Monday, July 20, 2020

My Love-Hate Relationship with Scrivener

I got Scrivener back in the spring when the lockdown was first in effect and was happy with the reasonable price. Everyone raves about this program, so I had to give it a shot.

While I do love how I can organize and move around chapters easily without a ton of scrolling, I hate a few things even more, which are huge time-wasters in my writing career:

  1. I can't make the screen bigger without making the font bigger like you can in, say, an Internet browser when you increase the screen print size.
  2. I can't do a search. At least I could never get it to work, so trying to find one market name in a sea of 230 market names was not possible.
  3. When I export into a Word document so I can do final proofreading, Scrivner has randomly smooshed words together and randomly messed up formatting, which wastes a lot of time. So my text might look like this:

Writer's guidelines canbe found on thewebsite.

And now I understand why books come to me for proofreading this way quite often: because a writer has put their trust in Scrivener and exported, then sent it straight to me.

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