Writing a novel with Scrivener - David Hewson's new ebook

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Fri May 06, 2011 11:09 am Post

A lot of people seem to find the blog posts I’ve written about using Scrivener for my novels useful. Unfortunately as blog posts they become horribly disconnected over the years and naturally aren’t written in any logical order.

So after lots of requests I’ve put together an ebook about how I use Scrivener in writing fiction. It’s very personal, covers outlining, writing, revising and then delivering as manuscript or ebook. The book was, of course, written entirely in Scrivener and delivered to Kindle from a compile too.

This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive ‘how-to’ guide to Scrivener. It’s very much focused on writing and developing a full length novel, and there’s a free template that goes with it (which anyone can download whether you have the book or not). You can find more details on my web site here and links to the book on Amazon US and Amazon UK:

http://www.davidhewson.com/writing-a-novel-with-scrivener/

I hope this is of use to some of you anyway. Keith was, as ever, incredibly helpful when it came to writing it, though any errors or omissions are entirely my own. I discovered quite a few new things about Scrivener along the way too.

For the record I've been using Scrivener since shortly after it first came out (2007 or so?). I've written five or six published novels in it (you stop counting after a while). The latest, The Fallen Angel, has a winding, quite sneaky narrative, one I don't know I could have developed and managed easily in anything else. It seems to be going down well judging by the reviews http://www.davidhewson.com

So I hope this helps both users and in spreading the word about Keith's amazing creation. If you have questions directly related to the book can I suggest you ask them on the new 'ask a question' bit on my web site which has just gone up for this purpose? It's at http://www.davidhewson.com/questions/

That way they will be there in one place and people can chip in too. I'll endeavour to get round to them when I'm not writing.

Thanks again, Keith. Now back to the book for 2013....

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Fri May 06, 2011 1:04 pm Post

A really excellent idea. Bought it. I look forward to seeing what I can learn.

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Sat May 07, 2011 2:05 am Post

Hi,
[quote="Hugh"]A really excellent idea. Bought it. I look forward to seeing what I can learn.[/quote]

Ditto

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Sat May 07, 2011 11:16 am Post

And Me. Looks good will adapt my learnings for the windows Scrivener

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Sat May 07, 2011 2:32 pm Post

Was wondering if there will be an iBooks version?

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Sat May 07, 2011 2:57 pm Post

No sorry. It's not practical to publish directly to iBooks from the UK. I'd need to buy a pointless and very expensive US ISBN for one thing. And if I used Smashwords I'd have to reformat the entire thing as a coded Word doc. Ibooks looks very unattractive from here

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Sat May 07, 2011 3:26 pm Post

Right! Gorrit! Cant find the Idiots' Guide to, 'Writing a novel with Scrivener',though. Suppose I'll have to pay another four quid for that as well! Jeeez!

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Sat May 07, 2011 3:30 pm Post

That's a work in progress! Seriously .. if I could find an easy way to get it on ibooks I'd do it

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Sat May 07, 2011 5:01 pm Post

I bet y' would! You pros don't miss a trick. tch!tch!
Oh, by the way, I read 'Garden of Evil' a short while back. Loved it! Will we be seeing more of Sister Thingy, the art expert. I thought the character had an awful lot of potential.
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Sat May 07, 2011 6:04 pm Post

Thanks for the answer.

Bought it from Amazon.

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Sat May 07, 2011 6:57 pm Post

Thank you! Trust me - if I could get it on iBooks easily I would. But it's a nightmare. I must blog on this at some stage because there's a lot to say. Kindle is so very easy once you've set up an Amazon account and given them your US Tax Identification Number (which I had already). I uploaded the book on Thursday and it was online Friday.

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Sat May 07, 2011 6:58 pm Post

Vic - 'Sister Thingie', who I know as Agata Graziano, reappears in a big way in the new book The Fallen Angel. She's not the sort of woman to stay away.

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Sat May 07, 2011 9:26 pm Post

Cheers guys!!!

Another load of crime fiction books I have to download to my kindle and read, just when I thought I was ready to write my own novel!

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Sun May 08, 2011 8:11 am Post

For anyone thinking of going down the epub route here are my reasons for not being on iBooks. Wish it were otherwise but it ain't as far as I can see...

http://www.davidhewson.com/blog/2011/5/ ... books.html

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Sun May 08, 2011 8:52 am Post

Hi David.

Thanks for the lesson in "How to sell an ebook". :-)
I got one, too.

Franz