Is Scrivener going to make me a better writer?
Is Scrivener going to make you a better writer? Nope. Writing will make you a better writer. Scrivener will give you the tools to become a better writer. For your part, you have to write, and you have to understand and use the tools that Scrivener provides, and that might make you a better writer.
This is not a review of the product. The review of the product is easy. For a writer, this is the best product I have seen in the marketplace. If you adopt it, the act of writing is going to be a little more pleasant. I recommend the product heartily to everyone: it helps me think, organize my thoughts and write.
To get the maximum benefit out of Scrivener you are going to have to do some studying. This is a pretty complete and complex program. It does a lot of things designed to make the process of writing easier and more efficient. You are not going to get the most value out of it by just picking it up and working in it, some study is required.
You should read either of these books:
Take Control of Scrivener 2 by Kirk McElhearn
Scrivener for Dummies by Gwen Hernandez
If you are a novelist, or an aspiring novelist, get your hands on:
David Hewson - Writing a Novel with Scrivener
The manual and the practice document that Scrivener provides are fantastic but these other books are better designed to hold your hand through the process of becoming familiar with the program.
If you are a writer you are going to be living in Scrivener for a very long time. The investment you make in learning how to use the program is going to be very beneficial to you in the long run. So, get to it.
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