Scrivener (software)

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Yes, I know I say ‘amazing’ a lot, but I haven’t gotten to the stage of my life where I’m jaded enough not to be amazed and excited about ‘stuff’. Especially stuff that may make getting my hundreds of thousands of written words better organized so that I can release them into the read-o-sphere sooner rather than later…or never.

When I was at A Novel Approach on Monday night with James Dewar and my posse of intrepid writing colleagues, I overheard Sue Reynolds speaking about a writing application called Scrivener. Free for 30 days from Latte and Literature. The Tagline says Outline. Storyboard. Edit. Write.

So of course, as soon as we were done with our class, I bolted home, downloaded it and am now working through the interactive lessons to get to know how to use it. I am blown away by the flexibility and organizational whatsits I’ve seen so far. The software is available for Windows and Mac. $40. There’s an extensive list of tutorials and a very detailed Manual to download. I can use it with my Dragon Naturally Speaking 12 dictation software. Very impressive. The thing is, now I have even less excuse for not getting my first novel draft tuned and pruned.

Check it out… the narrator has a lovely smooth British voice.  [embedplusvideo height=”568″ width=”960″ standard=”″ vars=”ytid=-DthBJhBrYs&width=960&height=568&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep3650″ /]

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