darkemeralds: Jensen Ackles in Regency Attire (Restraint John)
[personal profile] darkemeralds
Yesterday evening I went to a lecture at the Oregon Astrological Association* and then, because it felt like my day was just getting started, stayed up reading and goofing around till 4:00 a.m.

Of course, today I didn't wake up till almost 1:00 in the afternoon, and only a good hard stare at my phone told me that it was Saturday.

I've written 5000 words of backstory for two secondary characters who need work in the Restraint rewrite (Uncle Martin and Mr Braithwaite--I really wanted to find out how they met). This has meant revisiting old research into the Napoleonic Wars, George IV, Brighton, and smuggling on the Channel coast.

In other words, I'm basically just goofing around and enjoying myself.

Who here uses Scrivener? Can anyone describe to me what its advantages are? Other writers wax fannish over it, but I'm frankly finding it unintuitive and more frustrating than exciting. I'm limited to the Linux version, which may be hobbled compared to the IOS and Windows versions, but before I give it up, I'd like to know what I'm failing to appreciate.

And now it's 2:00 a.m. Almost bedtime. :D

*The subject was the Tea Party and the GOP, and it was fascinating.

Date: 2014-01-12 10:44 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: Azz and best friend grabbing each other's noses.  (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
The part I really appreciate involves the notecard view, and how I can then fill in story related to the notecard, and then shuffle the notecards around and have the story bits shuffle with the notecard. I may have to edit for transition and continuity, but the physical aspects of juggling chunks of text by hand often irk me.

Date: 2014-01-12 11:01 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: Azz and best friend grabbing each other's noses.  (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic

Good luck!

Date: 2014-01-12 02:47 pm (UTC)
kis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kis
I use Scrivener and love it. I like the way you can collect and organize your research, how it keeps chapters, and the fact that you can scan documents for frequency of word use (repetition clangs with me when I encounter it, so it's a wonderful tool when you remember to use it). I like the way you get a corkboard for summary 'cards' and the option to see a (possibly longer) script version of these. Hell, there's even a little notepad for scribbling down reminders for each segment.

I use the Linux version too so I haven't yet tried synching it with an online storage places like Dropbox (which I know is possible with the Windows version).

Date: 2014-01-20 08:26 pm (UTC)
kis: (Bendy: reading/van gogh)
From: [personal profile] kis
I could send you some screencaps of things in use, if you like?

Date: 2014-01-20 08:37 pm (UTC)
kis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kis
Will do. Though probably not until tomorrow. If you have anything specific you want to see in use, let me know - although I suspect I've only scratched the surface of what it can do.

Date: 2014-01-20 08:50 pm (UTC)
kis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kis
I can never read instruction manuals. Don't have the patience. Or the ability to retain information like that.

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