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So basically, I've purchased the Scrivener software that experts are saying is functionally amazing, but its user interface is so non-intuitive, I can't figure it out, and I used be an Internet Business Consultant. Surely my skills aren't that rusty.
A few searches and I discover most of the experts claiming Scrivener works great, have paid for this course LearnScrivenerFast, which seems to consist of concise engaging lessons. Problem solved right?
Wrong! I paid $50 for Scrivener, and this awesome course is another $300. So, basically, I just purchased a license to a software product that people have had to create courses on, so users can figure out how to use it. That doesn't sit right with me.
Second reason not to part with my Canadian loonies has something to do with the Yukon Gold Rush. In the late 1890s, about 100,000 hopeful prospectors hiked into the Canadian Yukon hoping to find gold. Now I ask, was it more fruitful to be a miner during the gold rush or did selling pickaxes to all the men with gold fever turn a better profit? You got it. Owning the mercantile was the way to make the most money and to come out a winner.
So, I'm trying to limit my spending. Each dollar I spend learning how to be a better writer is going to come out of my profits when I am a better writer. Basically, I'm climbing the Yukon trail without the pickaxe!
Still trust me?
So, after an entire four hours spent struggling with the Scrivener interface (1990's interface I might add), I wouldn't personally suggest purchasing it. But if you did, like me, here is what I feel are the very first steps to take.
Step 1: Start with an established Novel Outline TemplateGenerally, step 1 should refer you to the 340 page PDF document Scrivener offers, however, I think the beginning of this sentence already explains why you shouldn't start there, if you're in a hurry.
The Book Ninja offers non-fiction templates for $10, and many sites offer free templates. Too many. So this might take some time.
- Start with Google.
- Search for the keywords "Free Scrivener Novel Outline Fiction OR Non-Fiction".
- Then start weeding through the results.
Once you have downloaded the zip file, you will need to follow these instructions.
Step 2: Open the Inspector
Step 3: Click EverythingMove your mouse around Scrivener before you get your manuscript in there, and just start clicking and following the dropdown boxes and see what it does.
Yes, you'll find a multitude of buttons that add items to your binder. The good news is, you'll learn to highlight and drag those items to your trash bin. I did this many times.
Now that you've established you haven't learned anything, but you have reduced your fear of clicking buttons, you are now ready to import your manuscript.
Step 4: Importing MS Word into ScrivenerHells Bells! It took me about two more hours to find a semi-acceptable way to import my established MS Word manuscript into Scrivener using the "import and split" feature.
What I was hoping for is that Scrivener would recognize Heading 1 and Heading 2 and Heading 3 commands of my MS Word doc and then separate accordingly into chapter folders in the binder. No such luck, so far. If anyone knows of another way to accomplish this, please let me know.
Watch the rest in the visual below, and then return to the following steps for clarification