you ask? In short, this is something that I WISHED I had in college and in my early years of working.
Ok But I am not a college student So how will Scrivener Benefit ME?
You say you own a small business or are a coach right? You blog right? If you don’t, you are sorely missing a fundamental part to getting your word out there. If you do then YAY!
I blog in Scrivener for all my posts here on this site. Let me give you the reasons.
I can split the screen vertically so that my shitty first draft is on the left and my hopefully less shitty second draft is on the right
I can store my notes so that I can reference them quickly while writing. I take lots of notes while writing. I am always getting ideas and typing them out. Most are so shitty they never see the light of day, but a few gems have come out of said notes.
If I see something on the web I can send it to a scrivener and get this I can even get it to send to the right project. No hunting shit in Evernote. I tried that and it…was..a…mess.. Evernote as a blogging thing can kiss my ass.
Ok I still use Evernote to jot down ideas, and like my notes in Scrivener scratch pad most are really shitty ideas, but you gotta go thru shit before you can get to the good stuff.
It can read markdown. I learned markdown a while ago, and I like that I can use it while I am typing than when I copy and paste it into WordPress..viola!!! It is almost already formatted!
This is just a few reason I love to blog in Scrivener. As you can see Scinver is magical. It can do almost anything you need it to do.
But I am not a REAL writer so why would I need this program?
My friend, you blog right? Blogging is NOT dead despite some people proclaiming it is. Blogging is still one of the best ways to get your word out there. It doesn’t matter if you are a business coach you still need to write to get word of your business out. If you do not have a blog, already you need to start STAT!!
Also when you write a blog post, you need to have at least 1000 words, so that good ole google won’t think you are spam. If you just dash off 300 words, then you are NEVER gonna rank on google, and that’s the whole point, right? To get to that connoted first page. Before when I use other programs, it was sort of a pain to see how many words I had. Plus I felt there was no obvious motivation and I am all about visual motivation over here. With Scrivener, you have this
This provides the motivation that I thrive on.. See how when I met my session goal and it turned green? Before it was red and as I typed it changed colors! Take that Microsoft Word!
For big client projects I can make an outline in X-mind and save and export it as an opml file and import that to Scrivener, and it will make them all different pages so I can hack on the project. When I need to transfer it to MS word I can compile it and voila it is one big project! This is so much better than trying to write it all straight like I had to do in Microsoft Word in college. I write best from an out line and this way I can write like I think which makes for a better project.
These are but a few things that Scrivener can do. There ae lots of tutorials and classes that you can take to get the most out of Scrivener. I have found that good ole google is a big help. For example, when I couldn’t figure out how to split the screens vertically I was dumb and spent a good 45 minutes trying to figure it out then I turned to google and presto it showed me. There are lots of free Youtube videos that you can watch to help you.
If you are the kind that prefers to take classes, there are a shit-ton of courses out there that you can take. I took one class, and it was invaluable in getting me past the learning curve, so I didn’t feel like I wanted to pull my hair out every time I opened up Scrivener.
Now I can say that I love the program. I can’t imagine writing without it. It makes handling multiple clients SO…MUCH…EASIER! I still use Microsoft Word to send the final product, but when I am doing cold hard writing and editing NOTHING beats Scrivener!
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