A little while ago, I heaped praise on Scrivener as the solution to the problem of writing very long documents. Since then, I’ve spoken to a few researchers who recognise its brilliance, but aren’t really sure how to get started. Admittedly, Scrivener’s interface can be overwhelming for newbies.
So, I’ve just written and published a new ebook – How to Write Your Thesis with Scrivener – which takes researchers through the process of getting started, through to actually producing a final thesis. There are lots of screenshots (138, to be precise), and everything is explained in a straightforward way. While Scrivener boasts a vast array of functionality, I focus on what you need as a researcher, using a thesis (well, mine, actually) as an example.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, Scrivener was originally available only for Mac, and the Windows version is a relatively recent development. I’m happy to report that the problems with footnotes in Windows have now been rectified and it’s now moving closer to its Mac counterpart. However, there are still some differences and the interface, inevitably, differs between the two versions. Consequently, I’ve written two separate ebooks:
This way, you can be sure that everything I show and describe relates to what you see on your screen.
Anyway, I really think Scrivener makes writing a thesis (or any other large document) much easier, so do give it a try.