Wrestling With Scrivener

After near­ly two decades of being a MS Word pow­er user I final­ly decid­ed to invest into Scriven­er. I have to say I’m actu­al­ly hor­ri­fied at the amount of things I have to learn (accord­ing to the man­u­al) to become pro­lif­ic in this thing, but oh well, shiny coin already spent. I don’t know if I’m going to regret my deci­sion, because I didn’t do it before I start­ed my new book. I don’t find the expe­ri­ence of mov­ing to a new soft­ware fun and not because I hate learn­ing new things. Even this sim­ple task of import­ing text threw me out of my com­fort zone. 😀 Any­way, here I am, in the mid­dle of trans­fer­ring my man­u­script. Good it is only some 70k. I’m actu­al­ly think­ing of doing the same with my pre­vi­ous books, just to keep them all in one place. 

I feel like a damn newb. >_<
I feel like a damn newb.

This whole affair will def­i­nite­ly slow me down from my writ­ing, but no more than 800 hours of play­ing Skyrim did. And this game intro­duced me to the hell of a sim­u­la­tion sick­ness before my suf­fer­ing was mit­i­gat­ed enough and I could enjoy it. 😀


So, yeah, Scriven­er, chal­lenge accept­ed.

Jeno Marz
JENO MARZ is a science fiction writer from Latvia, Northern Europe, with background in electronics engineering and computer science. She is the author of two serial novels, Falaha’s Journey: A Spacegirl’s Account in Three Movements and Falaha’s Journey into Pleasure. Marz is current at work on a new SF trilogy. All her fiction is aimed at an adult audience.


  1. I love Scriven­er, and with the copi­ous amount of notes you take and research you com­pile, I’m sure you’ll find a lot of use in its var­i­ous fea­tures. The cork­board is my FAVORITE for flesh­ing out a scene and play­ing around with the struc­ture of a sto­ry. 🙂

    1. I’m fair­ly sim­ple with my writ­ing, doing one chap­ter (or a scene with­in the chap­ter) at a time. Most­ly in a lin­ear fash­ion, even if the sto­ry itself is not always so. It’s just how my mind works and I found it easy writ­ing in MS Word. I wrote two LONG books like this.

      I don’t put research into Scriven­er actu­al­ly, now when I’m fair­ly famil­iar with it. I still pre­fer sep­a­rate files and file fold­ers of the com­put­er file/folder sys­tem to struc­ture my library and work. I’m just used to doing things like this. I just know what to back up and where then, with­out a BIG batch of files to export every time I update some­thing.

      I still don’t know if I ever get used to Scriven­er though. I’m not par­tic­u­lar­ly fond of extra tools besides actu­al open blank page. 😀

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