Scrivener for Windows 3.0 Beta Adoption

I have decided to switch back from Word to Scrivener, but specifically to the latest 3.0 beta version.

Why you ask? Well, specifically because I need a hook to keep writing, and using the formatting structure that Scrivener gives you helps a lot in that. But additionally I wanted to see what version 3 now offers, considering some people are saying that they are using it as there primary writing tool now. That exhibits some considerable confidence in the strength of the beta.

So I have installed it on my various computers, and I have imported a Word document into it to do the splitting again. This is a 38 section document that I need to split accordingly, which is easy enough as I can work from the bottom of the document, select the section I want to split and use the split this option to get it in it’s own document. This is now complete and didn’t take long at all.

Now on reviewing the document, it’s in easier chunks and I’ve already spotted one small line wrap issue, which I had missed previously. Having completed that, I have used the compile option to produce a mobi file that I’ll upload to my Kindle tonight, then review the document for any issues. It is also a document about writing fiction, so I’ll be going through it all.

Note this is against beta 29. A word of warning though that it is a beta, so backup regularly and be prepared for data issues – although I am not expecting any this late in the day.

Website Rationale

I’ve had this website for a number of years and during that time it has served many purposes, often around programming, writing and general IT. It never really went anywhere.

So I’m rebooting it to host my content on writing again. Not sure if it will go anywhere, but let’s see.

I have re-published old content. I was going to bring it up to date with my revised thoughts and ideas, but have left them in their original format for now.

State of Play – 2018

At the moment, the writing doesn’t consist of any more than a few journal entries and this blog post. I am looking to ramp this up this year, but obviously nothing much to show for it so far.

I am writing in Scrivener again, looking forward to the release of version 3 for Windows sometime this year. Had a quick look at the beta version but didn’t want to get overseen with that. Will worry about it when it is released.

I’ll post again once I’ve updated the website content. I know my categorisation of posts and SEO needs some work, and I am very poor at tweeting stuff, so need to up my game there.

I also need to get out more into the writing world this year, way to solitary for my own good.

The State of Play

Where am I now with my writing. To be honest, I’ve not done much at all. I tried restarting my journaling after Christmas, but have yet to hit my 500 words a day target.

Additionally the blog has been quiet.

So, I’ve updated the blog a bit. I’ve switched back to Scrivener at version 1.9.7 so almost all my content is in there. I’ve not done anything with the novels yet, but will review them in due course to see which one I need to focus on.  The same goes for the non-fiction stuff, I really need to focus on a couple of items and get them through the production cycle.  As yet, nothing I have done has been through a full production cycle.

Additionally, the full time job is going to remain IT management and so I’m going to revise my business plan for a part time writing career.  Career should probably be in quotes, but basically look at how I can put sufficient time, effort and money into developing it as a sideline.

You’ll just have to see how I get on.

Switching back to Word (from Scrivener)

I have decided to switch back to Word from Scrivener. This is because at the last upgrade (1.8.5 for Windows), I lost all my quote marks from a novel I’m working on. Sufficiently annoying for me to worry about what else the software had done, and for me to lose confidence in the product.

I had come up from the immediate previous version, and had not done anything as far as I can tell to trigger the change. I also had an odd keyboard issue with the software as well, which wasn’t matching the settings on my PC, whether that was the actual reason for the quotes issue or not I don’t know.

Either way, for now I’m using Word. Doesn’t mean I won’t keep an eye on Scrivener, as I know I’ll lose some very good features in the application, especially the tree structure that helped me write in chunks. Probably test new versions against the last project version of the novel, see what it does.