Scrivener for iOS - initial thoughts

Created over 2 years ago by Robert Batten with 12 comments
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Dean fearce dean fearce · Author · added 8 days ago
Love Scrivener, mostly because it accommodates a non-linear writing approach, helping bounce between threads to maintain a linear plot. 
Userphoto6 original Reader Writer · Reader · edited 8 days ago
This is pretty cool app. One can install apps on iOS devices from app stores like Cydia. To get Cydia, One needs to jailbreak their iOS devices.

Thanks
Melan
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 1 like
I almost lost  the first 15 chapters of one of my books before I used Google Docs, I quickly moved as much as possible to the docs before that device crashed. Sadly I lost a few short stories.
Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 2 likes
@Jane-Holly Meissner -- I have a similar process; I regularly compile my scrivener project into a manuscript (usually word doc) and back it up in Google Drive.
Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 1 like
I actually keep a copy of my writing on Google docs, just in case. There are probably better ways to have a backup, but this works for me.
Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 1 like
Basically what @Gregg Roe said. Nothing wrong with using any tool that works for you. Lots of writers use Google Docs, Word, Pages, etc. 

For me, I take lots of notes, and like to view my work in a more structured manner, breaking it down into manageable chunks, which means Scrivener is great for me. Others work differently, and may find it to be less valuable. Obviously, there is also price - Google Docs is free, Scrivener is not.
Img 2451 Gregg Roe · Reader · edited over 2 years ago · 1 like
There is nothing wrong with writing in Google Docs or any other simple word processor, but there are huge advantages in using software that is specifically designed for writing books. I started off in a word processor (Pages), but simply navigating the book became a challenge as it kept growing. Scrivener makes it simple to navigate the book (and rearrange scenes and chapters). It also provides convenient places for character descriptions and other supplementary material. And it can compile the finished book into a variety of formats.

Disclaimer: I do not work for the company that produces Scrivener or have any financial investment in them. I’m just an author that loves their product.
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited over 2 years ago
Personally I just write in google docs, I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. It does what I need it to so far, but I’ve needed to split my books into separate docs each in order for it to work well, otherwise they crash when I try to open them. Is it fine to write in google docs?
Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · added over 2 years ago
A basic follow-up post: 
There have been a couple of things with the iOS version of Scrivener that have been frustrating me, and I’ve been slowly finding solutions to them.

The first one was the spellchecker. I’m in Australia and the spellchecker was insisting on correcting everything to US English. It took a few google searches, but I did find the solution in the end: https://robertbatten.net/2016/09/21/scrivener-for-ios-spellchecker-language/
Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 1 like
I use Scrivener for Windows and I really like it. It’s perfect for outlining, writing, and tweaking the outline painlessly as I go along.
Img 2451 Gregg Roe · Reader · edited over 2 years ago · 1 like
I’ve been using the Mac version of Scrivener, but I like the iOS version so much that I’m seriously considering buy the large iPad just for writing. It’s just that good.
Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 2 likes
I’ve been using the new Scrivener for iOS as my main writing tool for the last couple of weeks and decided to capture my thoughts so far - you can read them here: https://robertbatten.net/2016/09/18/using-scrivener-for-ios/