Scrivener is a wonderful application, so much so that it’s becoming more and more, simply the default for me whenever I need to order thoughts in the form of words.
Though, with my current workflow I tend to write mostly in Microsoft Word, then transplant the finished product to Scrivener where I’ll tweak, tinker and mess. The reason that I start in Word, instead of going right to Scrivener is a combination of minimal benefits.
Firstly, I find some pleasure in knowing there’s a ‘spare’ copy of my work in the Microsoft cloud where I can’t lose it. Also, I think words spelling and grammar engine is superb.
If I want to continue a document on my little Fire HD Tablet (don’t worry it has a keyboard) I can do so with no pre-planning. I find myself in a coffee shop more than you would expect and usually have the little fella at hand. Scrivener has no Android application, so I would end up writing in Word and then transplanting it later anyway.
For staying organised however Scrivener is king. There is no application that comes close to keeping writing organised and sensible, no matter how large the project becomes. With Word, I would need separate files for research, notes, character/location profiles and all the other accoutrements.
When I switched my web presence to a WordPress powered site though, I decided I would stay organised from the start by setting up a Scrivener project for it.
I set up my project with a folder for each month, all year. Then set up a template for posting and even a folder structure that I could roll out over the following years. I was in it for the long haul. I even wrote a post.
Then I tried to publish it. I assumed I would be able to use the ‘compile’ option to push it directly to WordPress. Nope. Wrong. Noooooo.
There is absolutely no way at all to push to a blogging service. This seems really strange given that Word can do it without so much as a cheeky plugin. I’m not going to lie to you here, I was stunned. The idea of Scrivener NOT having a feature boggled my mind.
I googled this problem as a reflex, assuming that it was I who was in error. Turns out there are some blogging templates for Scrivener all of which turned out to result in “copy this into WP editor” which, as you can imagine is less impressive than the button in Word that simply says ‘Publish’.
Now, I know that Scrivener is a tool for writers, not bloggers, but given that so much writing ends up ON a blog, it’s an odd omission.
I’m hardly the most prolific blogger in the world, I just copied my folder structure from Scrivener into, well, actual folders and resided myself to using Word, because who can argue with one-click blogging?
I can’t help but scratch my chin at this missing feature though, and the lack of an Android application. Odd stuff that I hope will arrive with the next version, though I have a feeling I’ll be left wanting.
This won’t actually affect my use of Scrivener though, it’s still amazing, wonderful and a little bit sexy. Just not as wonderful, amazing and sexy as it could be.
I really do hope that I one day find myself in an all Scrivener workflow though.